I have been living in Kingston for a year and a half, and was pretty bummed for the first year, having nothing more than a birthday party gym with vert top rope to climb at. Instead of sulking around, I decided to go the proactive route, and got together with a group of super psyched climbers to plan the opening of a bouldering co-op in town. Eight months and hundreds of volunteer hours later, the Kingston Bouldering Cooperative is up and running, and the psych is high! (www.kingstonboulderingcoop.com)
My competition season is approaching full swing with one of my biggest comps of this year just two weeks away. I have been spending the last month training in the gym for the upcoming ABS National Championship in Boulder, CO. The ABS always puts on a great comp, and I have climbed in more than 7 nationals over the past ten years. While its hard to gauge my current level of strength, I have been working hard recently to put myself in a position to do well. I plan to go in with low expectations, try to do well...
The Canadian bouldering series, the Tour de Bloc, is now in motion! This past weekend, my home gym, The Edge, hosted the first Western competitions of the series. Unfortunately, due to a nagging knee injury that I incurred just before Christmas, I decided not to compete. I did, however, film finals, and for the first time ever, made a movie. Pretty proud of myself here. Check it out!
Last summer I met Pirmin and some friends in Ceüse. They just started their book project Passion Verticale, a book about the best rocks in Europa.
This year's Regionals was probably the best one yet. I first want to say that everyone at Planet Rock did a fantastic job setting the comp up, I appreciate all the time and effort they put into hosting such a great competition, and I also want to thank the DRCC for sponsoring the comp and for Vince DJ-ing the comp.
Shon Bollock and the Shasta Boyz are releasing trailers for their production Slippery When Wet. Matador Network has this to say about the crew's project: "Straight up. I love following these kids’ progressions. This crew is running stuff that makes the hardest shit we ran a decade ago (Big Creek, West Prong, the Green) look class III. The filmmaking techniques (particularly HD headcam POV) and storytelling gives you so much deeper of a sense of flow on the river and of these paddlers’ commitment to it. Bigup Shon, this looks really sweet"