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!

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?
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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

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.

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.


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 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!



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!


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


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

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


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



2015 Summer Jam with The Goonies

Thanks everyone for coming! Photos coming soon…

Click here for more details.


4/10/2015 | Staff News
Diane Nickerson

Hometown: Minneapolis, Colorado Springs
Hobbies: Bouldering, eating, reading, drinking chai
Music: Too many to list
Vacation: As in favorite? Well, my family’s from Jamaica, so going back there is always best. Any warm ocean is second best!
Movie: Period piece or Sci-fi. Or Jackie Chan.
Book: How about author? Jane Austen, Neal Stephenson, Anne Perry…
Quote: I don’t ever remember quotes.
Climbing since: 1996 (except for a year of nonstop whitewater kayaking)

Extremely stoked is the only way to describe having Diane back as a Coach at the Spot Gym! It is impossible for Diane’s passion for climbing and positivity not to impact every person she encounters. With years of coaching experience she knows how to keep things fun while staying super focused and progressive. She coaches by example and is always ready to put her climbing shoes on and figure out a problem with her students or jump into a hard workout to bring up the motivation. If you have seen Diane having a session or coaching at the Spot, we are sure you will agree 100%!

Here’s some more from Diane directly…


Why did you join the team at The Spot?
Because it is The Spot– I love this gym!

What do you love about working at The Spot so far?
I love the camaraderie of the Spot staff, as well as the community of experienced climbers. There is such a wealth of climbing and climbing-related knowledge to be mined here. And of course, coaching Spot teams is super fun!

Why do you climb?
Because I cannot not climb. I’ve tried. More than a few times! heheh..

Anything else you’d like to tell folks?
Stop reading and get back to bouldering!


Train like a Ninja Warrior!


3rd Stage Training with ninja warrior Brian Arnold
Every Wednesday in April at 7pm

Stage 3 has not yet been completed by anyone on American Ninja Warrior. But in 2013 Brian Arnold got further than anyone had before or has since. He’s now training with the Wolf Pack for Season 7, and Spot members can sample their 3rd Stage Training workout every Wednesday in April at 7pm.

Signup begins at the front desk at 6pm, there are 10 slots, and it’s FREE and exclusively for Spot members.

Brian Arnold


4/1/2015 | New Stuff, Staff News
Amy Ostrowski

Hometown: Woodland Park, CO
Hobbies: Slacklining, Climbing, Drawing, Digital Painting
Music: Of Monsters and Men, Alt-J, Bonobo, Tycho… anything I can get lost in!
Vacation: Australia or New Zealand
Movie: The Back to the Future trilogy
Book: His Dark Materials Trilogy, the Harry Potter Series
Quote: “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”
Climbing since: 2013

As the newest addition to our staff team, Amy has really jumped in with both feet. She began helping as a volunteer last year, promoting The Spot at the Boulder Farmer’s Market and on the CU Campus. She did such a great job that we hired her to run the program this year! So you’ll see Amy and her team of volunteers all over Boulder County this summer and fall. Make sure you stop and say “hi”!

Amy grew up in the mountains outside Woodland Park and while she’s new to climbing the outdoors has been a big part of her life. Lately she’s enjoyed scouting for fresh boulders near her home, with eyes on developing her own secret mini zone. So obviously she fits right into our community at The Spot!

Slacklining is Amy’s other great passion, and you’ll often find her walking that thin line in local parks. She’s also psyched on highlining, and hopes to push her limits on the line this summer.

We got her to answer a few questions for us…

Why did you join the team at The Spot?
Let me answer this question with a question: Who doesn’t want to mesh their greatest passions with what they do for a living?

What do you love about working at The Spot so far?
Hands down, the people. Every staff member is warm, friendly, and inviting and I’m so excited to get to know all of them better!

Why do you climb?
I feel that the philosophy behind climbing can be applied to everything in life: You’ll often fail but if you have the tenacity to keep trying you’ll eventually achieve things you never thought you could.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
I have yet to travel out of the country, so I hope to have visited many new places by five years from now and be back in my homeland of Colorado. I feel incredibly fortunate to have lived my whole life here and I think that will always bring me back!

Anything else you’d like to tell folks?
Encourage your friends to come climbing with you any chance you get. I remember being apprehensive about trying it for the first time but I don’t know what I’d do without it now. Climbing has really changed my life in a positive way and I think that everyone deserves a chance to experience it!


1/15/2015 | New Stuff, Staff News
Helen Sinclair

Hometown: Auckland or Christchurch NZ
Hobbies: Baking and decorating cakes (see
Music: Supports NZ music; Kora, Lord, Fat Freddys Drop
Vacation: Opito Bay in Coromandel NZ, family, sun, sand and surfing.
Movie: Valley Uprising
Book: Currently Alex and I are crazy about the Gimme Kraft book …..
Quote: “There’s no such thing as I can’t reach” or/and “Its not about having the ‘balls’ to do it, it’s about not having them!”
Climbing since: briefly in 1996-break-2004

Helen has been an invaluable member of our coaching team since she joined us at the beginning of our bouldering season. Not only is she passionate about helping people improve their own climbing, the is a pretty awe-inspiring climber who leads by example.

She’s an experienced comp climber who won a National Championship in her native New Zealand.

She’s climbed The Nose of El Cap in under 24 hours.

And she’s projecting the The Great Red Roof outside of Vegas (watch this video of her).

Helen brings amazing energy to her coaching work, with great balance between technique and fitness. She’s very driven to train, and you’ll often find her at The Spot working out upstairs or projecting problems on the floor. She also is an EMT and works Ski Patrol at Eldora. Check out her blog

We caught up with her and got her feelings on a few things:

Why did you join the team at The Spot?

I was introduced to the Spot (and Alex Stiger) about 5 years ago when I visited my then future husband in Boulder. It didn’t take long before I realized Boulder and Josh and The Spot were the perfect combination for me. I trained at The Spot and became part of the furniture, so it wasn’t long before I became integrated (or should I say infiltrated?) The Spot team as a Coach.

What do you love about working at The Spot so far?

When I was growing up my coach was one of my most important mentors. I feel that now after climbing for so many years it’s time to give something back to the sport. More than anything, our coaching team at The Spot is interested in the development of our athletes, we are all on the same page with that goal. When they win we win with them, when they fall we are there to help them up, we all have that same mentality – it’s about seeing our athletes be the absolute best they can be.

Why do you climb?

Because I love it and I can’t stop – even if I wanted to.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?

Hmmmm… 5 years seems to go pretty fast as I get older, so I would imagine still in Boulder, and still training at The Spot, but there will have been a few trips along the way…

Anything else you’d like to tell folks?

Try your best at everything, even if its just warming up, or even resting, practice well, train hard, and performance will follow. If you are in need of a motivation injection come see me at The Spot – I have plenty to share.