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COLLEGE OUTSIDE FEST BOULDER IS ON SAT 11/15

10/30/2014 | Member News, Spot Events
College Outside FEST Boulder on Sat Nov 15th

We’re psyched to host the first-ever College Outside FEST Boulder! During the daytime participants can choose from a variety of outings and skill workshops. In the evening we’ll converge on the gym for another great Spot party complete with a screening of Exposure Vol. 2.

Ready to register? Want to learn more? Check out the College Outside website for more:
www.collegeoutside.com/events

MEET OUR NEW HEAD COACH ALEX STIGER

Alex Stiger

Alex began climbing at 16 in Texas, moved to Boulder at 20, and was an integral part of our staff here at The Spot for several years. After leaving to pursue a professional career outside of climbing, she realized that climbing and training are her main passion in life and recommitted herself to climbing not only as an activity but also as her career.

Alex brings years of training, fitness, and competitive experience to her new position. In addition to climbing competitively, she’s been a competitive chess player since the age of 14 and also practices and competes in dancing. She is an avid consumer of all the latest climbing and training literature and has designed our curriculum based on the knowledge she has gleaned from her studies and from fellow coaches and trainers. Alex is extremely excited to bring her knowledge to The Spot team to help climbers of all ages and abilities achieve their potential and have fun doing it.

Hometown: Killeen, Texas
Hobbies: Chess, Breakdancing
Music: Almost everything
Vacation: Anywhere I travel to for climbing, chess, or dancing. My favorite climbing destinations so far are The Red River Gorge, KY and Bishop, CA.
Movie: Spirited Away
Book: Chess Books
Quote: “To give the maximum effort at the precise moment it is needed. This is power.” – Fred Nicole
Climbing since: I first went climbing when I was 15 years old while on a chess cruise to Alaska, one of the not chess day options was the climbing wall.

Why did you join the team at The Spot?
When I decided to move to Boulder from Texas in 2009, my goal was to work at the Spot. The Spot has become my family away from home for the 3+ years I have been part of the team.

What do you love about working at The Spot so far?
Being immersed in climbing culture. The Spot represents Bouldering from the inside out.

Why do you climb?
Why I started to climb was because I thought it was a fun way to get super fit, achieve goals and make friends. I am still climbing because somewhere along the way I became a climber and can’t imagine ever doing anything else.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
5 years from now, I hope to still be Head Coach at the Spot, have climbed V10, 5.13+, and be a chess master.

SBSX HIGHBALLS & HIGHLINES IS SAT 12/13

10/28/2014 | Member News, Spot Events
SBSX Highballs & Highlines on Sat Dec 13th

SBSX Season Partners

COMPETITORS & SPECTATORS:
REGISTER TODAY!

The next epic stop of SBSX is our famous Highlines & Highballs Comp. Come test yourself on all-new comp problems and watch awesome performers from Slackline Industries hang it out on the once-a-year highline between the Font and Hueco boulders while enjoying food from Hungry Buffs, Avery beer, a pro final, and our incredible $5000+ raffle.

COMPETITORS & SPECTATORS:
REGISTER TODAY!
Competitors $30
Spectators $10 (no cost for youth comp spectators)
Raffle tickets $2 each or 3 for $5

Schedule
9:00 AM – Doors open for Youth
10:00 AM – Youth C/D start
12:00 PM – Youth Jr/A/B start
1:00 PM – Food served
1:00 PM – Youth C/D end
3:00 PM – Youth Jr/A/B end
3:00 PM – Youth raffle
4:00 PM – Doors open for Adults
5:00 PM – Adult start
6:30 PM – Food and Avery beer served
8:00 PM – Adult end
8:00 PM – Highline demo from Slackline Industries
9:00 PM – Finals
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!)

And a giant THANKS to our season partners below. Look them over, get to know them, and buy from them when you can. These businesses support what you do, so support them!

