Category: New Stuff

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


Psychedelia 2015 - Dr. Seuss

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 and Nite Ize! We will be awarding the best dressed girl, boy, woman and man a FREE pair of LaSportiva shoes and Nite Ize kit!

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

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 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!)


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!


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!


6/1/2015 | 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



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.