Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The winner will win something super cool. Oh boy!
Have a safe and happy New Year, everyone. See you next year.
Don't forget to register for Backcountry.com's Forearm Festival Citizens' Comp!
There will be over 70 new problems for all abilities, over $3000 in schwag from our rad sponsors, plus the chance to climb with some of the world's best climbers who will be in town for the OR Show. Give the top pros beta on their projects ("just pull harder, dude!") while rockin' out to bumpin' tunes.
Register NOW by clicking on the link to the left! The first 65 pre-registrants are guaranteed a sweet event t-shirt.
Get geared up for the comp by visiting Backcountry.com and sponsors' websites by clicking on their logos!
See you at the Forearm Festival....fa fa fa fa flex 'em! Giddy-up!
Monday, December 22, 2008
We will be open
Noon - 5PM on Christmas Eve, December 24.
CLOSED December 25
OPEN 11AM-10PM on Friday, December 26.
To see the rest of our holiday hours, go HERE!
To see our Holiday Yoga schedule, go HERE!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Lady Front Members get one free class per calendar month, plus discounts on class punch passes. Everyone must attend an orientation before attending Pole 101. Orientations are held Sundays and Mondays at 10:45AM and Fridays at 4:15PM.
For more info go HERE!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Don't forget about our final comp of the season Backcountry.com's Forearm Festival on January, 24 2009.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
You can leave feedback, plus check out the results, problem analysis, and comp pics HERE!
We're honored to have had so many people compete indoors on such a beautiful day. The strong folks were out in force, as were the future of our sport. From the preteens to the seasoned veterans, there was something for everyone at Festivus.
Thanks to all of our sponsors who have continued to commit tremendous support to our events, no matter what the economic outlook. Be sure to support them as the holiday season approaches. Visit their websites by clicking on their logos to the left.
The next All Abilities Comp at The Front is Backcountry.com's Forearm Festival on January 24, 2009 during the Winter Outdoor Retailer Show. You will NOT want to miss our final comp of the season. Test your skills against some of the strongest climbers in the world!!
Register now by clicking the link to the left.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Past member Ben Ditto was part of a team that snagged the first ascent of Peak 5394 in India. Way to go, Ben. We'll be here for you when you're ready to start bouldering again, a form of rock climbing that's really popular with the kids these days. We hope to see you soon!
The rad Uintas shots were taken by local camera ninja, climber, and secret area guru, Nate Smith. Check out more of his fabulous work at http://www.pullphotography.com/.
Thanks to Rock and Ice for sponsoring Citizens' Comps at The Front!
Festivus is this Saturday! We'll have $3000+ in schwag from our sponsors, plus chances to be entered into a raffle to win cash by climbing problems sponsored by Toyota Trucks. Ka-ching! Register NOW by clicking on the link to the left. Be sure to visit our sponsors' websites by clicking on their logos.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Next Saturday, December 6, is the Festivus Feats of Strength Bouldering Comp. Only the first 65 preregistered climbers are guaranteed an awesome event t-shirt. Register now by clicking on the link to the left if you haven't already.
Not only will we have $3000+ in schwag from our sponsors, there will be 3 problems sponsored by Toyota Trucks. Climbers who send those problems will automatically be entered into a raffle to win CASH! That's right- cash. As in, when we do awards at 2:30, it's "Boom. Here's a hundred dollar bill, y'all!"
For more info about the comp, plus the Schedule at The Front next week click HERE!
Be sure to visit our sponsors by clicking on their links to the left and do all of your holiday shopping with them! We couldn't have these events without them.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
But, really, the Pole is up and looks sweet. We were trying to figure out where we going to get our Festivus pole. We were doing some cleaning and, out of nowhere, Hark! There was a shiny pole in the dirt. We had our Festivus Pole! Truly, it is a remarkable miracle to start this special holiday season.
Register now for the comp by clicking on the link to your left. Register by November 29 and save $5. Be sure to visit our awesome sponsors' websites and do all of your holiday shopping with them!
AND! Only at The Front, we'll have problems sponsored by Toyota Trucks. Everyone who climbs those problems will be entered into a raffle to win CASH!!!
Join us for the special-est holiday comp ever!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Mike from Evolv will be at The Front from 5-9pm for an Evolv Shoe Demo. He'll have the Optimus Prime, Evo, and Elektra models for your climbing pleasure.
Learn more about Evolv at www.evolvesports.com.
Thursday, October 30 5pm-9pm
Be there (here).
Monday, October 27, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Make sure to get plenty of rest this week and eating a well balanced diet to help with recovery.
Get ready for Deadpoint!!
If you have any questions feel free to ask The Front desk staff.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
This week our Comp Team gets to compete in their first comp of the season at Deadpoint this Saturday.