TOP PARTNERS
adidas OutdoorAveryEVOL FoodsHungryBuffsLaSportivaPepPodRabRevolution Skoop

PARTNERS
APEX MovementClif BarCrimp ChimpsEaston Training CenterGibbon SlacklinesMax Muscle BoulderNite IzeOlmec ApparelRally Sport Health & FitnessSender FilmsSmith OpticsThe Balm BombTrainingbeta.comYoga Pod

CLIMBING HOLDS PROVIDED BY
ElementENIXGroperzKilterKingdomPURPusherUrban Plastix

SBSX PSYCHEDELIA RESULTS & PHOTOS POSTED!

SBSX Psychedelia on 10/25/14

SBSX Season Partners

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS FOR YOUTH & ADULTS
PHOTOS ON FACEBOOK

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!

This year’s Psychedelia is presented by LaSportiva! We will be awarding the best dressed girl, boy, woman and man a FREE pair of LaSportiva shoes!

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

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

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS FOR YOUTH & ADULTS
PHOTOS ON FACEBOOK

Competitors $40
Spectators $20 (no cost for youth comp spectators)
Raffle tickets $2 each or 3 for $5

Schedule
9:00 AM – Doors open for Youth
10:00 AM – Youth C/D start
12:00 PM – Youth Jr/A/B start
1:00 PM – Food served
1:00 PM – Youth C/D end
3:00 PM – Youth Jr/A/B end
3:00 PM – Youth raffle
5:00 PM – Doors open for Adults
6:00 PM – Adult start
7:30 PM – Food and Avery beer served
9:00 PM – Adult end
9:00 PM – Costume contest
10:00 PM – Finals
Raffle to follow

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, fire dancers and huge raffle for the youth session. And at 9:45pm 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.

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

And a giant THANKS to our season partners below. Look them over, get to know them, and buy from them when you can. These businesses support what you do, so support them!

TOP PARTNERS
adidas OutdoorAveryEVOL FoodsHungryBuffsLaSportivaPepPodRabRevolution Skoop

PARTNERS
APEX MovementClif BarCrimp ChimpsEaston Training CenterGibbon SlacklinesMax Muscle BoulderNite IzeOlmec ApparelRally Sport Health & FitnessSender FilmsSmith OpticsThe Balm BombTrainingbeta.comYoga Pod

CLIMBING HOLDS PROVIDED BY
ElementENIXGroperzKilterKingdomPURPusherUrban Plastix

SBSX PARKOUR JAM WAS EPIC! RESULTS + PHOTOS + VIDEO POSTED!

SBSX Parkour Jam on Sat 9/27

SBSX Season PartnersYouth Results
Adult Results
Photos
Video

Competition #1 of the 10th season of the Spot Bouldering Series is almost upon us! ABS sanctioned Parkour Jam will feature all your favorite aspects of Spot comps – food (thanks EVOL Foods and Hungrybuffs.com), beer (thanks Avery), lemonade, a huge raffle (thanks partners!!), music, a special event, and 50 new boulder problems plus 2 open finals where you can watch the top 6 men and women battle it out.

Being our 10th season, this year we wanted to start things off with a bang! Or maybe a jump. So we convinced our friends at APEX Movement to send over some of their top pro traceurs to put on a show unlike any we’ve had before! These are among the best parkour practitioners in the world!

Competitors:
$30 (plus $5 if you are not an ABS member) – register online here
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
APEX parkour event shortly after
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!).

EXPANDED *FREE* MEMBER WORKSHOPS, WORKOUTS & BODYWORK

FREE workshops

Ready to take your bouldering to the next level?

Join us at The Spot’s EXPANDED FREE member workshops and bodywork sessions, and learn the skills you need to boulder better!

You’ve been asking for skills classes, and we’ve answered your call! We now host a bunch of great FREE member workshops, workouts and bodywork sessions every month. Each has a different focus, so over the course of the season you’ll gain a wide range of skills to make you a better boulderer!

