Summer climbing conditions are about to descend upon the Southeast. And whether you want to think about it or not, days of 90-degrees and 90% humidity are right around the corner. Once this happens, everything becomes more of a challenge; jugs become worthless and the chalk caking them takes on the consistency of tooth past, days may end quickly after a thunderstorm decides to dump 2 inches of rain in an hour...and then not stop for three more days. Even your normally peaceful, casual approach to the crag takes on a whole new character – flies, mosquitoes, ticks, copperheads,...
"To 5-10, Thanks for EXELLENT DH BOOTS !!!" -Justyn Norek
Five Ten® Youth Team Member Jesper Hilts tells us about climbing at Red Rocks and Smith Rock. The crack is called Rising Expectations 11d which was a super interesting event in my climbing. I didn't end up doing the route due to my lame foot work and time, but I think I was even more excited to take a 20 plus foot fall on a little stopper. That alone was a success.
Bernd Hassman posted this Slacklining video featuring Five Ten® Freeriders. Check it out here.
(Click on image to enlarge)He's done it! Gabriele Moroni has climbed Action Direct, the route which perhaps more than any other represents the dream and the non-plus-ultra of sport climbing. The 23 year old from Novara in Northern Italy managed to send this fierce sequence of monodoigts and two-finger pockets in Germany's Frankenjura on 17 April after having courted it (if this is the right definition) since 2008.
With all my required USAC competitions to compete at Regionals, I have about a month until comp date. This last week was Spring Break for me, meaning lots and lots of climbing. I went to Smith, spent a lot of time setting in the gym, and sent my hardest sport route to date – along with some other various hard boulder problems. I plan on as much time as possible outside until then, and even more this summer.