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Earth Treks Members: Get 20% Off Your Tickets to the Nor’easter Festival!

ubc_noreaster_poster.jpgThe UBC Pro Tour opened with a bang this spring at the Earth Treks Roc Comp where 1,000 screaming fans watched Alex Puccio and Chris Sharma dominate the field. Last month, the tour continued at the Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, UT where  Alex Puccio claimed her second win on the tour and Daniel Woods took home 1st for the Men’s Pro division. On September 24th & 25th, the UBC Pro Tour concludes at the Nor’easter Festival in Lincoln, NH with two days of climbing, music & cyclocross action!

As a thank you to Earth Treks for being a host venue on the UBC tour, Earth Treks members are eligible for 20% off weekend passes to the Nor’easter! This includes full event access including the Nor’easter Main Stage which features two days of music and will be headlined by The Gaslight Anthem. All you have to do is go to and enter the code: “getawesome” at check-out for 20% off your weekend pass to the Nor’easter. Full line up, event schedule and more information is available at , and if you want to compete in the UBC Pro Tour finale, registration is live at .



Yoga in Rockville

thrivelogo-with_urlWe are pleased to announce a new partnership with Thrive Yoga of Rockville, MD! Our new resident yogis have developed a fantastic program of Yoga for Climbers with the goal of building strength, getting limber and staying healthy.

FREE Member’s Only Yoga will be offered weekly starting August 11th. Two 45 minute sessions will be offered each scheduled evening starting at 7:00pm and 8:00pm. Dates scheduled so far are August 11, 18, 25 and September 1st. Space is limited so be sure to call the gym ahead of time or arrive early to reserve your spot.

In addition to the Free Member Clinics, our members will be able to purchase additional yoga classes at the Thrive studio with a 20% discount. All you need to do is show your Earth Treks scan tag and you receive 20% OFF ANY Thrive class or class series! (discount NOT valid on any $49 monthly series).View photos of Thrive’s beautiful studio at their website here.

This is a wonderful partnership that both our members and community will greatly benefit from!

16862_422625050031_248207855031_10740637_5622481_nA few key details about the Member’s Yoga Clinics in Rockville:

  • Yoga is free and for members only.
  • Space is limited to 25 members per session.
  • You have to sign up for yoga to be guaranteed a spot and can only do so on the day of. You can get yourself on the roster either in person or via phone by calling Earth Treks Rockville.
  • If you sign up over the phone you must check in for yoga at the front desk so we know you’ve arrived. If you do not check in a minimum of 10 minutes prior to the start of the session, your spot will be released.
  • If all 25 spaces are filled, you may add your name to the wait-list. Spots that were reserved over the phone and were not checked in, will be released to folks on the wait-list.

partners01About the Instructors: Dave Bowen, co-owner of Thrive is an ISHTA yoga instructor will focus on yoga postures, breathing techniques and concentration/meditation tools that will help climbers gain more focus, flexibility and strength.

Susan Bowen, co-owner of Thrive is also an ISHTA yoga instructor and offers classes that are challenging and inspire students to explore the practice of unifying the breath, mind and body to a place of comfort. Susan was first introduced to yoga 20 years ago while in college and has studied and practiced yoga all over the United States.

 Thrive Yoga in Rockville has offered yoga to more than 8,000 students in nearly 6 years. Check out Thrive Yoga online or on their Facebook page. 

2010 Outdoor Season News

The 2010 Outdoor SchoolSeason is in full swing! Our fantastic teams ofoutdoor instructors are bringing back some incredible stories and memories fromtheir weekend trips to local crags. The Earth Treks Summer Camps kicked offlast week as well. The kids are having a blast both in the gym and outside at the crags.

Gary reports that despite the occasional tornado warning,he’s having a great time taking folks out to Carderock and Seneca. The first Gymto Crag overnight trip was a huge success and the next trip to Coopers Rock inmid-July should be a hit.

Dan is back from guiding Earth Treks Expeditions’ participants to the highest peak in Africa and one ofthe 7 summits – Mount Kilimanjaro. The Wharton team (University of Pennsylvania’s MBA School)achieved a 100% summit getting all 30 expedition members to 19,341 feet!

