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Beta #1

The Route Setters at The Spot are continually trying to improve our staff to member relations.  Sometimes we set boulders that are extremely difficult to piece together and climbers understandably throw fits of frustration.  We’ve decided that a weekly video release showing beta on hard to read boulders could be a great way to enhance your experience at The Spot.  Here is the first release:

Wall: Left River

Setter: Danny Ciavarro

Tape Color: Blue

Grade: 5 spot

This particular problem took the setters a number of tries to figure out.  Even Danny, the setter of the problem, was stumped on how the problem should go.  He had envisioned starting facing the wall, followed by delicate stemming to the large under cling.  The real beta, and the only beta that seems to work, ended up being quite different.  For the uniqueness of movement, I honestly believe this boulder to be one of the best that’s been set at The Spot since I’ve been around.

Here’s the BETA thanks to Jonny Hork:

Beta #1 from The Spot Route Setting on Vimeo.

Categories: Beta
  1. Bob Wilkens
    August 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Was this idea in any way influenced by the new beta website being used at the Boulder Rock Club? http://www.rockclimbingbeta.com

  2. Jackie
    August 21, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Hi Bob,

    Actually this is just one of those things we’ve been meaning to do for a really long time and just now finally actualized. Considering the relative ages of our blogs, perhaps a better question would be, “was the BRC’s site in any way influenced by ours?” : ) It’s cool that they’re on the boat though, their site looks great!

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