If you haven't registered time is running out. Register now at http://www.frontslc.com/
Monday, October 13, 2008
Due to the tremendous increase in climbing comps throughout the country, Evolv has been sending its shoe demo kits all over the place. Don't worry, we'll have a demo at The Front soon. But, it looks like the shoes won't be in Utah in time to make it to the demo tomorrow evening.
It's pretty amazing how many comps there have been just in our area alone during the past few weeks. Coaches Chris and Mike and The Front Youth Climbing Team have been travelling all over, from Provo to Logan, proudly representing The Front...and freakin' crushin' the competition. Please take a second to give 'em a high 5 or freshie Front fist bump when you see them practicing Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Thanks to Evolv for their continued support of Citizens' Events at The Front. Keep an eye out for the rescheduled shoe demo.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Click here to learn the quantity, section, setter, and rating of new problems at The Front!
Check it out, and then let us know what we can do to make it more user friendly. We need your feedback! Our goal is to develop a more effective rating system based on the abilities of those who climb the problems, rather than one person's opinion. No more V8 blue dot problems!
The bottom line is that we at The Front want members and guests to feel psyched to try every problem, no matter what color the little sticker is on the starting hold. Of course, we want everyone to have fun and achieve their goals.
We look forward to hearing your feedback and answering your questions regarding this new feature.
See you at The Front!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Check out the selection of clothes in the Club Area of The Front! While there is a limited selection, at 5 bucks per item it's a low risk investment. If it doesn't fit, wipe down your bike with it. Everything is 5 bucks, except The Front hoodies, which are only 20 bucks!
There's some classic S7 long sleeve shirts for you or your little nieces back in Jersey. There's also some classic Front logo t's, shorts and capris by Sickle, plus some spaghetti strap tops by Statik Mountain. Put together your Deadpoint costume with this stuff!
Bleach it. Dye it. Cut the sleeves off. Tie it around your head. 5 bucks! Fur shizzo buy it, and then throw it away 'cuz you're a gangsta and that's how you roll.
Check out the selection, you may find your new favorite piece of clothing. We also have Flexfit Asana logo hats that complement any climber's wardrobe. Few things say "The Front" like a Front trucker hat or beanie.
We're over half way to having our first 50 Deadpoint registrants, so register right now to guarantee that you'll score a super scary event shirt (think The Ring the first time you saw it. Yikes!).
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
We got to the Yukon area right after Justin Wood sent Maisch Roof (V11). Scott Hall made quick work of First Down (V8) and another V6/7 around the corner. Oh boy.
Has the season officially started? The stickiness is definitely approaching. Or, has it been here for a while and I just need to get out more?
Let us know what you've been sending and/ or proj'ing. Share the good vibes, so we can all take care of business on those problems (of the rock climbing sort) that are keeping us awake at night!
If you haven't already, be sure to join The Front Climbing Club on Facebook. Registration is also open for Deadpoint on October 25! Register before October 18 and save $5.
Click on the links on the left side of the page to register, as well as visit our rad sponsors!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Make sure to get a good warm-up
Find four problems just at your level or below. Best to have varying terrain (vertical, slight over-hung, and the cave)
Do 4x4’s with 3-4 min rest between each set.
4x4 doing for problems consecutively with no rest in between; repeating 4 times
Link ups same as 4x4 but stay on the wall for all four problems rest 3-4 min.
Systems board working lock-off and grip/ open hand strength (pinches and slopers)
Once again stay hydrated through out the work-out and refuel in the first 30 min. after to help with proper recovery. If you have questions feel free to ask the friendly Front staff. Get ready to pull down at Deadpoint!!!
Also, on October 22 you should check out The Alpinist Film Festival. Tickets are $12 and are available here at The Front.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Speaking of winning sweet stuff. Deadpoint '08 is on October 25. Register now at www.frontslc.com. We'll have $3000+ in schwag from our sponsors for division and raffle winners. Bust out your spookiest costume and pull on all new problems. The first 50 registrants get a nightmare-causing event t-shirt. Register now before they're all gone!
The Front is now on Facebook! Join The Front Climbing Club club for even more info and updates on SLC's premier indoor bouldering facility.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Learn more about them at www.asanaclimbing.com
We also have Asana logo flexfit hats and NEW Asana chalkbags!
If there's something you see on the Asana website that you want, The Front can special order it for you.
Thanks to Asana for their continued support of The Front's All Abilities Citizens' Comps.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Warm-up: Make sure to stretch and get a good warm up in by traversing climbing easier problems, doing some type of cardio for 15-20min.