We are all looking forward to a summer of great adventures at the local rock sites training folks from the Earth Treks community how to be safe and have fun at Carderock, Great Falls & Rocks State Park. Stay tuned for more photos and updates from the team as the summer progresses!

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Member Clinics July 2010

FREE Members Only Clinics! Check out the upcoming schedule for July 2010!


FREE Member Clinic Location, Date and Time Description
Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 7pm-9pm


Slacklining is a balance sport that uses webbing stretched tight between two anchor points. Great summer activity to do on off days or on a climbing trip. Slacklining improves balance while increasing leg and core strength
Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 7pm-9pm

Olympic Rings

Strength training using Olympic rings through multiple body positions, push, pull, and core. It’s an excellent way to build stabilizer muscles and balance because of the rings’ natural multidirectional movement. Workouts ranging from beginner to advanced. With guest instructor Sven Eric Radhe, a member of the University of Maryland Gymkana program.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Yoga for Climbers*

Whether you boulder, top rope, sport lead or spend your days on long multi-pitch routes, yoga has a benefit for you. Yoga deeply stretches the muscles, strengthens without adding bulk and enhances balance, stamina, and focus. BYOM: Bring-Your-Own-Mat.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 7pm-9pm

Movie Night

FREE Movie and FREE Popcorn! BYOB & a Crazy Creek Chair. This month’s movie: “Pilgrimage” featuring Chris Sharma, Nate Gold and Katie Brown
Check out the trailer on YouTube here.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Yoga for Climbers*

Whether you boulder, top rope, sport lead or spend your days on long multi-pitch routes, yoga has a benefit for you. Yoga deeply stretches the muscles, strengthens without adding bulk and enhances balance, stamina, and focus.                           BYOM: Bring-Your-Own-Mat.


FREE Member Clinic Location, Date and Time Description
Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 8pm-9pm

Cleaning Sport Routes

How does the rope get up there? How does it come back down without leaving all that gear? Learn techniques to get that gear back safe and sound Wednesday, July 7 8pm-9pm
Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 8pm-9pm

Shoulder Strengthening

Dynos, side-pulls, and gastons oh-my! Do you fear the tear of a rotator cuff or experience pain in your shoulders after a long session of climbing? On Wednesday, July 14 from 8pm-9pm a shoulder strengthening clinic will be held for Earth Treks members and guests scared of the tear.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 8pm-9pm

Building Climbing Endurance

Crisp air, changing leaves, and biting sandstone, the fall climbing season is only a few months away. Building climbing endurance is essential for sending that pesky route with the crux 60 feet up. On Wednesday, July 21 from 8pm-9pm we’ll talk about techniques for building climbing endurance.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 8pm-9pm

Building Climbing Power

How do those guys climb upside down like that? Did you see Sharma use that foot-hold for a hand? Wednesday, July 28 from 8pm-9pm lets get physical!


FREE Member Clinic Location, Date and Time Description
Monday, July 5, 2010, 8pm-9pm

Route Climbing: Rest Positions + Pacing

Milking a key rest often makes the difference between the send and another hang on the rope.  In this clinic we’ll talk about how to find places to shake out and recover in different types of terrain around the gym, as well as how to best pace the moves between rests.
Monday, July 19, 2010, 8pm-9pm

Training: Core Strength for Climbers

It’s true that the arm bone is connected to the shoulder bone, but how is the shoulder bone connected to the hip bone?  Through the core!  We’ll discuss how core strength requirements for rock climbers differ from those of other athletes, and learn exercises that will improve your ability to move through steep rock.  


Clinics are FREE to annual members. Clinics marked with an asterisk ( * ) have a limited number of spaces available and pre-registration is recommended (required for some clinics). Call the gym to pre-register.

2010 SCS Divisionals

Congratulations to the Earth Treks Climbing Team for their fantastic performance at USA Climbing’s 2010 SCS Division 5 Championship!

Divisionals took place on June 12-13, 2010 at the Philadelphia Rock Gym-Valley. The climbing spanned over two days with some fierce competition from the Capital/New England Noth/New England South region’s best climbers. Proudly representing Earth Treks, our team turned out a great performance. We had 13 team members make it to finals and 11 qualify for Nationals in Atlanta!! For the full recap from Coach Mike, check out the Official Team Page.