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Interview with Mohammad Jafari and Will Anglin about their participation at the 2015 ABS National Championships

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On February 6th and 7th, 2015 we had the pleasure of sponsoring Earth Treks Golden Climbing Team Coach/Routsetter: Will Anglin and Earth Treks Golden Member/Climber Mohammad Jafari.

Both Will and Mohammad made it to Semi Finals where Will placed 17th…that’s right! In the top 20!!! Mohammad moved on to finals and on Saturday evening, after a exciting and amazing performance by all the competitors at the ABS National Championships, Mohammad was announced the overall winner in the men’s category. Alex Puccio with the Gold (in Women’s category) and Daniels Woods with the Silver (in Men’s category) won their 9th ABS Nationals Championship title. Because Mohammad is an Iranian citizen, Daniel Woods took the U.S. title.

Several of you might be asking who is Mohammad, where did he come from?  How was it for Will to compete? We sat down with Will and Mohammad this morning at our Earth Treks Golden location and had a chat with these two guys to get a little insight!  Check it out!

2015-02-09 02.02.23 pmMohammad Jafari Mahmodabadi INTERVIEW

1. How old are you?  31

2. Where are you from? Kerman, Iran

3. When did you start climbing? I started climbing when I was 16. I spent 6 years as a professional on the Iranian National Team. When I attended University I earned my Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and was not able to climb as much. My wife and I moved to Golden in the Fall of 2014 and I was able to start climbing and training again at Earth Treks.

4. How many international competitions have you competed in? Since 2002 I’ve climbed in many international competitions and finished on the podium in more than 15 competitions counting ABS Nationals. Most were in Iran, however some were in other Asian countries.

5. How long are you in the states/What are you here for? Wife is in a PHD program, so I will be here for 5 years.

6. Regarding the ABS Nationals how did it compare to other comps you’ve been in? The rules for ABS are very different than the IFSC rules. It was difficult to know what my ranking was throughout the competition. The problems were also longer and more powerful than what I am used to from IFSC competitions.

7. What was your goal when you entered Nationals? My goal is always to win.
 
8. What are your future climbing plans? I like sport climbing and plan to attend the SCS Nationals, and I hope to represent Iran in the Vail World Cup.

9. How will you prepare for the World Cup in Vail? I will focus mainly on increasing my dynamic ability and power. I will also work on pinch and sloper strength.

10. Is there anything you’d like to say to the climbing community? For me, winning championships comes second. The thing that is most important to me is being able to travel and build relationships with climbers and people from all over the world.

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2015-02-09 02.00.31 pmWill Anglin INTERVIEW

1. How old are you?  25

2. Where are you from? Golden, Colorado (previously Sykesville, Maryland

3. When did you start climbing? I started climbing when I was 13 years old as a part of the Earth Treks Climbing Team in Columbia, Maryland.

4. What is your job at Earth Treks? I’ve worked in some capacity for Earth Treks since 2005, but I work now as Head Coach for our youth teams as well as a Personal Climbing Trainer and Routesetter at our new Golden, Colorado facility.

5. What is your competition history? I competed in ABS for a few years when I was younger. Back then there was no USA Climbing and I just entered Open and had a good time. I’ve competed in a few local competitions over the years, but this is the first time I have attended ABS Nationals as a competitor.

6. What was your goal for ABS Nationals this year? Since this was my first Nationals I approached it pretty light heartedly. I honestly didn’t know I was going until a few weeks before so I didn’t necessarily train for the comp. I have been training general things like finger strength and such, but that isn’t necessarily what is being tested at these competitions. My main goal was to get a feel for this level of competition and expose myself to its different stressors. As a coach I realized it had been so long since I had competed that I was finding it hard to relate to the mental stress of the competitors on my team. I feel like participating in the event has better equipped me to coach for it next year.

7. Any future competition or climbing plans? I had such a good time at the comp, I’ll definitely be there again next year. Other than that I am focused back on my outdoor objectives. Training resumes NOW!
 
8. How will you prepare for ABS Nationals next year? I definitely need to work on my jumping and my power abilities. Other than that my biggest weakness is intensity. I’m too relaxed. I need to be more like Mohammad. That guy brings the intensity and tries HARD! I am fortunate to have the opportunity to keep learning from him.

9. You’ve been climbing in the gym with Mohammad since the Fall, did you expect he would win ABS Nationals? I honestly didn’t know what to expect. He is a very talented and experienced competitor and he has a focus and intensity on the wall that very few people can muster. I certainly thought he would do well, but I thought the U.S. setting style would give him more trouble than it did. The competitions in the states are very different than the international competitions, but he adjusted well. He’ll be focusing more on his power now and it won’t be too long before that is no longer a weakness. I know he will continue to be a top contender at whichever competitions he chooses to enter. Watch out for this guy!

 

 

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 Golden Featured on Colorado’s Best

On Feb 21st Earth Treks Climbing Centers Golden was featured in Fox 31 Denver’s program, Colorado’s Best.  Here our director, Seth Murphy; Mark Webb, Head Lead Instructor; and Amy Guonaris, Programming Director talked about what our gym has to offer, what programs we have for both adult and kids. Our fitness facility, lead/rope walls,   bouldering cave, and hydraulic system boards were among other things that were highlighted.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out the gym this will give you a glimpse of what you can do, what the facility looks like and what can be available to you as soon as you walk in the door!

What else to do here at Earth Treks besides climbing?

  • Book a party (for Kids and Adults)
  • Bring  your company for a Team Building Program
  • Take a Yoga class every day of the week! For members and non-members
  • Try out one of our Fitness Programs: The Road or Peak Performance Training
  • Check out Expeditions and plan your next adventure with Earth Treks!
  • Check out our retail area with a variety of gear and apparel from Petzl, Marmot, Prana, Black Diamond, Adidas, Hippy Tree, Outdoor Research, Edelrid, FiveTen, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Evolv, Arc’teryx, Hyde Organic,  Kuhl, Patagonia, Misty Mountain, Roxy, CAMP, Organic, Sanuk and many more.

 

Check out the link for the video on more details Colorado’s Best deal:

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Wondering what all those Kilimanjaro pics we’ve been sharing in our Facebook page were all about? Here’s an article by Marc Middleton about the recent Earth Treks Climbing Centers, Survivor Summit and Livestrong Kilimanjaro expedition…>

Wondering what all those Kilimanjaro pics we’ve been sharing in our page were all about? Here’s an article by Marc Middleton about the recent Earth Treks Climbing Centers, Survivor Summit and Livestrong Kilimanjaro expedition.

Click HERE or the image below to read the Huffington post article: “Conquering Kili with Love”by Marc Middleton

Earth Treks Kilimanjaro Expedition

image source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-middleton/conquering-kil-with-love_b_4848319.html