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Climbing at the Red River Gorge – by Jodye Boam

Recently a few Earth Treks Timonium and Earth Treks Golden staff got together and decided to head out for a climbing trip to the Red River Gorge.

Here is Jodye Boam’s blog about their trip! Enjoy the blog and amazing photos!

Climbing in Red River Gorge

by Jodye Boam, Earth Treks Timonium
Retail Assistant/Shift Supervisor

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Rainy is the first word I can think of to sum up our climbing trip to the Red River Gorge in October. But contrary to popular belief, rain does not ruin a climbing trip (condensation, on the other hand, is en entirely different beast). At least not with a crew as psyched as ours. Included in the line up were Earth Treks all-stars Matt and Charlotte Bosley, Mike Hauck, and myself, as well as Justin Smith, Sam Voso, and Adam Pettee.

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We all stayed in a cozy cabin that had a wonderful surprise in store for us. One particular night, while we were relaxing in the hot tub (!) it started to rain sideways. Booms of thunder were punctuated by screams of terror as we all sprinted into the safety of the cabin. To say we were surprised that it was just as wet inside as it was outside would be an understatement. Rain was pouring in through our (apparently unsealed) windows, soaking everything on the left side of the house. Don’t worry, though: when we called the cabin rental agency, they confirmed that it was, in fact, going to rain again the following day, and that they’d send up plenty of towels for us to clean up with.

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Weather aside, we had 10 full days ahead of us, and no set agenda. We took plenty of time to climb the classics, as well as explore routes we’d always swept past, and found some real gems along the way. Thank goodness for four wheel drive; most of our time was spent in the depths of PMRP, where, it seems, the climbing potential expands every time we return.

 

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Purgatory, home of the classics Lucifer 5.14c, as well as Paradise Lost 5.13a was one of the first destinations on our list. We found great warm-ups just around the corner. In perfectly pumpy Red River Gorge style, the holds were great and the angle was steep, which provided fun and interesting climbing for everyone. After a sufficient warm-up, Matt put in great work on Dracula ’04, being hindered not by the pump, but by that pesky condensation we talked about earlier. Meanwhile, Justin hopped on Paradise Lost, a project he had committed to on our last trip to the Red. After a few days of work, a break in the weather, and a send train led by none other and Anna Stohr, Justin was able to send!

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Running with the theme of hard sends, Mike found his project, Triple-Sec (aka 50 Bucks) 5.12d, at The Sanctuary in the always beautiful Muir Valley. Mike’s send of this seemingly blank face, sprinkled with a few crimps and pockets, leading to a crux, then to a no-hands-rest, followed by another crux, was truly inspiring.

 

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Another fine gem in PMRP was Random Precision, one of the few vertical climbs in the entire Red River Gorge. This was one of my absolute favorite climbs of the trip, and one I’d surely come back to again.

 

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Drive-By is another crag we found ourselves at time and again. With climbs like Breakfast Burrito, Fire and Brimstone, Naked Lunch, and Whip Stocking, lined up perfectly in a row, it was hard to stay away. After we had all tried nearly every classic moderate Drive-By had to offer, we made our way down the line and eventually came to the super-classic 5.14c Kaleidoscope. You know the saying: last go, best go. Matt punctuated the trip perfectly with a send on the very last day!

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.

Pro Clinic Series (PCI) coming to Earth Treks Rockville and Timonium April 10-11th.

If you didn’t get a chance last year to attend the PCI clinics in Rockville this is your chance! Kevin Jorgeson will be running the PCI clinics this time around and we are excited to have him!  Clinics will take place at two Earth Treks locations:

April 10th -Earth Treks Timonium
April 11th-Earth Treks Rockville
6:30pm and 8:00pm**
Clinic: TOP 3 MISTAKES CLIMBERS MAKE ON OVERHANGS – AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
The focus of this clinic is to help you dramatically improve your performance on overhanging terrain. While training will make you stronger, technique is the key to unlocking your intrinsic potential. Each session will be specifically focused to the ability range of the participants. Space is limited and will fill quickly!

**The 6:30pm Session is ideal for climbers in the range of v0 – v4
**The 8:00pm Session is ideal for climbers in the range of v5 and up.PCI-ETWebsite-HomepageImage

 

Wondering who Pro Climbers International is?
Pro Climbers International (PCI) is an association founded to create a better future for athletes through programs that develop and inspire the next generation of climbers.

To help develop the next generation, PCI began a community climbing initiative in Sonoma, CA in January 2010. In two years, over 2,500 square feet of climbing surface have been installed, over 750 kids have been exposed to the sport. Climbing is now the most popular sport at the elementary school. Climbing camp at the Boys and Girls Club is sold out every summer.

To help inspire the next generation, PCI produced a captivating professional bouldering competition in Boulder, Colorado in May 2010. In September 2011, PCI launched the Pro Clinic Series, a nationwide instructional tour featuring PCI athletes for a weekend of performance clinics, product demos, poster signings, and slideshows. PCI has delivered its members to meet the instructional and inspirational demand from corporations such as Google and luxury resorts such as the Viceroy Hotel Group.

This past weekend, Feb 26th-March 2nd Twelve Competitors from the Earth Treks Climbing Team went to Colorado Springs, CO for the ABS Youth Nationals…Check out who’s competing and some video footage from the boulder problems they trained on in preparation for this comp…>

This weekend the Earth Treks Climbing Team is headed to Colorado Springs, CO to attend the 2014 American Bouldering Series (ABS) Youth Nationals. The Youth Nationals will be happening from February 28th through March 2nd.

The qualifiers are this Friday. The Semi-Finals will be on Saturday and the Finals this Sunday.

In preparation for the ABS Youth Nationals the ET Climbing team was able to practice on some great boulder problems set by some of our Maryland setters: Ward, Ryan and Charlie. We have a strong team heading out to Colorado and we will be updating the website, twitter, Facebook and our Instagram pages with photos, videos and much much more.

Team Earth Treks is nationally ranked and currently the first place team in the Capitol Region. The team meets three times a week. Tryouts are held up to two times per year.  Once in August at the start of the new season, and once in the Spring space permitting.Team Earth Treks will focus on strength, flexibility, mental toughness, and strategy. We train hard during practice and come in on our own to continue training.

If you are attending the ABS Nationals as a spectator tag #EarthTreks in your pics  and Twitter @TeamEarthTreks to share how the team is doing.  You can also follow us on in our Team Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/earthtreksclimbingteams

Good luck to the 12 competitors representing Earth Treks and to the Coaches!

From Timonium – Bret Stokes (Coach)
Gabe M. MJR

From Columbia – Matt Jones (Coach)
Amelia C. FYD
Bryce D. MYB
Connor M. MJR
Evan S. MJR
Ben D. MJR

From Rockville – Taylor Reed (Coach)
Jilly V. FYD
Arabella J. FYC
Megan L. FYA
Claire B. FYA
Kayla L. FYA
Kerry S. FJR