Monday, March 16, 2009

Style of the Month program

A few people have asked us for a "Hold of the Month Program", but we thought up something a little different: a "Style of the Month" program.

Here it is: 6 holds per month for a 6 month period, from 6 different styles, with a 6% discount (obviously the magic number here is 6).

Since we have 18 different styles of holds, we want to get this variation seen by people, so we will be sending out packages of holds of these various styles each month for 6 months. So we will split our 3 different series (Basic, Real, Abstract) into the 6-month programs.

For example, if you want Style packages of our Real Series holds, then sign up for this program, and every month for 6 months, you'll receive 6 holds from the 6 different styles in the Real Series.

The "Style of the Month" packages will include:

2 Hand Jib
1 Small hold
1 Medium hold
1 Large hold
1 XL hold
All bolts and screws included.

Regular retail price for these 6 holds would be $46.80. But we will throw in a 6% discount for people who want the entire 6 month program, so that would be $44.00 per month or $264.00 for the entire 6 months and 36 holds.

Here's the schedules for the next 6 months. You can sign on for one, two or all three:

Basic Series Style of the Month Schedule
APRIL 2009: Jugs Style, 6 holds
MAY: Incuts Style, 6 holds
JUNE: Edges Style, 6 holds
JULY: Slopers Style, 6 holds
AUGUST: Pinches Style, 6 holds
SEPTEMBER: Pockets Style, 6 holds

Real Series Style of the Month Schedule
APRIL 2009: Desert Style, 6 holds
MAY: Fontainebleau Style, 6 holds
JUNE: Granite Style, 6 holds
JULY: Hueco Style, 6 holds
AUGUST: Joe's Style, 6 holds
SEPTEMBER: Limestone Style, 6 holds

Abstract Series Style of the Month Schedule
APRIL 2009: Atrophy Style, 6 holds
MAY: All-Star Style, 6 holds
JUNE: Balls Style, 6 holds
JULY: Diamond Style, 6 holds
AUGUST: Fossil Style, 6 holds
SEPTEMBER: Skehls Style, 6 holds

If this sounds like something you're down for, give us a call (877-2-Boulder) or e-mail ( and we'll set you up.

Here's a photo of the Real Series Style of the Month: the Desert Style. We'll throw on the photos for the other April Styles soon.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

09 Catalog/Poster

It's big. Almost 3 feet by 2 feet of classy Black and White glory.

One side is a cool photo of our boy Johnny Goicoechea in Squamish.

The other side is the 09 Revolution product line and info.

And it's free. Give us a call or do the e-mail thing and we'll ship it off.


New Bouldering Areas

So here's the problem with new areas; The lack of approach trails. And the subsequent hacking of trails that will be required.

I've had to chop out MILES of trails to bouldering areas and near the climbing itself. It is a completly thankless task. If one were to climb a V15 super-duper-project, that person gets a ton of respect. But what about the loser who actually found it, hacked out the trail and scrubbed down the problem? Who loves him (or her, but in this case it's me)?

Take a look at the photo below. Yes, the right side of those rock are fairly lacking any form of obstructing vegitation. But the left side looks like the Amazon.

And this is nowhere near as bad as Little Cottonwood Canyon. I've almost given up on trails in that place. Even if you mow down a 3-lane highway in LCC, it will be overgrown again within 6 months.

But I had an idea the other day: how can one (again, me) enjoy the brutal task of cleaning and establishing trails and landings in a new bouldering area. How can this ungrateful, lowly job be given the status of cool that it deserves?

The answer is this: A big-ass Machete

Machetes were originally designed for cutting down thick, heavy vegitation like bamboo or sugar cane. Or at least that's what they say.

I'm calling bullshit on that story. Machetes are just a means of turning a tedious job like gardening, farming or landscaping into a slasher flick. What better way to kill an afternoon than by actually killing stuff with a long sharpened piece of metal.

I'm going shopping for a Machete. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Dog vs. Couch

The boys from So Ill shot this while they were out here in January.

Here's a really deep question

Ads the Mags won't run

We have made a few print advertisements for the climbing mags that they refused to print. We understand and we won't name any names. But we wanted to share this one with you. This would have been published a few day's after Obama's inauguration.

Bouldering Code of Conduct and Etiquette

In case you've been living in a cave for the last decade, you've noticed that bouldering has become more and more popular. Unfortunately, more people means more crowds at bouldering areas. More crowds means getting on other peoples nerves.

So I've decided to write up a few simple rules, ethics and guidelines that we should all follow. Not only will this improve and maintain our sport and culture, I believe that it will keep it from turning into something incredibly lame. Like inline skating.

This list will be updated from time to time and we welcome any suggestions.


Although spotting is a necessity and responsibility in the bouldering world, improper spotting techniques can create annoying, and thus, dangerous situations. Therefore;

a) No spotter shall offer or express Beta for any boulder problem that they themselves have not climbed. At no time shall a spotter offer or express Beta while another is climbing, unless specifically asked for by the climber.
b) No spotter may use the French word “Allez” when speaking to another climber while they are climbing, unless the spotter is a native French speaker addressing another native French speaker.
c) No spotter may use the word, or any variation of the word “brother” when speaking to another climber while they are climbing (examples; broheem, brutha, bro, brah).
d) No spotter or climber may use any combination of these words or phrases (example: “Allez, Brah. Hit that crimp.”) at any time. Failure to due so shall be punishable by castration and/or fratricide, bro.

Tick-marks that indicate the location of holds on a boulder problem can be beneficial to one’s successful ascent, but excessive tick-markery can potentially reduce the overall aesthetic of one’s ascent. Therefore;

a) No foothold with a total area greater than one-half inch square shall be tick-marked. No handhold with a total area greater than one-inch square shall be tick-marked. The exception to this rule is if the handhold/foot hold is obscured from the climber’s perspective of sight (arĂȘtes, bulges, roofs).
b) At no time shall any tick-mark exceed one-half square inch in total size, length and width combined.
c) If said tick-marks are for the benefit of a climber from Colorado, the tick-marks shall be no less than two feet (twenty-four inches) long and two inches wide. Evidently, Colorado people can’t climb unless the ticks are fucking huge.

Although Slacklining is not specifically within the realm of the boulderer’s code of conduct and etiquette, excessive participation in Slacklining may be grounds for your removal from the climbing community. Therefore;

a) A Slackline may only be erected with the written consent of a two-thirds majority of the climbers in the campground, parking lot or other communal area.
b) If your total cumulative time spent Slacklining is greater than your total cumulative time spent climbing, you are not a climber. You are a tool.

Hey Everybody

So we decided to do the blogging thing. The Facebook page is cool and all that, but it ain't really the place for our excessive spraying, long-winded philosophies on climbing gear and psycotic rants. So we'll do all that here.

We'll also have a few more guys and girls posting stuff on here with their photos, videos, and any other random silly shit.