Highlines & Highballs

Our awesome partners!Highlines & Highballs is Saturday December 5th

We’ll rig slacklines all over The Spot for you to try, and if you’ve got skills you’ll earn a chance to walk the infamous Font-Hueco highline!

Food, beer, raffle & more!

FREE for members and their guests, just $10 for non-members.


11/1/2015 | New Stuff, Staff News
Austin Schuler

Hometown: Arcata, California
Hobbies: I draw and ride my bike when i am not climbing. I super into building structures and taking driftwood and rocks from beaches, also i am kind of a gleaner.
Music: Lately I have been listening to Louis Armstong, Louis Prima, Al Green, Shakey Graves, and Them Crooked Vultures.
Vacation: I don’t really know if i vacation… I mostly go on climbing trips.
Movie: Drunken Master with Jackie Chan
Book: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell is a pretty rad book and there is a dog named Puke!
Quote: “Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 10 days I’m going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to tag along is more than welcome.” – Bill Murray
Climbing since: 2011

Austin Schuler is The Spot’s newest setter. Austin has been climbing for five years and cut his teeth at local areas around his home town of Arcata, California, and in the Sierras around Tahoe and Bishop. Austin’s been setting almost as long as he’s been climbing, and just after he moved to Boulder he volunteered for 12 hours to help paint the Front Hueco, so we decided to hire him. He’s a great routesetter who enjoys both technical and powerful setting. Look for his initials – AS – and let us know how you like his boulders!

Why did you join the team at The Spot?
Setting is something I really enjoy and so I when I moved out here it was something I wanted to pursue. The Spot’s setting team is awesome!

What do you love about working at The Spot?
I love the community of people who work and climb at The Spot. This aspect helps Boulder feel like home.

Why do you climb?
Because it is the center of my life.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
Hopefully in five years I will still be climbing and be happily living in some awesome place with awesome people. I would also like to receive further education in a field that I am passionate about but for me that doesn’t necessarily mean the traditional college route. I also hope to still have lush locks.


Psychedelia 2015 - Dr. Seuss

2015 Psychedelia Sponsors




The Spot’s 2015 Psychedelia is almost here! This year we’re going all out with our Dr. Seuss theme, and we can’t wait to see what crazy Seussian costumes you all come up with.

This glow-in-the-dark, blacklight event is well-known as one of the biggest and best indoor climbing events around! Hundreds of climbers dress up for our party/bouldering comp filled with wild decor and twisted problems with all manner of special features. We’ve done trampolines, rope swings, slides, hanging toxic waste barrels… who knows what we’ll come up with this year? With fire dancers, tape art from local artists, a huge raffle, beer, food, a legendary costume contest, and much more, this is not your traditional comp!

And join our Facebook event for the latest updates!

This year’s Psychedelia is presented by LaSportiva and Nite Ize! We will have great prizes for the best dressed guy and girl in each session!

Still costume planning? Read these great tips and tricks for your Psychedelia costume by our head route setter Jackie Hueftle.

Special Tiny Tot Blacklight Adventure during the 9:30-12:30 including blacklight games & activities for younger children 4 to 9 years old! It’ll be a fun time for your little climber and includes a costume contest, but is not a scored event and has no raffle. Children must be accompanied by a parent.

Check out media from past events:
Psychedelia 2014 photos and video
Psychedelia 2013 photos
Psychedelia 2012 photos
Psychedelia 2011 photos and video
Psychedelia 2009 video
Psychedelia 2007 video
Psychedelia 2005 video

Entrance Fees
Competitors $45 ($35 for Spot members, youth competitors include one youth spectator)
Tiny Tot Blacklight Adventure $10 (for young kids 4-9 years old, accompanied by parent)
Youth Spectators $10 (youth competitors & tiny tots include one youth spectator)
Adult Spectators $20 ($15 for Spot members)
Raffle tickets $2 each, or 3 for $5

8:30 am – Outdoor registration opens for C/D/TinyTot
9:00 am – Doors open & review for C/D/TinyTot
9:30 am – Climbing begins for C/D/TinyTot
12:30 pm – Climbing ends for C/D/TinyTot (food, raffle & costume contest to follow)
12:30 pm – Outdoor registration for Jr/A/B
1:00 pm – Doors open & review for Jr/A/B
1:30 pm – Climbing begins for Jr/A/B
4:30 pm – Climbing ends for Jr/A/B (food, raffle & costume contest to follow)
5:30 pm – Outdoor registration for Adults
6:00 pm – Doors open & review for Adults
6:30 pm – Climbing begins for Adults
9:30 pm – Climbing ends for Adults (food, raffle, costume contest & Finals to follow)

And join our Facebook event for the latest updates!

Note for youth competitors & spectators: this event sells out and due to our capacity we are asking each youth competitor to only bring in one spectator each. In addition, we will not be able to admit you to the adult session of Psychedelia. However, we will have a costume contest and huge raffle for the youth sessions! And around 10pm youth competitors (not spectators) will be invited to watch the adult finals AS ABLE, IF SPACE ALLOWS. Thanks in advance for your understanding. If you want to guarantee entrance to the adult Psychedelia please purchase an additional adult spectator pass. To be eligible for Finals, you must register and compete in the adult session.

