Winter in the climbing world means either you’re psyched for ice or you hang up the climbing gear and wax up your skis. But for us, we train even harder for competition season! At MetroRock, it's a very busy time: between our own events, hosting USA Climbing and attending other comps, we’ve got our hands full. This means we’ve got at least one a month from October through January with even more events to be announced for late Winter!
Our pride and joy is the Dark Horse Series. Now in its fourth year, it just keeps getting better and bigger. Last year’s finals hosted a packed house to watch the country’s best climbers get nasty for the grand prize and all the glory. This year we’ve changed the schedule a bit and added a day to maximize the sickness!
At Halloween time, we give you the Blackout Boulder Brawl. With the boulders glowing in the blacklight and competitors decked out in their brightest neons, it looks like a climbing comp taking place in the Tron universe. Climbers fight the pump and disorientation to get to the top in this warped and weird setting.
USA Climbing hosts a wide range of comps in the region and we are proud to host our share. Whether it’s boulders, speed or difficulty, we have the facilities for it all. These range from school age kids to college and beyond so there is always something for everyone. You will probably see future pro climbers competing at these events.
Our schedule to date is listed below, with some events still pending for Spring. Please remember that competition in the Dark Horse and Blackout Brawl is open to everyone at all levels. You don’t have to be a pro to win prizes!
The results from the Sport Climbing Series competition held in Newburyport on April 7 at MetroRock North are now available online.
The results of the CCS Climbing competition held in Newburyport, MA at MetroRock North on February 18, 2012 are here!
Just click the link below to see the final results and standings.
After several weeks of open voting, the tallies have been counted, the hanging chads were disputed and the results are in! Scores were based on creativeness, funness and how well they matched to the grade listed.
Congrats to all the winners and thank you to all of you who voted!
- Jeb Bruno, station 62
- JP Mial, station 31
- Rob Alpert, station 24
- Boof, station 99
- Jeb Bruno, station 38
- Dave Wetmore, station 65
- Mark Heffley, station 25
- Erik holmes, station 20
- Alex Enright, station 21
- Raff, station 94
- Dave Wetmore, station 74
- Boof, station 63
Photo by Pat Bagley
Dark Horse Series 2012 went out with a bang last weekend as some of the best climbers in the world came to throw down to fight for the prize and glory. The series, which began last November, is our homegrown compeition and we couldn't be happier with the way it has grown. Each passing year and comp, things get bigger and better and we were floored by what we saw last Saturday: hundreds of spectators cheering their lungs out for the pros as they tackled some of the sickest boulder problems we've ever set. It was an amazing show and we can't wait for next year!
We want to thank everyone involved, especially:
- The setters and organizers who worked long and hard to set everything up and put up some amazing climbs. It's not as easy as it looks!
- The staff at MetroRock for their hard work at making everything work so smoothly.
- Our sponsors who made it all possible and provided awesome prizes. We appreciate all your help.
- To the spectators who created all that buzz and excitement. Without you, it would just be a cool boulder session, with you, it was a party!
- Most of all, HUGE thank you to the competitors. From the novice competing for the first time to the pros who do this for a living, you all made it possible by putting your best efforts up to see how hard you can climb. Climbing competitions are about the individual challenging him or herself to push beyond their limits and we can't say enough about the amazing performances we saw during those three days. Congratulations to ALL of you!
For complete wrap-up and information, including results, see the Dark Horse homepage.
For pics and video, see the links below:
Smartphones, whether you like them or not, have made it possible to get instant access to information on just about everything with a few pokes of your finger. Climbing may be a very analog activity but your iphone, android or whatever comes next can still add to the experience. Below is a partial list of apps that will help you get to the crag, find routes, figure out beta, avoid bad weather and learn to be a better informed climber.
NOT the correct way to use your climbing app!
If you need to find your way around a particular climbing area, there are now a few options for smart phone apps instead of the old fashioned guidebook. The apps listed here cover just the US but there are scores of others for climbing overseas.
The Black Out Boulder Brawl was a huge success with over 137 competitors and over a 100 spectators!
Here are the final results.
1 Andy Lamb 25
2 Nicholas Hall 23
3 Bowland Chen 21
4 Shane Messer 17
5 David Berman 17
Andy Lamb WINNER!
1 Melissa Hopkins 31
2 Amelia Metcalf 30
3 Olivia Metcalf 29
4 Katie Lamb 26
5 Megan Gallagher 22
Amelia Metcalf WINNER!
In order for us to try and appease the masses we are constantly coming up with the best ways to bring the joy of climbing to all. We have currently decided in Newburyport that Family Night, a discount for children that are 12 or under, would better serve the public on a different day. As of November 1st, Family Night will officially be on Thursday Nights starting at 3p.
The deal itself is as follows:
Time: 3p - 10p
Location: MetroRock - Newburyport
Deal: All children that are 12 or under pay their age and get free rentals (for example, a 10 year old would pay $10)
*All children need a waiver that is signed by their parent
**Deal does not include any MetroRock Staff as instructors or belayers
For questions please call us at (978) 499-7625
Photo courtesy of Max Shaffer
MetroRock Everett recently began offering Yoga classes in one of the new expansion spaces. We sat down with the instructors to talk about their passions for both yoga and climbing and what students can expect from the “Yoga for Climbers” classes.
Ken Miller is the lead teacher and offers classes on Mondays at 7pm, Thursdays at 6 and 7pm. “I studied Hatha Yoga at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, where I received my 200 hour Yoga Alliance-certified teacher training. My passion for yoga stems from its capacity to foster physical and emotional well-being in a fun and powerful way. Yoga offers wonderful tools for managing anxiety and stress, and for achieving a greater sense of ease, confidence, and self-acceptance. As a rock-climber and runner, I am grateful for the ways in which yoga has increased my strength, flexibility, and focus.”