BOLDR BLAST ANNUAL USAC COMPETITION ON SAT SEP 19

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!

REGISTER HERE NOW

COMPETITORS
$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
SPECTATORS
$10 (only for adult comp, no charge for youth comp spectators)
RAFFLE TICKETS
$2 each or 3 for $5

SCHEDULE
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!).

THANKS TO OUR AWESOME SPONSORS!

Our Beloved Partners

NINJA SMACKDOWN – BE A NINJA – MEET THE NINJAS – SAT SEPT 26

Ninja Smackdown at The Spot - Sept 26 2015

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

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! www.ninjasmackdown.com

REGISTER FOR SEP 26 HERE:

Youth Session Registration (up to 15yo) – 100 slots available
Adult Session Registration (16yo and up) – 100 slots available
Finals Spectators
– 100 tickets available

SCHEDULE

  • 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

FORMAT

  • Four co-ed divisions: 11 & under, 12-15, Recreational (16 & over), Open (16 & over)
  • Two sessions each with 100 max competitors (First up to 15yo, Second 16 & over)
  • Each obstacle is assigned a point value based on difficulty.
  • Competitors earn 100% of points for completion on the first attempt, 80% for completion on the second attempt, and 60% for completion on third or later attempts.
  • Once a competitor begins an obstacle that attempt counts.
  • 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

REGISTRATION FEES

  • $35 pre-registration, $30 pre-registration for Spot members, $40 at the door (if spaces are left, 100 spots per session)
  • Spectators are free prior to Finals
  • $10 spectator tickets for Finals (100 available)
  • All competitors get a spectator ticket to Finals

THANKS TO THESE AWESOME SPONSORS!

Ninja Smackdown Sponsors

MEET TROY SINGH-DEREWA

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.

DON’T MISS WELCOME BACK BASH ON WED AUG 26TH!!

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

MEET MICHELLE WATSON

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!

NEW MEMBERS GET FREE UPSTART KOMBUCHA IN JULY

Upstart Kombucha

The delicious, refreshing soda alternative

Low in sugar, low in carbs, made from organic ingredients, Upstart Kombucha has all the benefits of tea. Looking for an afternoon pick-me-up? Looking for a refreshing drink after a workout? Treat yourself to a healthy option, and reach for an Upstart! www.drinkupstart.com

Upstart Kombucha

Right now new EFT members get FREE UPSTART KOMBUCHA!

Every new member gets coupons for 4 bottles or one growler refill at their tasting room.

AND did you know Spot members get 20% off at their tasting room?
3622 Walnut Street (it’s just around the corner!)
Noon-5:30pm weekdays

JOE’S VALLEY & BCC FUNDRAISER AT THE SPOT – WED JULY 15TH 7-10PM

Joe's Valley & BCC Fundraiser at The Spot July 15th

Come help us raise cash for Joe’s Valley & BCC – help us beat last year’s $3600!

$10 gets you entertainment, climbing, beer, raffle ticket and more!

Get event updates at https://www.facebook.com/events/109106089431132

Joe’s Valley is a world-class bouldering destination, but is like the wild west with very little infrastructure to support the climber traffic. This event will raise funds to help pay for the porta-potties SLCA has been handling for years. www.saltlakeclimbers.org

Boulder Climbing Community is the area’s local climbing advocacy & access organization. They build trails, replace bolts, and provide wagbags at many climbing areas across the Front Range and beyond. www.boulderclimbers.org

MULTIMEDIA FROM

Isaac Caldiero – Isaac wrote the Joe’s Valley guidebook and is an athlete on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. He will share photos, videos & stories from Joe’s.

Jason Kehl – Jason has authored highball & classic boulder problems across the US, and designs climbing grips and walls. He will share stories & videos from his travels.

BRING CASH & USED GEAR

Bring in your second hand outdoor gear to sell! Label items with name, phone, email & price, and drop off when you arrive (come a little early). And you can feel good about it too: 10% will be donated to the cause!

THESE SPONSORS ARE AWESOME!

MEET JASON POWELL

6/16/2015 | New Stuff, Staff News
Jason Powell

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Hobbies: All sports and anything active. I also enjoy partying
Music: all the good stuff
Vacation: Boulder, CO
Movie: Documentaries
Book: The ones with pictures
Quote: Everything I’m not made me everything I am – Kanye West
Climbing since: 2006

Born and raised in the South, Jason Powell is one of the more entertaining individuals you will meet in The Spot. Don’t let his size and burliness confuse you though, he’s a real softie inside. Jason is among our most knowledgeable staff ambassadors and he’s always down to talk beta. He gets pumped up about new boulders, and knows his way around the community and local crags. Say “hi” next time you see him, and ask where he’s been bouldering!

Between member check-ins we got a few words from Jason…

Why did you join the team at The Spot?
I joined The Spot family in late 2013. There was a unique opportunity for someone to join the front desk and I just so happened to be that person. Forever grateful!

What do you love about working at The Spot so far?
I love the family environment!