NEW TOPICS THIS MONTH
> Conditioning Workout (10/6 & 10/20)
> Training for 5 Spots (10/14)
> Intro Techniques (10/16 & 10/30)
> Techniques for 4 Spots (10/21)
> Spotting & Falling (10/29)
> LOTS more Drop-In Massage (every Mon & Thu night!)

Registration opens at the front desk one hour before each session begins and is first come first served. They are FREE for members, guests are invited for $10 (plus day pass), and there is a max of 10 participants for most workshops, so be there on time to register!

L1 = introductory/basic
L2 = intermediate/advanced

2014 October calendar at The Spot

OCTOBER 2014 - CLIMBING SKILLS

Jackie Hueftle FOOTWORK & BALANCE
Climb more efficiently with good edging, smearing, matching, hip positioning, and more.
Presented by Jackie Hueftle, coach & head setter at The Spot
L2: Thu 10/9 at 5:30p
Peter Beal TRAINING FOR 5 SPOTS
Learn training strategies for breaking into 5 spots including self assessment, training tools & strategy, and projecting.
Presented by Peter Beal, popular blogger and author of The Bouldering Book
Tue 10/14 at 7p
Kevin Cuckovich HANGBOARD TIPS
Improve your grip and contact strength through effective hangboard use.
Presented by Kevin Cuckovich, setter at The Spot
Wed 10/15 at 5:30p
Melesa Rennak INTRO TECHNIQUES
Learn introductory techniques to improve your bouldering including footwork, hold gripping and using momentum.
Presented by Melesa Rennak, coach at The Spot
Thu 10/16 at 5:30p
Thu 10/30 at 5:30p
Shannon Forsman TECHNIQUES FOR 4 SPOTS
Learn climbing techniques for breaking into 4 spots including projecting strategies, body positioning and using difficult holds.
Presented by Shannon Forsman, coach at The Spot
Tue 10/21 at 7p
Shannon Forsman DYNAMIC MOVEMENT
Save energy and pass reachy cruxes with deadpoints, dynos, and harnessing momentum.
Presented by Shannon Forsman, coach at The Spot
L1: Tue 10/28 7p
Spotting and falling SPOTTING & FALLING
Learn proper techniques for spotting and falling at The Spot to minimize injury and maximize fun.
Presented by coaches at The Spot
Wed 10/29 at 5:30p

OCTOBER 2014 - STRENGTH WORKOUTS

Gerett Burl CORE STRENGTH
A core strength workout with a focus on breathing while engaging practically every muscle in your torso.
Presented by Gerett Burl, former CU cornerback and Certified Personal Trainer at Rally Sport
Every Wed 7p
Eric Chastang CONDITIONING WORKOUT
Get stronger and fitter with a mix of exercises with a focus on antagonist muscles to avoid imbalances and minimize injuries.
Presented by Eric Chastang, Certified Personal Trainer
Mon 10/6 at 5:30p
Mon 10/20 at 5:30p
Alex Stiger WOMEN’S CONDITIONING WORKOUT
Get stronger and fitter with a mix of exercises and climbing drills in a supportive environment for women.
Presented by Alex Stiger, coach at The Spot
Mon 10/13 at 5:30p
Mon 10/27 at 5:30p

OCTOBER 2014 - BODYWORK SESSIONS

Shaun Garin DROP-IN MASSAGE
Work on those aches & pains while learning better self-care. Five 15-minute slots.
With Terry Chiropractic every Mon at 7p
With Forrest King on Thu 10/2 at 7p
With Emilia Vasquez on Fri 10/3 7p
With Sarah Pancoast on Thu 10/16 7p
With Ryan Morris on Thu 10/30 at 7p
Thomas Gilliford DROP-IN ROLFING
Work on those aches & pains while learning better posture. Five 15-minute slots.
With Thomas Gilliford, Certified Rolfer
Thu 10/9 at 7p