Note for Spot members & customers: the gym will be closed to general climbing both the day of the event and the two days prior. Spot members are able to climb for free those days at the Boulder Rock Club (thanks BRC friends!)


9/23/2015 | New Stuff, Staff News
Anders Rasker

Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Hobbies: Climbing, Photography, Skiing
Music: Electronic, Classic Rock, Rap
Vacation: Backpacking through Europe
Movie: The Prestige
Book: Life of Pie
Quote: “All you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be.” Pink Floyd
Climbing since: 2005

Anders Rasker has been a part of The Spot’s family for over 10 years. He started out on our youth team and has been quietly crushing the Spot’s hard problems ever since. Now he’s also taking care of a different type of problem – our t-nuts – and he can often be found taking the lead on t-nut repairs and reconstruction. A few weeks ago Ders began setting routes and his first problems, all labeled AR, have been quite popular. He’s also a photographer and an artist – perhaps you’ve seen the cool The Spot sign he made from old bolts welded together? If you see him in the gym please say hi!

Why did you join the team at The Spot?
Beginning of 2015

What do you love about working at The Spot?
The community is always inviting and friendly.

Why do you climb?
It’s always different, and always changing.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
Still climbing, but hopefully I will have won the lottery by then.


2015 College Outside Fest

College Outside and The Spot Bouldering Gym are teaming up to throw the second annual, large scale, intercollegiate climbing event in the outdoor capital of the country, Boulder Colorado! Building off of the success of last year, it will be an epic day and night of climbing, blacklight bouldering, slacklining, professional athletes, clinics, a live DJ, food, music, lots of ways to win epic prizes, and so much more!


NINJA SMACKDOWN – Thank You Wolf Pack!!

Ninja Smackdown at The Spot on Sat Sep 26

Join us for the first stop on the inaugural Ninja Smackdown series!

We’ve confirmed Wolf Pack members Brian Arnold, Ian Dory, Noah Kaufman & Meagan Martin will be at The Spot for Finals!

The series includes:

  • The Spot, Boulder Sept 26th
  • Earth Treks, Golden Oct 10th
  • Apex Movement, Boulder Nov 14th

Ninja Smackdown is a sick new event, where The Spot will be filled with ninja obstacles, styled after the popular American Ninja Warrior show. Not only do you get to test your ninja skills, but if you come to the evening Finals you’ll get to meet members of the world-famous Wolf Pack! Be a ninja! Meet the ninjas!


Youth Results

Adult Results (coming Monday)


  1. Lance Hering
  2. Jake Murray
  3. Max Manson
  4. Kyle Allen
  5. Matt Wilder


  • 9:00am – Registration opens for youth divisions
  • 10:00am – Competition begins for youth divisions
  • 1:00pm – Competition ends for youth divisions
  • 2:00pm – Registration opens for adult divisions
  • 3:00pm – Competition begins for adult divisions
  • 6:00pm – Competition ends for adult divisions
  • 7:00pm – Finals


  • Four co-ed divisions: 11 & under, 12-15, Recreational (16 & over), Open (16 & over)
  • Two sessions with 200 max competitors (First up to 15yo, Second 16 & over)
  • Three categories of obstacle will be assigned higher point values based on category difficulty.
  • Once a competitor begins an obstacle that attempt counts.
  • Competitors earn 100% of points for an obstacle completion on the first attempt, 80% for completion on the second attempt, and 60% for completion on third or later attempts.
  • Each competitor’s final score is the sum of the top 5 point values they earned.
  • The top 10 Open competitors will advance to Finals
  • Finals will be judged by stopwatch, and will consist of a course that links 4-8 obstacles together


  • $35 pre-registration, $30 pre-registration for Spot members, $40 at the door (if spaces are left, 100 for youth, 100 for adults)
  • Spectators are free prior to Finals
  • $10 spectator tickets for Finals (available up to capacity)
  • All competitors get a spectator ticket to Finals
  • Additional raffle tickets will be available (all competitors and spectators get a ticket)


Ninja Smackdown Sponsors business listing


Boldr Blast

Join us on Saturday September 19 for our annual USAC competition! We’ve been hosting these for over 13 years, so you know it’ll be good!

Featuring 40 brand-new sick comp problems, great food, drinks & music, a HUGE raffle and more!


$45* at the door
$40* pre-registration
$35* pre-registration for Spot members
*Add $5 to any registration if you’re not a USAC member
$10 (only for adult comp, no charge for youth comp spectators)
$2 each or 3 for $5

9:00 doors open for youth
10:00 youth C/D start
12:00 youth A/B/Jr start
12:00 Evol burritos served
1:00 youth C/D end
3:00 youth A/B/Jr end
Youth raffle shortly after end
4:00 doors open for adults
5:00 adult divisions start
6:30 Evol burritos & Avery beer served
8:00 adult divisions end
Finals and then raffle to follow

Note: the gym will be closed to general climbing both the day of the event and the day prior. Members are able to climb for free those days at the Boulder Rock Club (thanks BRC friends!).


