Climb, bike, run, lift, crawl, swim, slack line, row. By themselves, those activities are fun. Put together, they are awesome. On Saturday, September 1, Diablo Rock Gym is hosting the first indoor adventure race. On a course set up in and around the gym, teams of two will navigate for 25 to 30 minutes through the many activities, testing their strength, stamina, and ability to have a great time. The race will have a number of categories and a ton of prizes.
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Derek Powell, a 42 year old San Francisco paramedic living in Berkeley, splits his time on an ambulance, with his wife and son, and most recently at Pinnacles National Monument establishing new routes.
Powell started climbing 18 years ago when a friend took him to Remillard Park in Berkeley. " It was a trade. A friend of mine that was a climber wanted to learn how to surf, I could surf and I wanted to learn how to climb," said Powell. "He lives in the midwest now. I got the better end I think."Earlier this year, Powell made the first ascent of West of the Sun, a 5.14a route on the Monolith at Pinnacles National Monument. Powell took some time to talk about his ascent.
Balance, focus and remaining relaxed are all integral parts of climbing well. Many people practice these aspects of climbing by slacklining, a version of tight rope walking that has become a pursuit in itself.
This week, Matt Chavez, from The Studio in San Jose, will be teaching a slack lining clinic on Sunday from 5 pm to 6 pm at The Studio and then he will be heading to Cesar Chavez Park for more slack line adventures from 6 pm to 8 pm. The clinic will focus on balancing and walking a slack line.
On Friday August 17th, a dozen competitors headed to Diablo Rock Gym to participate in the Bay Area Grip Challenge. Ripping entire decks of cards, bending nails, grippers, and dead lifts were some of the challenges for the contenders.
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Sean McColl, a world cup climber from Canada, is well known for his regimented training. From counting the number of moves he climbs during a bouldering session at the gym to maintaining a strict diets, McColl's scientific and rigorous approach to climbing has made him one of the best competition climbers in the world. In this video, he provides a little bit of insight into some good ways to train. Check out some of his excercises and try them out after your next bouldering session.
In the latest instructional video from Adam Barczack, the basics of how to grip holds is shown. Pulling correctly on holds can be difficult. The difference between a sloper, a crimp, and a jug is not always obvious. Adam shows the proper way to place your hand and pull on a few different types of holds.
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