Earth Treks Rockville to host the SCS Regional Championship on May 10th, 2014. Read more >

Earth Treks Rockville is excited to be hosting SCS Regional Championship on May 10th.

Sport Climbing Series Regional Championships

Location:
Earth Treks –Rockville MD.
Click here for directions 

Format:
Single round Onsite Sport competition having 3 climbs per age/gender category.
Single round Speed competition.

Registration:

Registration has closed, but come watch the climbers on May 10th!


Timeline
:
8:00am  Isolation Opens for ALL climbers
9:00am  Isolation Closes for ALL climbers
9:05am  Climber Rules Meeting, Judges Meeting
9:30am  Route Previews
10:00am  Climbing Begins
2:00pm  Sport Climbing Ends
3:00pm  Speed Climbing Ends
3:30pm  Awards

Speed for each category will begin 30 minutes following that category’s conclusion of their Sport climbing round.  Estimated Speed start times are below.  Final Speed start times will be posted prior to the event.

Estimated Speed start times:
11:45am – MD
12:00pm – FC
12:15pm – FJR, FB, MC
12:30pm – MA, MJR
12:45pm – MB, FD
1:15pm – FA

Running Order:
Running Order PDF Download

Volunteers:
We are still in need of volunteers.  If you would like to be a volunteer judge, belayer, isolation monitor, or scoring assistant; please contact Ex Pow-anpongkul at ex@earthtreksclimbing.com if you are able to help out.

Parking:
Parking in Rockville can be a bit tight.  But other local businesses have offered their lots for us.  The high school across the street should be available, as they are not hosting any activities that day.  The Sandy Spring Bank is available after 12pm. There is also street parking on Fleet St and Mt. Vernon St. (along the side of the car dealership).

See map for available parking areas on the day of the event 

SCS_Comp 2014 Parking_web large map

 Closures

Days Leading into the Comp closure schedule days:
ROPED CORRIDOR

Earth Treks Rockville Roped Corridor
-Monday, May 5th ALL DAY
-Tuesday, May 6th – Until 4pm
-Wednesday/Thursday/Friday – Limited climbing after 3pm

 

Day of Comp closures:
-Saturday, May 10th – Roped Corridor CLOSED all day.
-Old side BOULDERING and INSTRUCTIONAL ROOMS – CLOSED all day.

Instructional Roomold bouldering side rockville 1old bouldering side rockville 2

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

The Road Fitness Program is open for registration. Check out the video for a sneak peak of this Earth Treks Fitness Program! >

We have a new video giving a sneak peak into what goes into the Road, one of Earth Treks Fitness Programs.

The Road is meant to give participants a strong physical-training edge to their climbing. This is a no-joke course that will be physically demanding regardless of your level of fitness. It is intended to become a part of a climber’s regular routine of fitness training throughout the year.

Many routines will be body-weight routines. Other routines may employ “unconventional” methods of resistance outside the scope of what a “regular” gym can offer. As an example, during a session participants could be expected to do a set of chin-ups, swing a sledgehammer and then drag a 250lb tire.

All workouts will be geared towards helping participants realize climbing-specific physical goals. In addition to the workouts, participants will receive additional “homework” assignments and/or specific nutritional recommendations.

Essential Yoga Exercises for Climbers

The relation between spiritual practices and strenuous rock climbing may seem poles apart, but they actually do complement each other. During climbing, one uses his complete strength generated from the body. The muscles are under constant pressure, especially the traps, biceps, triceps and legs. After a day of climbing, all the muscles in your body start to stiffen and ache, resulting in weakness or discomfort while pursuing your next climb.

During these times the art of Yoga comes to the rescue. Yoga is renowned for its spiritual, mental and physical healing. A yoga session for a rock climber can soothe the physical stress and provides relief of any emotional stigma. Following are some exercises that a rock climber should perform frequently to attain relief from physical and mental stress.

Crescent Lunge: This exercise needs to be performed in order to strengthen your arms, legs and the core of your body. It stretches the groin, legs and hip, while also expanding the chest, torso and shoulders. The crescent lunge strengthens your upper and lower body and also escalates your balance and stability.

Warrior 2: The warrior 2 exercise is very essential for climbers as it increases the endurance in your legs. Practicing this exercise strengthens your hands and legs and is useful in preventing any injuries during your climb. Essential to strengthen upper and lower body, increases stamina, relieves backache.

Half Moon Pose: One more exercise that is crucial for climbers is the half-moon pose. This exercise strengthens your legs and tests your balancing power. A really essential aspect during climbing is to maintain balance and this pose provides the strength to do that.  The pose strengthens your thighs and calves, expands your shoulders and chest, and is also believed to aid in healing leg related wounds.

Chair Pose: A complete body workout is facilitated by practicing this exercise. This pose strengthens your legs, arms and shoulders. It also provides for better stability and enhances the strength of upper and lower body. Strengthens calf muscles, improves mobility of your ankles, expands chest and shoulders.

The above mentioned yoga poses are especially for climbers, these exercises strengthens all the muscles that are utilized during climbing. Performing these yoga poses will make climbing a much more relaxed and joyous experience. There are some yoga classes in Denver area that provide some really useful tips and pointers to climbers and also train them accordingly.

Caress the skies: Top Destinations for Rock Climbing

“Climbing is as close as we can come to flying.” – Margaret Young.

The thought of a million adrenaline junkies voiced in one sentence. Rock climbing isn’t meant for the fainthearted, climbing a vertical rock wall utilizing your own strength and pushing the extremities of your muscles and will power. The catch to that, you are tied only to a rope; this rope is your savior in case anything bad happens. All this may sound scary, but to climbers it’s a way of life, a stress buster or a hobby if one may say so.

People also call it death-defying, but for the climber, it’s the most independent he can ever get. Is it a reckless sport? Ask a climber about the rush they attain from doing this; the goose bumps, the cold wind caressing his body, and the sense of pride and satisfaction after conquering a top. While we appraise the rush, let’s check out some of the most popular sites for rock climbing:

Kalymnos Island, Greece

Kalymnos Island

A climbing venue inclusive of more the 2,000 routes, Kalymnos Island is a popular destination for  outdoor rock climbing. One of the most visited tourist attraction in Greece, this island is hospitable for all, teenage climbers, aged tourists and professionals. A prompt rescue service and properly laid climbable rocks, the Kalymnos Island is a must visit for aspiring climbers.

Agulha do Diabo (Devil’s Needle), Brazil

Agulha do Diabo

Rated by many climbers as the most beautiful and scenic spire, the Agulha do Diabo, aka Devil’s Needle, is a tricky 2050 meters of challenging climbing. It is located inside the Serra dos Orgaos National Park in Brazil. To conquer the peak of the Needle, a climber needs to acquire accurate knowledge about the weather, wind speed and route along with certain improvisations in his/her technique.

Matterhorn Pennine Alps, Switzerland

Matterhorn

The most prominent geographical milestone in the European skyline, the Matterhorn Alps in Switzerland is 4478 meters of a pleasurable yet tactical climb. An extremely testing climb that requires proper use of techniques and skills, only climbers with prior experience are permitted to ascend this mountain.

The above mentioned destinations are a must visit for any climber. Nature has so much to offer, especially its splendid creations and scenic beauty, but there are only a few brave hearts that end up experiencing this extravagant phenomenon.