Our Beloved Partners


Troy Singh-Derewa

Hometown: Darien, Connecticut
Hobbies: I love spending time with my dog, Attila. When I’m not climbing I enjoy snowboarding, longboarding, slacklining, and Esports.
Music: I like most types of music, except country! From Rhymesayers hip hop to partying at Bassnectar or chilling to Bonobo- if there’s a good beat I’ll probably like it!
Vacation: My dream vacation is to go to Mallorca for some DWS! Followed by a quick island hop to Ibiza for house music on the beach.
Movie: Funny buddy-flicks like Shanghai Noon or Wedding Crashers are my favorite. Also anything nerdy- like lord of the rings or sci-fi space thrillers.
Book: The Elegant Universe, Siddhartha, Touch for Health
Quote: “When you are in doubt, be still, and wait; when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage.”
Climbing since: ’05 in the Gunks!

Why did you join the team at The Spot?
I am a part of The Spot family because I believe in making the sport of climbing accessible to everyone. Not only are Spot climbers some of the strongest climbers around, they are also usually the ones having the most fun! Working with this team allows me to do what makes me happy, as well as progress with my goals for climbing.

What do you love about working at The Spot?
The best part about working at The Spot is being involved with the climbing community. I am inspired by people every day who are working to get stronger and experience more out of life.

Why do you climb?
I climb because because it helps me to be a better person! Through climbing I have learned patience, dedication, humility, and a way to push what my body is capable of. Climbing has also brought me to some of my closest friends.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
In five years I hope to be using climbing as a way to see more of the world. There are so many amazing places to see and types rock to experience. To be happy and healthy is all I can ask for!

Anything else you’d like to tell folks?
Thank you for showing interest in my life! I am grateful to be at The Spot in beautiful Colorado.


Welcome Back Bash

Let’s celebrate while summer is still here at The Spot’s annual Welcome Back Bash! It’s FREE TO THE PUBLIC (yes, you read that right)!

This year’s theme is “ninjas” and ANW star Brian Arnold will be setting up ninja warrior obstacles. It’s a sneak preview of his Ninja Smackdown we’re hosting on September 26th. Stay tuned, that will be a sick event!

Come party with us at Welcome Back Bash! The festivities are from 5pm to 10pm featuring FREE bouldering, FREE food, FREE drinks, FREE door raffle, and a FREE SPOT PINT GLASS to the first 250 new and current members (EFT and annual PIF only). We’ll have food from Freshii On The Hill and EVOL burritos, as well as tasty beverages from Avery Brewing and Upstart Kombucha. And everyone in attendance gets a raffle ticket to win cool stuff from our awesome partners below!

Our Beloved Partners


8/11/2015 | New Stuff, Staff News
Michelle Watson

Hometown: Arvada CO
Hobbies: Painting, Reading, and far too much time on Pinterest
Music: Wu Tang, Odesza, Gogol Bordello, Lily Fangz
Vacation: NYC, hopefully Japan one day
Movie: Princess Mononoke, SLC Punk, Amelie
Book: Harry Potter
Quote: “Those eggs were a lie! They gave me no eagle powers! They gave me no nutrients!” – Nacho Libre
Climbing Since: 2011

We’re psyched to introduce Michelle Watson, one of our newest staff members. A Colorado native, Michelle has been a member and part of The Spot community for years, so it only felt natural to give her a job! She is one of the nicest, kindest people you’ll meet, and between her cool blue hair and her outdoor crushing, Michelle fits right in here at The Spot. Next time you’re through the gym and she’s working the front desk say “hi”!

More from Michelle…

Why did you join the team at the Spot?
I wanted to have a job that was meaningful and that I could get excited about, climbing is something I want to share with everyone in the community. I’ve wanted to work here since I started climbing because this is the one place in Boulder that really feels like home.

What do you love about working at the Spot?
I absolutely love the people I work with, I never knew work could be so much fun and I’m so thankful to be having this experience right now. I also love being able to introduce new people to climbing because I think it can change lives, it definitely changed mine.

Why do you climb?
I hated climbing when I started, I was a soccer player for 12 years and didn’t have room for much else, my sister introduced me and I slowly grew to love it and actually quit playing soccer for a while. It’s a very individual sport in that it’s all about pushing yourself and trying hard but the relationships that climbers develop are the coolest and tightest I’ve ever seen so it’s really the best of both worlds.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
Terrifying question. I have two years of college left and really am not sure of how I want to apply my degree right now, all I really know is that I love doing anything artistic, I love climbing, and I hope that I can find some way to make money AND be happy.

Anything else?
I just want to thank everyone in the gym for making the Spot my favorite hangout and now my wonderful workplace, it’s been great and I’m psyched for the good times to come!