February 2009

Partial Rupture to A2 Tendon Pulley

by Tom Markiewicz on February 27, 2009

I’ve been struggling with some climbing injuries recently and finally decided to visit a sports medicine doctor highly recommended by a friend. My issues were a recurring finger injury at the base of my right ring finger and pain in my elbows and thumbs. He rather quickly diagnosed the elbows/thumbs as flexor tendinitis and set […]

Ice Climber Will Gadd Profiled on ESPN The Magazine

by Tom Markiewicz on February 26, 2009

ESPN The Magazine profiles ice climber Will Gadd. Gadd stands at the base of the 40-foot-high frozen waterfall and looks up. He kicks footholds with his crampons and swings his axes overhead, driving the points deep into the ice. He pulls with his arms and pushes with his legs, then kicks his feet and swings […]

Bouldering Competition Formats

by Tom Markiewicz on February 25, 2009

Sean McColl examines the various bouldering competition formats and discusses how he prefers the zone format scoring system. Another reason why I like the zone is because it rewards smarter climbers rathan than always the strongest. I‚??ve seen very strong competitors make mistakes during qualifyers and semis and as a result, they did not make […]

Climbing Gear Review Roundup – 2/25/09

by Tom Markiewicz on February 25, 2009

Following up on my last gear review roundup, here are some more reviews floating around the web: Jay Young at RockClimbing.com reviews the book An Eye at the Top of the World by Pete Takeda. Team Geared Up offers up their thoughts on the climbing film The Fanatic Search. Bj√∂rn Pohl reviews the Andrea Boldrini […]

The HERA Foundation is holding its fourth annual Climb for Life event in the DC Metro area February 27 through March 28. The event raises money for ovarian cancer research and awareness initiatives. During the event, participants climb for donations at participating climbing gyms (Sportrock and Earth Treks), receive instruction from world-class climbing athletes, and […]

The Making of a Carabiner at DMM

by Tom Markiewicz on February 23, 2009

UKclimbing.com linked to a fascinating video on how carabiners are made at DMM. DMM, named after Denny Moorhouse, has been busy making climbing hardware since 1981. DMM started life in a small barn in Bethesda, near the slate quarries of North Wales. Now their factory is in Llanberis and DMM employ 130 people, making them […]

Review of Pure, a Bouldering Film by Chuck Fryberger

by Tom Markiewicz on February 22, 2009

Friday night I attended the world premier of Pure in Boulder. After watching the trailer and speaking with the filmmaker, Chuck Fryberger, I was highly anticipating Pure. I still had some apprehension though. As more climbing films are released, I’m starting to get the feeling climbers are becoming jaded. How many more ways are there […]

Chris Sharma Makes FA of Demencia Senil, a New 9a+ in Spain

by Tom Markiewicz on February 21, 2009

Daila Ojeda reports that Chris Sharma has made the FA of Demencia Senil, 9a+, at The Laboratory, Margalef. Margalef is a climbing area located south of Barcelona, Spain. The condition for climbing is perfect now! We have been taking advantage of the great weather these days… and today in Margalef Chris did the first ascent […]

Quick Sends – 2/20/09

by Tom Markiewicz on February 20, 2009

More wrap-ups of the ABS Nationals from ClimbingNarc, Paul Robinson, Sean McColl, Jon Glassberg, Pimpin and Crimpin, Momentum Video, Dead Point Magazine, and Climbing Magazine. Peter Beal made the FA of There Will Be Blood SDS (V12) at Flagstaff Mountain, Colorado. Ethan Pringle re-injures his shoulder during the ABS Nationals comp. Markus Bock sent 24 […]

Ropegun Makes a Return

by Tom Markiewicz on February 19, 2009

I loved their clothing (still have a ragged t-shirt), so it’s exciting news that Ropegun is returning. Ropegun was created in 1999 by a group of rock climbers that wanted to produce simple, hip clothing geared toward rock climbing.¬† Their creations included skate shorts, board shorts and jeans.Then in 2002, Ropegun was brought to the […]

Photos from Behind the Scenes at ABS Nationals

by Tom Markiewicz on February 17, 2009

When I had a couple minutes between competitors at ABS Nationals, I tried to take some quick photos. Here’s some of what I saw from the floor:

Behind the Scenes at ABS Nationals

by Tom Markiewicz on February 17, 2009

This past Friday I had the opportunity to volunteer at the ABS Nationals. I’m not sure how they picked people for the various positions (pretty sure it was random), but I ended up being the judge for the first problem in the men’s open qualifiers. I mainly wanted to volunteer for two reasons. First, I […]