The Roc comp was a blast. I had an amazing time. The red-point style qualifying round was the only down part for me. That is totally a personal thing though, the way they organized it worked really well and it every one seemed to be having fun, but I would have just rather done a on-sight style comp instead.
On April 27 Isaac Caldiero made the third ascent of the amazing highball/solo Ambrosia (v11) on the Grandpa Peabody at the Buttermilks. The impending stormy weather presented an extra challenge. It was a warm, but windy day with a mist of rain occasionally drifting in from the mountains to dampen aspirations. But that light intermittent rain evaporated as fast as it arrived and Isaac was motivated by the cooling of the breeze that provided conditions far better than he'd seen over the last warm week.
The Earth Treks Roc Comp was this past weekend, just in time to get really into competition mode before I head off to Europe for the World Cups. The format was similar to IFSC and unique to any other comps we host in the US aside from Vail, and it made the whole atmosphere relaxing and fun. I also can't say that I've ever climbed in front of a more psyched crowd! :)
Mark Busby, formerly of Bigstone, Five Ten’s representing agent in the U.K., has been hired as Five Ten’s new European Sales Director, effective June 15. 2010. Bigstone owner, Andy Bowman, will continue to service Five Ten’s accounts in the UK. “It’s a big move for Mark, and we wish him all the very best as he ‘leaves the nest’ for his European adventure,” says Bowman. “We will miss him here at Bigstone.”
"Five Ten made its mark in the climbing community by producing some of the stickiest rubber on the market. Since then, the company has expanded its line to include everything from hipster high-tops that cater to downhill mountain bikers to free-running kicks that transform urban environs into an athlete's jungle gym."