Why do you climb?
Because it is one of the most unique, if not the most unique sports out there. In basketball, a field goal in the U.S.,is the same as a field goal in Brazil, which is the same as one in China…But rock climbing is totally different and always changing. Not only are there different types of rock, but not even the same styles are consistent. The sandstone in Joe’s Valley is different from the sandstone in the Ozarks, which is a little different than the sandstone in the Chattanooga area. And the crazy thing is that every area has its own style and feel. Definitely something you don’t get with other sports.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
You know that’s a funny question. Most people would want to hear that I’m crushing, climbing, and being adventurous…but in reality, I want to have a family, be working a job that I’m just as excited as I was on the first day working there, in good health, and climbing in some form or fashion. Sounds pretty good to me!

Anything else you’d like to tell folks?
Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. Strive for greatness and love what you do!

SUMMER CAMPS AT THE SPOT – TAKE THE KIDDOS CLIMBING!

6/2/2015 | For Kids, Spot Events
Spot Summer Camps

HAVE FUN CLIMBING THIS SUMMER!

Here at The Spot we’ve learned at least one thing after a decade of hosting youth summer programs: it’s gotta be fun! So we focus on making sure your kids have a blast. Our instructors all have years of experience teaching youth programs in an encouraging environment while maintaining the highest standards of safety.

We offer these summer programs:

Summer Indoor Climbing Camp 2015

Register for Summer Indoor Climbing Camp 2015 here.

The Spot’s Summer Indoor Climbing Camp is a week-long day camp for kids that want to learn to climb or already love it. We’ll spend our time bouldering, top-roping, playing active games, team-building and slacklining, all in our well air-conditioned facility. There are no prerequisites and we welcome 6-12 year old kids of all abilities. A few details:

  • Each session runs for 5 days Monday through Friday
  • Held every week from June 1st through August 14th
  • Choose mornings (9am-Noon), afternoons (1pm-4pm) or both
  • The rate is $250/week for mornings or afternoons, $450/week for both sessions, which includes rental shoes
  • We offer 10% off any additional weeks of camp after your first week
  • Month memberships are also available to participants at discounted rates: $25/month (under 12 year olds) or $45/month (13-18 year olds)
  • Kids should bring snacks and water

Register for Summer Indoor Climbing Camp here.

Youth Club

The Spot’s Youth Club is our popular year-round, once-a-week after-school program for 7-12 year old climbers looking to explore the sport. This introductory program has less commitment but still plenty of opportunity to progress in climbing technique. Youth Club participants also get a full month membership, so they can return to climb as often as they want.

  • Each session runs one afternoon per week for a month
  • Held all year long
  • Choose Wed or Fri, 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • Cost: $125/month which includes a month membership and rental shoes
  • Kids should bring snacks and water

To register for Youth Club contact coaching@thespotgym.com.

Reservation & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is limited. We always try to accommodate late signups, but sometimes cannot, so register early!
  • 50% deposit required to register
  • Cancellations made more than 14 days prior to the first camp day are eligible for reschedule or full refund
  • Cancellations made 8-14 days prior to the first camp day are eligible for reschedule OR 50% of deposit is non-refundable
  • Cancellations made 3-7 days prior to the first camp day are eligible for reschedule OR 100% of deposit is non-refundable
  • Cancellations made less than 3 days prior to the first camp day are not eligible for reschedule AND 100% of deposit is non-refundable

MEET RYAN KEMPF

6/1/2015 | New Stuff, Staff News
Ryan Kempf

Hometown: Redlands, CA
Hobbies: Climbing, cooking, fly fishing, glass blowing, many more random things.
Music: I love all types music, but I grew up on hip-hop.
Vacation: I’ve traveled a lot in the states, I would like to see Squamish, Patagonia, Cirque of the Unclimbables, other far off places.
Movie: Top Gun
Book: Desert Solitaire
Quote: “Find the things that you love and that love you, and run to them”
Climbing since: 2009

We’re pretty psyched that Ryan recently joined our team as new Bookkeeping Manager. Not just because he’s excellent at bookkeeping (which he is) but mostly because he feels like kin. Ryan is an avid trad climber, and you’ll find him on the walls of Eldo as often as his desk at The Spot. But he also has years of gym management experience, as well as years of financial consulting and restructuring work with distressed companies. We’re not distressed, just excited to have a great new like-minded professional on the team here.

Between check writing and payroll processing, we got a few words from Ryan…

Why did you join the team at The Spot?
I am excited to have found an opportunity with a company where the business’s mission and vision are aligned with my personal and core values. Climbing has given me so much, it feels great to be able to give something back to the community.

What do you love about working at The Spot so far?
I love being surrounded by passionate, enthusiastic people that truly believe in what they are doing. It’s contagious.

Why do you climb?
I climb because it brings balance into my life, makes me happy and gives me something to strive for. Climbing has taken me to some beautiful places and introduced me to some amazing people. I have learned more about myself through climbing then pretty much anything else.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
In 5 years I hope to have done some more international traveling. I look forward to accomplishing some personal and climbing related goals, growing as a a person and enjoying the experience along the way.

Anything else you’d like to tell folks?
“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”  ― Edward Abbey