Really nice competition and big event for the world of climbing in Austria this weekend: the European Championship. Lead, boulder and speed, the high level of sportclimbing was meeting for an exeptional demonstration in competition.
Ouch, my finger! I hurt my finger back in Feb, just before the comps were going to start. I was feeling really strong and psyched, and then suddenly I could hardly pull on jugs. How frustrating. I limped through the comp season and ended up doing pretty badly (surprise surprise). However, in the 2 comps where my finger felt ok I managed to get into the semi finals – not too bad considering the lack of preparation.
Check out Kevin Jorgeson and the Five Ten Anasazi Lace up Blancos on this month's cover of Climbing Magazine. "On October 2, 2010, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson will rendezvous in Yosemite Valley to begin their final—they hope—multi-week session of joint effort on the first free climb up El Capitan's biggest, blankest sector: the Dawn Wall. In a 2.5-hour interview at Caldwell's home in Estes Park, Colorado, we asked Tommy and Kevin about their training, how they stay motivated, their tactics for the route, how they'll define success on the climb, and what will happen if they...
Which is a good thing really! My first pair of shoes were the EB's, and back then they were awesome. That was like 30 years ago. Recently I saw a friend had some and was psyched to see how they were. Putting them on felt familiar and surprisingly well fitting. I felt like I could go out and climb hard! They were in great condition with a good edge, a collectors item! Setting off I was confident, but then two moves later all the progress in climbing shoes became very obvious!
PinkBike.com had nothing but good things to say about our 2011 line of DH/FR shoes. "When Five Ten stormed onto the scene ten years ago they really transformed the world of flat pedals. Back then the Impacts were the only shoes available ... Now the range of shoes aimed at riders has increased massively, as well as carrying much improved styling and now there are even SPD shoes available for those who prefer to be clipped to the bike."
Jon Cardwell article on DPM.com "Motivated by several emails and some amazing photos Jon Cardwell made a trip to Brazil and came back with a handful of double-digit FA’s."