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Dawn Wall Goes Down

January 15, 2015 Leave a comment

Kevin Jorgeson Dawn Wall Double Underclings

From imgur. Kevin wallpaper. We have a nice shot of Jonny Hork from back in the day when we set a fun double-thumbercling trainer on the Font slab. I can’t find it now, of course. Congrats to Kevin and Tommy!

Categories: 2015, Outdoor Climbing

FA in Lincoln Lake for Jake

September 1, 2014 Leave a comment

Cookie Burger V6 highball at Lincoln 25' committing compression above a perfect landing Jake FA photo by JonJon Glassberg has shared this photo of Jake on the FA of Cookie Burger, a V6? highball at Lincoln that they put up the other weekend. Want to know more about Lincoln? Check out: Lincoln Lake Bouldering


Quick Setting Update + A Side Job + Ascendance Announcement + Yay Jon!

January 7, 2013 Leave a comment

Yay Jon!

We would like to send congratulations to our friend Jon Cardwell who has sent The Game in Boulder Canyon. This is one of the hardest boulder problems in the world! Jon made the 3rd ascent. Nice job Jon!

Jon moments after sending The Game  |  Photo by Matty Hong

Jon moments after sending The Game | Photo by Matty Hong

Setting Update

So after working through, and on, Christmas, the boys took New Year’s off to kick back and relax a little. Don’t panic! Setting will resume as usual tomorrow and Wednesday (River Wall first!), and will continue on the regular schedule until the next comp on February 2nd (sign up here – Gladiator Finals | The Spot Bouldering Gym & Climbing School | Boulder, CO). Thanks for understanding that the setters all have other jobs as well and sometimes need a mini-vacation around the holidays.

A Side Job

One of my second jobs is writing freelance for various online and print outlets. The newest of those is a gig reviewing gear for the Mountain Gear Mountain Blog. My first review, of the Arc’Teryx Atom Lt Jacket, is up now. Check it out – What’s to love about the Arc’Teryx Atom Lt Jacket? A lot. | The Mountain Blog


Ascendance Dance Studio

Hueco Update! + 2013’s lookin’ buff!

December 31, 2012 1 comment
The view from North Mountain at Hueco!

The view from North Mountain at Hueco!

Well, I’m still in Hueco. Namesake of our Hueco boulder. The weather has been pretty good, sometimes sunny, sometimes windy, sometimes overcast, and lately quite cold!

Back in Boulder, Danny, Jonny, Jay Jay, Connor, and sometimes Ian and Jon are still keeping things fresh for everyone at The Spot while I’m gone. In fact, I heard Santa even stopped over on Christmas and set some extra routes!

For those who are interested, here are some pictures of my trip so far:

Sweet hold on South Mountain. Mammoth rubbing???

Sweet hold on South Mountain. Mammoth rubbing???

Trailer lyfe. Not a bad view.

Trailer lyfe. Not a bad view.

Visiting Japanese climber Yuiko sending her first V5 with the classic Dragonfly. She went on the same day to send her first V7, Ides of March, also in a couple of tries, and to nearly flash Mangum (V9). Not a bad day!

Visiting Japanese climber Yuiko sending her first V5 with the classic Dragonfly. She went on the same day to send her first V7, Ides of March, also in a couple of tries, and to nearly flash Mangum (V9). Not a bad day!

Yuiko's husband Yuta flashing Mangum (V9)

Yuiko’s husband Yuta flashing Mangum (V9) via the lock-off-every-move method.

Chris on a last call attempt of the new line The Owl Charmer on East Mountain

Chris on a last call attempt to top out the new line The Owl Charmer on East Mountain. 


I’ve spent some rest days taking showers, Internet-ting, and generally hanging out with my friends Rocco and Mary at the Hueco Hacienda.

Christmas at The Hacienda

Christmas at The Hacienda

The Hacienda is a sweet old adobe that used to be a religious retreat, meaning it has some amazing wooden front doors and lots of heavy woodwork. Inside it’s fairly well restored and Rocco and Mary are constantly working to make it even awesomer. One of the updates is new headboards for the beds that Rocco built. For the headboards our artist friend Nikias has been woodburning each mountain into an oval, then Rocco stains the outside of the board. Here are a few pictures of the process:

Nikias hard at work.

Nikias hard at work.

Woodburning done.

Woodburning done.

One of the new Hueco Hacienda headboards. Woodburning by Nikias.

Stain part 1. A nearly finished product.

If you are thinking of coming down to Hueco, there are a few steps you’ll need to take. First of all, you should have a place to stay. You can camp at the Hueco Rock Ranch or at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site. You can also stay inside at the Rock Ranch and at The Hacienda. For climbing you’ll need to have North Mountain Reservations or tours scheduled. Learn more at these links:

Hueco Rock Ranch – American Alpine Club (camping, house stays, tours, pads)

Wagon Wheel Coopt – Welcome (request commercial tours)

PARK ACCESS – The Hueco Hacienda (tours, rental pads, chalk, tape, brushes, links, phone numbers, and other info)


And finally…

Found this on Facebook. Don't forget to train your babies!

Found this on Facebook. The photo looks old, but it’s definitely Baby 2013, clearly he has been in training to be a strong year! Time to crush!

Happy New Years Everyone!

Quick Update + G Strings + Hold Review Update

December 15, 2012 Leave a comment



Okay, so I am in Hueco, and have been since last week. Danny is steering the boat while I am here. I’ll try to keep setting updates coming though.

