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Climbing News

Donner Summit's King Line - Urs Moosmuller
Urs Moosmuller
08-11-2014 - 
Father’s Day is the hardest established route in Donner Summit and one of the hardest traditional routes in the...
The life of a Working Athlete: Juggling Climbing, Work, Training, Overtraining, Rest and Life. - Melissa Strong
Melissa Strong
08-11-2014 - 
Like many others out there we are the working bees in the climbing/life community. There are plenty of...
Cascade Idaho 2014 - Nic Rummel
Nic Rummel
08-10-2014 - 
I had such a great summer developing a climbing area near Cascade, Idaho. This is the second summer I...
Championship Quebec, Altitude Gym 2014 - Hans Christian Montenegro
08-06-2014 - 
This competition was at Altitude Gym. It was the championship routes for the Quebec circuit. This one was...

Bike News

TEAM NORCO INTL. - 2014 CRANKWORX WHISTLER - Jill Kintner
08-25-2014 - 
WHISTLER, BC, CAN - AUG 13-15, 2014 - Crankworx is the biggest mountain bike festival in the World,...
TEAM NORCO INTL. - North American World Cups #5 and #6- Canada and USA - Jill kintner
08-21-2014 - 
Mt. St. Anne, Quebec / Windham, NY - Rounds #5 and #6 of the UCI World Cup concluded over...
Projekt 5 - Kranjska Gora - Jan Porič
Jan Porič
08-06-2014 - 
Third stop for Projekt 5 was Kranjska Gora where is first Slovenian MTB bike park called Fun Bike Park....
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...

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

Fresh Kicks in the Mix - Jill Kintner
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Winter Happenings - Angela Payne
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The Future of Comp Climbing? - Josh Levin
The first time I stepped foot in Arco, Italy three years ago for the World Championships, I could immediately...
Hueco Tanks Winter 2013 - Kyle Francis
Over the break I was fortunate enough to get out to Hueco Tanks with two of my good buds...
Foundations Edge, 8c, Fionnay, Switzerland - Dave Graham
It was so cool to have something like this come full circle. I found and cleaned this boulder in...
Across the World in Two Months, Five Ten cup 2014 - Jon Cardwell
Across the world in two months, We’ll it certainly feels that way. This year so far has...
Competition, Amusement Action Directe, Quebec - Hans Christian Montenegro
The competition was the Québec championship bouldering. This competition was not too good for me. I got good things...
Cold Weather Riding Tips - Jill Kintner
Just wanted to share a few cold weather riding tips for those miserable days out on the trails. Gearheads...

Featured News

TEAM NORCO INTL. - 2014 CRANKWORX WHISTLER - Jill Kintner
08-25-2014 - 
WHISTLER, BC, CAN - AUG 13-15, 2014 - Crankworx is the biggest mountain bike festival in the World,...
Back to Brento - Jill Kuzman
08-08-2014 - 
I'm back in Europe and my second year here is even better than my first. More experience. Bigger wingsuit....
No Words To Describe South Africa - Nina Williams
Nina Williams
07-29-2014 - 
A couple of weeks ago, laying in my cottage at Traveler's Rest, I had an interesting moment of being...
SCS Nationals – Its Not Over Until its Over - Matt Grossman
07-25-2014 - 
It was day 3 and I was on the wall in semi-finals at the USA Sport Climbing National Competition...