Every year during the last week of April, Clovis holds an annual rodeo. Cowboys and cowgirls come from across the country to compete in various contests from lasso tossing to the exciting sport of bull riding. This year, MetalMark decided to hold their own rodeo- The MetalMark Roundup!The roundup started at 3 pm with a game of horseshoes. Soon after that came a test of stength as four teams battled against each other in a serious game of tug of war.The highlight of the event was the bull riding. Phillip created a "bull" and members were challenged to ride the beast for a lifetime of 8 seconds. Over 20 people took up the challenge of battling the beast, often with a pretty comical outcome. The festivites included barbequing lots of hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs. The first annual Roundup was a huge success and over 100 people stopped by for the fun. Stay in touch with all the exciting events happening at MetalMark. And make sure to practice your bullriding for next year!
Are you good looking? Like really really ridiculously good ? If you climb, do Yoga, or work out at the Touchstone gyms you probably are.
Mountain Hardwear is hosting an open call for male and female models to sport their spring line at their global sales meeting in Richmond in May. The company is looking for men who are 5'9" - 6', size Medium, and 32 pants and women who are 5'6" - 5' 9", size Medium, and 8 pants. The models need to be available Tuesday 5/22, Wed 5/23, and Thurs 5/24 for 1 hr dress fit session TBD and a 2 hr dress rehearsal.
The casting call will be held at Berkeley Ironworks on May 4, from 7:45 to 9pm
Models will be compensated with Mountain Hardwear gear
Mainstream portrayls of climbing can be a bit over te top. Often times, the media portrays climbing as brimming with heroics and boldness so much so that it becomes downright comical. Recently, Bear Grylls was spotlighted in The Master of Movement. He jumps! He places cams! He wears approach shoes on routes and stems on blank walls. Grylls is a well known British adventurer and has climbed Everest, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a rigid inflatable boat, an he also had a dinner party in a hot air balloon, creating a world record for the highest open-air formal inner party. Here's a great video of a man who eats cavier at 25,000 ft.
Need some gear to supplement your rack? Looking for some hard to find climbing equipment? DRG is having a gear swap from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Tuesday, April 24th. This will be a great time to buy or sell used climbing gear. Stop by with your old gear or bring cash and get some great deals.
To sign up to sell, please post on the DRG Facebook page and sign in at the front desk prior to the gear swap. This will be a great chance to get some incredible deals on climbing gear. Check it out!
Recently, former Pipeworks setter and Sacramento superstar, Joe Maier headed out to the Luminanace Boulder in the Buttermilks. This problem defines high ball. The enormous boulder problem borders on a free solo. A fall from the top would not be good. Many climbers prefer to climb problems like these top down, rappelling in and rehearsing the final moves. Maier took a ground up approach and fought through to the summit on unknown and terrifying ground. Check out this cool video of "V10 Joe" pulling down.
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April 6th and 7th, marked the 2012 Sport Climbing Series National Championships in Boulder, Colorado at Movement Climbing + Fitness. Zero Gravity Climbers Josh Levin, Alexa Nazarian, Charlie Andrews, Dylan Barks and Jacquelyn Wu traveled to Boulder to compete with some of the best climbers in the country. The National Championships are used to determine who can represent the US Team in this year's World Cups and World Climbing Championships.
After the chalk settled from the two climb qualifying round, Josh Levin, Dylan Barks and Jacquelyn Wu made the 8 climber finals. Had there been semifinals, Alexa Nazarian would have qualified with a respectable 16th. Charlie Andrews came in 24th.
The next morning, Josh, Charlie and Jacquelyn tried their hand at the speed wall. All three made it to speed finals held later in the evening. Josh and Jacquelyn had the 2nd fastest times and Charlie had the 3rd. Ranking was a combination of the qualifying round and the finals round. Charlie was faster than Josh in the final round, but not enough to swap places. Jacquelyn won her finals against Danielle Rogan, but not by enough to be National Champion.
At 6:45pm, Saturday evening, all the finalists came out to a packed house in order to be introduced to the crowd and the finals problems. Over 400 people were at the event and stands plus 3 floors were full of spectators. At 7pm, climbing began.
LT11 wrote "The finals round on Saturday was one for the history books. For the women, Sasha Diguiulian dominated the field for the 3rd straight year with no falls and a relatively easy looking flash of the finals route...For the men it was a different story. Daniel Woods was destined to win the 2012 SCS Nationals with an impressive flash of both qualifying routes. In finals, poor route reading led to a fall down low and bumped him into 3rd place. Newcomer, Dylan Barks hurtled into 2nd with an impressive read of the finals route but couldn’t hang in there for a send. Vasya Vorotnikov, fresh off a debilitating shoulder injury, rose from the ashes for a monumental attempt on the finals route, achieving high point and his name in the record books."
After the competition, Dylan said he was shocked at beating Daniel Woods. He just focused on climbing his best and was thrilled with the results. Jacquelyn couldn't believe that she tied with Tiffany Hensley in the last climb and beat Angie Payne. She was amazed when these seasoned climbers asked for her input in the final climb beta discussions.
With 3 climbers in sport finals and 3 climbers in speed finals, Coach Scot Jenerik must be doing something right with his climbers.
Finals results as follows:
Women's Sport Climbing Men's Sport Climbing1 - Sasha Digullian 1 – Vasaya Vorotnikov 2 - Delaney Miller 2 – Dylan Barks3 – Michaela Kiersch 3 – Daniel Woods 5 – Tiffany Hensley 5 – Matty Hong6 – Jacquelyn Wu 7 – Josh Levin 7 - Angela Payne 12 – Carlo Traversi Women's Speed Climbing Men's Speed Climbing1 – Danielle Rogan 1 – Alex Johnson 2- Jacquelyn Wu 2 – Josh Levin3 – Kyra Condie 3 – Charlie Andrews
Past blog entries can be found at http://touchstoneclimbing.blogspot.com/