Focus is building burst strength, dynamic movement and building strength in forearms, wrist, and hands:
Start working harder moves
On easier problems try skipping moves/ holds to practice that burst strength
Working Problems that are 1-2 grades harder (resting to full recovery in between tries)
Start Climbing in the cave to build overall power
Goal to get pumped, climb to fatigue
General Strengthening: Dead point/ Contact strength
If you have questions feel free to ask The Front staff. Make sure to cool down, stay hydrated and re-fuel with in 30min. of workout to help with a quicker recovery.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Come to The Front and try out the Sharma Signature Series Optimus and Optimus Prime climbing shoes. Mike from Evolv will be at The Front to answer your questions about Evolv's mission and its products.
Looking for a great all-around velcro shoe? The Front carries the Evolv Defy. Ask Front staff if we have your size. We can also special order Evolv models if you already know what you're looking for!
Visit www.evolvesports.com to check out the full Evolv line!
Thanks to Evolv for their continued support of our comp series and their contributions to our climbing community!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Begin with working endurance:
Climbing sustained for 10-15min.
Intervals of 3-5min. on the wall climbing for 45 sec. and resting for 15 sec. stay on wall
Focusing on proper resting technique:
Avoiding the pump
Standing on feet
Hanging straight armed
General Strengthening using the Hang-board: builds forearm, wrist, and tendon strength
Start with jug holds and work into the crimps and slopers.
Hang for 10-15 sec. 3 sets each hold.
Wrist curls and pronators/ supinators
Ask Coach Chris or a Front staff member if you have any questions. Have fun! Drink a Protein Shake from Front Mart within 30 minutes after your workout to insure proper recovery. If you don't recover properly, you won't get full benefits from the workout. Don't forget to stay hydrated during your session.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
REGISTER NOW HERE!
The Front puts on the Citizen Comps as a way for Front members, fellow Utah climbers, and visitors from other states to get together in a positive environment to climb on new problems and maybe push themselves to climb a little harder than usual. Many climbers keep coming back to the comps to hang out with old friends and meet new ones. Winning schwag is a cool bonus to climbing in the comps too.
There are also those climbers who use comps to measure their progress since the last comp. For those who are wanting to improve performance but have hit a plateau, we'll have a training plan to offer training tips for climbing at a new level both at The Front and on your projects outside.
Stay tuned for the training plan that will make your wildest climbing dreams come true!
Be sure to visit our sponsors' websites for all your gear needs by clicking on the sponsor logos on the left side of the page. We couldn't put on these events without their support.
Monday, September 15, 2008
After a quick stop at the Maverick in Ephraim to re-fuel, we were headed to Ephraim Canyon Rd. to make our journey into Joe's Valley. Unfortunately the road was easier to navigate then hoped for. By being well marked and a well maintained dirt road. The ride was still worthwhile; we even saw some wild life.
The next morning stopped into the food ranch for coffee and headed to the local park for the morning. After warming up with some Frisbee and monkey bars we were off to Area 51 to meet up with Jamie and Jeff for an afternoon boulder session. It was a little warm but good in the shade.
Another good weekend- it's always good to get out of the city.
Enjoy the week,
Friday, September 12, 2008
The day started out with a light rain which detoured us for the warm-up and looked for something with more coverage. Matt on the sharp end of things put up Equipment Overhang pulling the roof onto a slippery, rainy slab (the slab was nervy on TR). After that I was up on Black and White and John and Mary. Matt on the other end of things had the opportunity to catch my first whipper on gear, that was some live sports action. After slightly soiling myself, and taking a moment to pull it all back together I eventually clipped the chains. Thanks for hanging with me Matt. Shortly there after we called it a day. The sky showed a little blue and the sun came out for the hike back to the car. The day was good. The trad climbing was fun - I like what it does for my head and it is a good mix into my climbing diet.
Well I'm off on another adventure of climbing and dirt roads.
Have a good weekend.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
The 7th Annual HERA Ovarian Cancer Climb4Life hosted by Black Diamond and Exum Utah will take place September 18-21 in SLC. Jason Kehl, Joe Kinder, Katie Brown, Alli Rainey, Noah Bigwood, Kevin Wilkinson, Nate Gold and others will be on hand. A weekend of climbing, parties, yoga and films for a great cause. - Don't miss Parallel Universes, a multi-media presentation featuring three amazing climbers - Kehl, Kinder and Wirtz. Friday, Sept 19 at 7pm in the SLC Library. Cost is $10 at the door and there will be a raffle for great swag. Free entry for C4L participants. For more information go to: www.climb4life.org
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival
Hosted by Save Our Canyons
Thursday, October 9th
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Brewvies Cinema Pub (21+, must have ID)
677 South 200 West
Buy tickets or memberships online at www.saveourcanyons.org.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, or FREE if you sign up to become a MEMBER of Save Our Canyons before October 1st*!
