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Climbing News

My First Outdoor 12d’s - Seth Rogers
Seth Rogers
07-21-2014 - 
I finally got my first outdoor 12d and then sent another 12d soon afterwards. The climbs were the...
Prepping For SCS Nationals - Zoe Steinberg
Zoe Steinberg
07-17-2014 - 
The last six weeks have been pretty busy for me, so I apologize for not finding time to write...
Across the World in Two Months, Five Ten cup 2014 - Jon Cardwell
07-12-2014 - 
Across the world in two months, We’ll it certainly feels that way. This year so far has...
Hiangle rocks!!! - Chris Muench
Muench
07-09-2014 - 
I just got the new Hiangle as a test shoe from Bergzeit...

Bike News

Tough Weekend in High Altitude - Jean-Baptiste Bazzarini
Five Ten
07-28-2014 - 
That's a wrap here at the EWS in Winterpark, CO. 10,000ft of altitude, 7 tough stages and dusty, hot...
#5 IXS Europen Cup Spicak - Spela Horvat
Spela Horvat
07-21-2014 - 
Yeeeaaah! My first podium at the IXS European Cup. The track in Bikepark Špičák is one of my favorite...
Projekt 5 - Zipline & Bike Adventure - Jan Porič
Jan Porič
07-18-2014 - 
Second stop of Projekt 5 was Bovec. We tried ziplining with bikes, it was fun.
Team Norco INTL. - Lorenzo Update and Team News - Jill Kinter
07-16-2014 - 
Seattle WASHINGTON - JULY 15, 2014 - Team rider Lorenzo Suding was involved in a car accident on...

Healing is a Painful Process - Nick Bradley

 
Healing is a Painful Process - Nick Bradley
Healing is a Painful Process - Nick Bradley
Healing is a Painful Process - Nick Bradley
 
May 19, 2013 - 
 

In my last post I mentioned at the end that I had a minor finger injury. Well as it turns out, that "minor injury" kept me out of climbing for a full month, and for the last three weeks I have been working my way back up to where I was. It's painful because of how badly I want to be where I used to be (stronger than ever before, and sending much more than I have) and I have to climb on only jugs at a very low level, or I will re-injure my finger. So far it has been two months since I hurt my finger, and I'm still far from healed. Nationals is coming up, and I am trying to stay optimistic. Stupid sprained pulley..

 

Anyway, since I have to qualify for Divisionals, Nationals, and so on, I had no choice but to compete at Regionals with a freshly injured middle finger. I managed to sneak my way into third. The competition was horrible for me, I was scared out of my mind of re-injury, and barely had any endurance. Good thing it was only Regionals, so I can take it as a learning experience and let it go to keep a clear head for the rest of the season.

Besides my unfortunately-timed injury, I had the privilege to test out the phenomenal, revolutionizing new Team VXi. Everything about this shoe is perfection, from the stickiness of the rubber, to the way it fits your foot. Though the name can be misleading since they are nothing like the previous Teams, the improvement is amazing. The first time I slipped these easy to put on shoes, I was instantly in love. Right away I started toe-hooking and heel-hooking everything that I could find, even the tiniest foot chips in the gym, and it would stick like I was using a jug. The heel stays on just fine, and doesn't slip out at all, and the design of the rubber on the top of the toe is just perfect for those tough toe hooks. The toe itself must be in love with the wall, because it just won't come off. I've never trusted my feet more. However, because they are so sticky they end up slippery after a few days once they collect enough dirt and chalk, but it's nothing a bit of water and a wash cloth won't fix, and then they're right back to their impossible stickiness.

The only downside currently, is that I am unable to try them outdoors due to my finger injury. The VXi were made to stick to the glassiest holds, which you will often find outdoors. I'm anxious to go try the projects that I've struggled with because of the feet, but I suppose it will have to wait. Thanks Five Ten, for helping your loyal Five Ten Team take such a huge step to the future or climbing.

Photo credit: Eric Sanchez
 

Product Spotlight

Hueco Tanks Winter 2013 - Kyle Francis
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Back in Yosemite - Mayan Smith-Gobat
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Love the Experience - Jon Cardwell
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Edyta Ropek Finished the Season with 10th Place in the 2013 World Cup Classification
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World Cup Leogang and IXS EDC Schladming in Austria - Spela Horvat
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Boyz in the Hood - Urs Moosmuller
Boyz in the Hood is a mythical boulder problem hidden in the town of Truckee, CA. It was first...
No Pain, No Gain, That’s the Theory Right?! - Mayan Smith-Gobat
I hope that is true, because I have been pushing my body harder than ever before and existing in...
A Year at the Red  - Zoe Steinberg
Over the last couple of years, since i was about 15, I've started spending a lot more time at...

Featured News

#5 IXS Europen Cup Spicak - Spela Horvat
Spela Horvat
07-21-2014 - 
Yeeeaaah! My first podium at the IXS European Cup. The track in Bikepark Špičák is one of my favorite...
Off to the Land of Wild Rivers and Mountains - David Farkas
David Farkas
07-19-2014 - 
An amazing month in eastern Siberia kayaking wild rivers and drinking heaps of vodka!!!
Projekt 5 - Zipline & Bike Adventure - Jan Porič
Jan Porič
07-18-2014 - 
Second stop of Projekt 5 was Bovec. We tried ziplining with bikes, it was fun.
Team Norco INTL. - Lorenzo Update and Team News - Jill Kinter
07-16-2014 - 
Seattle WASHINGTON - JULY 15, 2014 - Team rider Lorenzo Suding was involved in a car accident on...