Dark Horse #1 - 2014

One of the most popular New England comp series started on Saturday with Round #1 of the Dark Horse series.  This first of four events was held at Metrorock's Everett facility.  With over 300 competitors at the opening stop, this sixth season of Dark Horse promises to be bigger than ever.  In the women's pro division, American Ninja Meaghan Martin beat Sage DeChiara for the top spot, with Zoe Steinberg taking third place.  In the men's Rob D'Anastasio topped a strong field with Andy Lamb taking second and Peter Dixon third.  Click here for the full results.  Stay tuned for an action packed highlight video coming soon.

Blackout Boulder Brawl Video

This past weekend Metrorock held their fifth annual Blackout Boulder Brawl.  Close to 200 climbers showed up for the comp/party and, as you can see in the video below, everyone had a great time.  On the women's side, Sarah Sternick took first in the open category, with Katie Lamb taking 2nd and Bimini Horstmann in third.  On the guy's side, Chris Dellarosa took first in open with Brian Nugent in 2nd and Alex Astesano in third.  Click here for the full results.

New V11s in SW Pennsylvania

Joel on The Golden Bough.  Photograph provided by Joel Brady.

Joel on The Golden Bough.  Photograph provided by Joel Brady.

American Ninja (the Vampire Ninja) Joel Brady and Sam Weir have been training hard lately and sent a few amazing looking hard problems over the weekend at Breakneck in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  They first sent The Golden Bough, a longstanding project that checks in at V11.  After almost sending the Nomads project, Joel added the 21 Gun Salute into PTSD for another V11 that he named Mendoza Express.  Scroll down to check out a video Joel provided from some working attempts on these projects.

Mike Steighner on 21 Gun Salute, V10.  Mendoza Express finishes to the right..  Photograph provided by Joel Brady.

Mike Steighner on 21 Gun Salute, V10.  Mendoza Express finishes to the right..  Photograph provided by Joel Brady.

Some footage from Joel of these as projects.

2014 Blackout Brawl

Blacklights, day-glo, weirdness, super fun and sick boulders! The best blackout comp in all the land returns for the 5th season at MetroRock in Newburyport.
Here's the deal:
DATE: October 25th, 2014
SCHEDULE:
3p - Registration Opens
4-7p - Redpoint Round
7:30p - Finals
PRICE: $35/general admission
Call to register (978) 499-7625...

Make sure to wear bright colors and wearing a costume gets you entered to win a door prize...what is it you ask? WEAR A COSTUME AND FIND OUT!!!

It's all about a fun atmosphere but the climbing is top notch (as is tradition) and we're all psyched to go bigger on our finals extravaganza!! This is a comp/show/event you do not want to miss!

Check out the highlights from last year for a glimpse into what's in store!

Western Mass Rendezvous Recap

The Western Massachusetts Rendezvous was held this past weekend with over 100 climbers attending the event from all over New England and even Canada.  As the Western Massachusetts Climber's Coalition main fundraising event, the Rendezvous raised over $5,000 to help the WMCC in their access efforts in Western Massachusetts!

Screeing of Valley Uprising at Central Rock Hadley.

Screeing of Valley Uprising at Central Rock Hadley.

The Rendezvous included a screening of Reel Rock's Valley Uprising and a dyno comp on Friday night at the Central Rock Gym in Hadley.  The competition on Saturday at Farley was a highlight of the Rendezvous with Katie Lamb and Kai Webler winning the bouldering comp and Wayne Burleson and Hillary Harris winning the routes comp.

On Sunday, 25 volunteers showed up to build a retaining wall and improve trailwork at Farley as part of the Rendezvous' Adopt-a-Crag event.  If you haven't already, please consider joining the WMCC to support the great work they are doing at some of New England's best crags!  Thanks to ActionInSolitude.com for the photos and you can check them out for a more detailed write up and more photos from the Rendezvous.

Jerome Boutaid on Tweaky Bird during the bouldering comp.

Jerome Boutaid on Tweaky Bird during the bouldering comp.

Jack of Diamonds Video

Dave Wetmore is on fire these days and with the cameras of Back Mattress following him around the woods of New Hampshire, the results have been tremendous.  Here, Dave makes a repeart of an old Dave Sharratt problem at Whitton Pond in Conway, New Hampshire called Jack of Diamonds.  Dave initially thought this was an FA, but later learned that Dave Sharatt had sent this problem over 10 years ago.  Either way, a cool video of a great looking problem.  Enjoy!

Iron Maiden - Newburyport

Based on the success of last year's inaugural Iron Maiden bouldering comp (sorry boys, women only), MetroRock expanded the competition into two events.  This past Saturday, the Newburyport gym hosted the first event which was attended by over 50 women of all ages.  In the pro division, Bimini Horstmann took first, Zoe Leibovitch came in second, with Adriana Jacobsen taking the final podium spot in third place.  Full results can be found here.  The second event in the series will take place on February 28, 2015 at MetroRock's Everett facility.

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Bouldering World Cup - Toronto

The first of two Bouldering World Cup events in North America was held over the weekend in Toronto.  Although U.S. participation increased with the proximity of this event, the results remained similar to the events in Asia and Europe.  On the Women's side, Akiyo Noguchi of Japan won the event, with Shauna Coxsey of Great Britain further extending her overall lead with a strong second place.  Six Americans competed in Toronto with Alex Puccio, the only American to make the finals,  taking the third spot on the podium.  Alex sits in the fifth overall on the season rankings.  On the Men's side, Guillaume Mondet of France took first, overall point leader Jan Hojer of Germany second, and Canadian Sean McColl taking third.  Vasya Vorotnikov placed highest for the U.S. men finishing 11th.  Massachusetts boulderer Josh Larson finished in 27th.  Click here to check out the video and photos from Gripped Magazine.

Cleaning Up Lincoln Woods

It has been a long standing joke among climbers at Lincoln Woods to watch out for the sketchy old men at the park.  Although many jokes have been made, the reality is that Lincoln Woods has been known as a trolling ground for men engaging in deviant activities.  After many complaints, the Rhode Island State Police recently arrested five men in a sting operation at the park.  Hopefully, this will discourage these activities in the future.  Click here for the Providence Journal article on the arrests.