I’m also working on a review of the new G-String climbing trainers. These things are a new take on the Rock Ring and so far I think they’re really cool. I brought a set down to Hueco with me and we’re trying them out at The American Alpine Club’s Hueco Rock Ranch. I will report back but so far I think they look good, feel good on the hands and in the grip positions, and would make an excellent holiday gift for the climbers in your life. Check the site here – G Strings Climbing Trainers

Also on the docket, but probably not to be realized until I’m back in Boulder, are the reviews for Prinz and Orogen. We’ve set with both companies’ sets a couple of times now and so far we like most of the shapes. More on that next month.



Hueco Season!

November 11, 2012 Leave a comment


It’s about Hueco season so hopefully everyone’s already got their reservations. If not, you can schedule tours and camping through the Wagon Wheel Coopt and also at the Hueco Rock Ranch which was just purchased by the American Alpine Club. You can also camp at the park, but call ahead to reserve your space!

Here’s a never-before-released video of my friend Vanessa and I during the 2010 season that Chris just dredged up from the depths of his hard drive.  Enjoy!

And to watch more Hueco vids check out this Vimeo channel:  Hueco Tanks Bouldering! on Vimeo

New Film from LT11 – ABYSS!!!

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

The film includes many first ascents by setter Jon as well as some Danny from 2011 and some Dave. Interviews include Glassberg and Rich Crowder as well as John Sherman, Joe Kinder, Ben Scott, Ben Spannuth, Chris Schulte, Paige Claassen, Peter Beal, Access Fund Director Brady Robinson, Revolution/Pusher founder/owner Clark Shelk, Herm Feissner, and even a short bit from Chris Sharma! Climbers include Glassberg, Crowder, Claassen, Spannuth, Schulte, Wetmore, Matty Hong, Matt Wilder, Mayan Smith-Gobat, Ryan Silven, Adam Healy (uncredited), and even a distance shot of our good friends Devin Finucane and Chris Taylor questing up some unknown alpine cracks.

For outtakes, the free full-length download, and more, go to the Abyss LT11 site by clicking the logo here:

Nice job Jon, Jordan, and Rich on this fantastic new film!

First 8B+ / V14 for Dave Wetmore!

September 16, 2012 Leave a comment

We would like to congratulate setter Dave Wetmore on his first V14 with Big Worm at Mount Evans. This was unfinished business for Dave, who 7 years ago injured his pulley so badly on this problem that he had to return home to Boston and have surgery. After a break from climbing he slowly recovered and came back to Colorado to finish the boulder. Finish he did, sending Friday the 14th. Nice job Dave!

Dave’s send on

Categories: 2012, Outdoor Climbing, Setters

Setting Update for Aug 14/15 & 21/22 + Yay Dave! + Yay Connor! + GATOR!!!

August 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Setting Update for August 14th & 15th

Sorry I didn’t update last week, but here are pictures of the new Hueco Frontside if you haven’t seen it yet:

The new right front Hueco

The new front Hueco

New left Hueco

We set several problems specifically for the Youth Team Tryouts, including several harder problems set specifically for much smaller folks and 3 sets of dynos on the right front Hueco. Enjoy!

Setting Update for August 21st & 22nd

Here is a picture of this week’s wall, the River:

The only picture I took of the River wall. Sorry. You’ll just have to go in and see it!


Yay Dave!

Dave is staying! He will keep setting Tuesdays at the Spot through the fall though intermittently he’ll be returning to Boston to set The Dark Horse Series Comps. We are glad to give you the chance to climb his problems while he is in town.

Hey Dave! “What?” Snap.


Yay Connor!

We are also glad to announce that our buddy Connor Griffith will begin setting regularly at The Spot once he returns from his family vacation. Connor has been helping us out at comps and random other times for the past several years.

Connor also climbs on real rock!



Also this week Jon got eaten. He will be missed.

Queue scary jaws-like music

See you next Wednesday at the Welcome Back Bash!

Angie Payne Is Going Big!

August 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Angie with the bags. Photo by Keith Ladinski

One of our favorite Boulder-based boulderers, the wonderful Miss Angie Payne, has headed off on a major expedition with Keith Ladzinski, Mike Libecki, and Ethan Pringle. Payne has started a blog where she will talk about the expedition (and other climbing-related stuff) and so far it is quite good. See it here – Angie Payne Blog.

What does this have to do with The Spot? While checking out her expedition info I realized that Angie’s athlete page on trip sponsor Mountain Hardware’s site has an interesting section where she talks about a moment that changed her climbing. The moment she is talking about happened at the 2010 Battle In The Bubble.

Angie was a major competitor for many years, though in the mid 2000’s she seemed to retire from comp climbing for a while. Then she got hurt, came back, began competing again, and a few months later became the first woman in the world to climb a confirmed V13 when she did The Automator at Rocky Mountain National Park.

It is cool to read that the Battle In The Bubble competition was so much fun for Angie and that it had such a positive effect on her climbing life.

Angie’s comments on the Mountain Hardware site

To see her whole Mountain Hardware athlete profile (which is pretty good reading) click here – Mountain Hardwear | Athlete Angela Payne – Climbing

And the picture she is talking about? Taken by none other than Ben Alexandra. Check it out:

Angie’s big smile | photo by Ben Alexandra

Have fun in Iceland and Greenland Angie!!!

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