OCTOBER 2014 – PARTNER SKILLS

Amos Rendao PARKOUR UKEMI (ART OF FALLING)
Land better by learning a set of reactions for falling onto any surface type, indoors or out.
Presented by pro instructors at APEX Movement.
Tue 10/7 at 7p
Heather Larsen SLACKLINING
Gain confidence and learn the basics of walking that thin line.
Presented by pro instructors at Slackline Industries.
Wed 10/8 at 5:30p
Wed 10/22 at 5:30p
Kickboxing KICKBOXING
Learn hand positions, weight shifting, and effective striking with feet, fists and knees.
Presented by pro instructors at Easton Training Center
HOSTED AT EASTON TRAINING CENTER
Sat 10/18 at 12:30p

THANKS FOR COMING TO WELCOME BACK BASH!

2014 Welcome Back Bash

You joined us, and it was another great Spot party! Despite the rain, APEX and Gibbon both had great demos. Thanks for coming! Don’t miss our next party on Saturday, September 27th: SBSX Parkour Jam!

Who doesn’t need a good reason to party? Our annual Welcome Back Bash is a celebration of the season and a show of appreciation for our members. And this year’s WBB is a showcase of what’s to come in the 10th season of The Spot Bouldering Series: parkour and slacklining!

We’ve partnered with APEX Movement and Gibbon Slacklines to bring you an amateur parkour course and slacklines for play in addition to climbing, a HUGE $4000 raffle, burritos from EVOL Foods, pizza and subs from HungryBuffs, lemonade, and beer from Avery. And BRING EXTRA CASH for membership and comp package deals we’ll be offering that day!

When: Wednesday, August 27th, 5-8p
Where: In and around The Spot
Cost: FREE for members, only $8 for guests (includes climbing & the rest!)
Who: You and your friends!

And a giant THANKS to our season partners below. Look them over, get to know them, and buy from them when you can. These businesses support what you do, so support them!

Season partners

TOP PARTNERS
Avery - EVOL Foods - HungryBuffs - LaSportiva - PepPod -Rab -Skoop

PARTNERS
adidas Outdoor - APEX Movement - Clif Bar - Crimp Chimps - Easton Training Center - Gibbon Slacklines - Max Muscle Boulder - Olmec Apparel -Rally Sport Health & Fitness - Revolution Climbing - Sender Films - Smith Optics - The Balm Bomb - Trainingbeta.com - Yoga Pod

(AND an extra special thanks to Justache Sikkema, GM and instructor at APEX, for letting us use the super cool parkour photo above, even though we callously missed including his name on the printouts. Sorry, and thanks Justache!)

JOIN US ON AUGUST 27th FOR ANOTHER GREAT SPOT PARTY!

JOE’S VALLEY FUNDRAISER – OVER $3600 RAISED!

Wednesday July 30th: Joes Valley Fundraiser at The Spot

JOE’S VALLEY NEEDS YOUR CASH!
Step Up CO, Let’s Help UT Pay For The Pottys

The event went great and we raised over $3600!
CLICK HERE FOR THE WINNERS OF THE EXTENDED RAFFLE

Have you ever climbed at Joe’s? How about any of your friends?

Being one of the most popular bouldering areas in the U.S., Joe’s Valley receives many thousands of climber visits every year. To service all the human waste that comes from those visitors there are just two port-a-pottys. For the past six years the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance has paid up to $2,500 each year to maintain them. There also is a push to install a permanent toilet, and the process begins with a $13,000 land assessment. To pull all that off this year, we still need to raise $4,600. Since Colorado climbers are a large percentage of the traffic at Joe’s, it’s time for us to step up and help out. That’s why the Boulder Climbing Community spear-headed this event.

And that’s where YOU come in.

To help, all you need to do is join us at The Spot the evening of Wednesday, July 30th. We will be hosting a huge outdoor gear sale as well as multimedia presentations from Jason Kehl, Jon Glassberg (Louder Than 11), Peter Beal and others. For a modest entrance fee you’ll get drinks (Avery beer or lemonade), food (burrito or pizza), a raffle ticket (over $5,000 of stuff!) and that great feeling inside knowing you helped out.

PLANNING TO ATTEND? TELL US ON FACEBOOK!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1452479351670407

WHEN: Wednesday July 30th, doors open at 7pm
WHERE: The parking lot behind The Spot (east side)
COST: $12 includes drinks, food, raffle ticket! $20 includes Spot day pass!
WHO: You and all your friends!

Don’t forget to bring chairs, blankets or crashpads for seating in a parking lot.

AND BRING EXTRA CASH to help Joe’s! Only $20 gets you an “arms length” of extra raffle tickets to increase your odds in the $5000 raffle! And we’re hosting a HUGE gear sale (10% of all sales go to Joes!):

  • BRING YOUR OWN GEAR TO SELL! 10% goes to Joes! Bring your used gear (with your name and prices on each piece if possible) and we’ll put it on the table and try to sell it for you. Doors open for gear consignors at 6p and it is advised to arrive early before main doors open at 7p.
  • GEAR Movement is offering 70% off MSRP on tons of Mammut gear and more
  • Wilderness Exchange will be offering deals on a bunch of great inventory
  • Others… contact us if you want to show up with a table to sell stuff!

DID WE MENTION THE JOE’S THEME MINI COMP? Our ace setters will present you with a handful of problems modeled after actual classic Joe’s Valley boulder problems. For $5 you get to enter the mini comp, and for every problem you send you’ll get an entry in a raffle for a pair of LaSportiva shoes! Best of all, the cash all goes to Joe’s!

sponsorsThis event is the inaugural fundraiser and event for the Boulder Climbing Community, and is a joint effort with Salt Lake Climbers Alliance, Access Fund, American Alpine Club. And thanks so much to our sponsors:

TOP SPONSORS
adidas Outdoor
Avery Brewing
Earth Treks Climbing Centers
EVOL Foods
GEAR Movement
Hungrybuffs.com
LaSportiva
The Spot Bouldering Gym

SPONSORS
ABC KidsAPEX MovementBoulder Rock ClubCityROCK Climbing CenterClif BarCrimp ChimpsCryptoChildDenver Bouldering ClubEaston Training CenterEvolvLouder Than 11Max Muscle BoulderMiramont Lifestyle FitnessMovement Climbing + FitnessNeptune MountaineeringOlmec ApparelOrganic ClimbingPepPodPetzlPURE Bouldering GymRabRally Sport Health & FitnessRevolution ClimbingSender FilmsSkoopSmith OpticsSport Climbing CenterThe Balm BombTrainingbeta.comWilderness Exchange UnlimitedYoga Pod

PLANNING TO ATTEND? TELL US ON FACEBOOK!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1452479351670407

Join us on July 30th to help raise cash for Joe’s Valley!

SUMMER JAM WAS A BLAST!

Summer Jam 2014

Thanks everyone for coming out despite the rain! Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Thanks to Avery for providing the brews, and LaSportiva, Scarpa, Five Ten and Evolv for showing up with tons of great shoes to try on.

Congrats to Wes for winning the dyno comp, and Nathan, Hanan, Alex and Raili for winning the free shoes!

Check out these photos on Facebook.

 

Shoe Demo

GLADIATOR FINALS RESULTS & PHOTOS

gladiator-finals

2/1/14 Gladiator Finals
Click here for unofficial youth and adult results
Click here for photos on Facebook

This is the culmination of the Spot Bouldering Series.  After the qualifying round, gear up for the finals.  The pro climbers duke it out for the title of SBS9 Champion.  We’ll also host our special event, Gladiator Jousting!

Competitors – $30
Spectators – $10 (only for adult comp, no charge for youth comp spectators)
Raffle tickets – $2 each or 3 for $5
Competitors & Spectators – online registration is now closed, but you can still register at the door!

Schedule
10:00 doors open for youth
11:00 youth C/D start
12:00 youth A/B/Jr start
1:00 Evol burritos served
2:00 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 shortly after end
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 BRC.