*SPECIAL DISCOUNTED MEMBERSHIPS AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS OF THE FRONT CLIMBING GYM!
(see below for details on how to get your discounted membership)
Special musical performance by The Radio Rhythm Makers!
And a keynote by Doug Scott from the Campaign for America’s Wilderness!
Join us for Food, Drinks, Film, Live Music, Raffle and more!
Instructions for FRONT MEMBERS on how to receive a discounted membership to Save Our Canyons:
If you’re a member of The Front Climbing Club and want to sign up for a Save Our Canyons discounted membership (which comes with a FREE ticket into the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival), follow these easy steps:
1. Go to www.saveourcanyons.org and then click on the “join or donate” link in the left column of the home page.
2. Scroll down and click on the green button that says, “enter amount” – Specify an amount.
3. We are offering discounted memberships to Front members at the following rates: $10 student, $25 individual, and $40 couple. Please enter the amount that corresponds. In the comments section of the payment page, please put, “The Front”. (Note: there will be a $0.50 shipping charge applied upon checkout)
4. We will send out one free ticket for each membership (two for those that sign up as a couple). They will be mailed to the address you list in paypal around September 22nd. You MUST have this ticket to get in to the film festival. We are not able to replace lost or stolen tickets or issue refunds, so please hold on to them!
If you just want to buy a ticket into the film festival without signing up for a membership, you can click on the “purchase item” button on our home page and buy ticket for $10/ea or pay $12/ea at the door the night of the event.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO ATTEND TOO!
Thanks so much – we hope to see you there!
- Save Our Canyons
Thanks to our members for making The Front the great community that it is. We're looking forward to an awesome fall and winter gym season.
See you soon!
With more people in the gym, the amount of chalk in the air increases. Our efforts to reduce the amount of chalk in the air include using uptake fans to suck the chalk out, the installation of the new air filters last winter (the boxes hanging from the ceiling), as well as our guerrilla attack on the gym this past spring with leaf blowers and face masks to blow years of chalk out of the rafters.
On our online survey, there is a question that attempts to address the chalk issue. But, we'd like to hear from you about this issue. Loose chalk versus chalk balls. Is there a compromise? The chalky air bothers some people more than others. We certainly don't want people avoiding The Front due to respiratory concerns. Please feel free to comment on this post to let us know what you think.
In the meantime, we can limit air chalkiness by avoiding throwing or dropping chalk bags/ buckets onto the ground. Falling when wearing a chalkbag around your waist spews chalk into the air as well (so don't fall).
Thanks for your feedback. I hope to see you at The Front soon.
Monday, September 8, 2008
If you can't make it out during the week come check out the new problems set by Jeff, Tyler and Rich on Sunday. Keep up the good work guys. And if you have anything you are wanting to send on the West slab and Vert wall do it this week because next Sunday we will being stripping and re-setting those areas.
Get ready for new problems, and get strong for those outdoor projects
Saturday, September 6, 2008
As we were packing up to head to the Cabbage Patch, Front members Bonnie and Grant showed up. It was great to see them.
Bonnie and Grant getting ready to warm up at the Secret Garden.
The next stop was the Cabbage Patch, a 5 minute walk up the canyon. After 5 more problems, my fingers were done. Ashley hiked the sit start to Fungus, as well as A Bit Slopey, despite the rising temps. Chris made quick work of Fungus, and Amiee got busy on one of the classic slab problems.
Today was one of the few times I actually remembered to bring a bag, so I could pick up trash at the boulders. I got a pretty good collection of used tape at the Cabbage Patch. On the walk back to the Park and Ride, though, I was quickly able to fill up the bag. Everyone else grabbed some trash too.
Above is the final trash pile. If everyone brought a bag with them every time they came up here, we could make a good dent in all the garbage that's accumulated.
P.S. Here's a picture of the sweet "subcutaneous flapper" I got when I overshot (but still caught) a jug on a problem at The Front. It didn't hurt. It didn't bleed. It was the best flapper I've ever had.
Friday, September 5, 2008
A great way to increase open hand grip strength is to train on a campus board. Check out our slopey campus rungs in the east end of the gym. They're perfect for building contact strength and core strength. Using the slopey rungs on a regular basis also increases your confidence in hanging on slopers. When you can visualize yourself succeeding on bad holds, you can send the problem.
This climber could also benefit from some yoga. Check out our yoga class schedule here.
The Front Climbing Club is getting amped up for the 08-09 gym season. Get in here now to get in shape to send your projects before the snow falls!
The first comp of the season will be Deadpoint on October 25. Dig out a funky costume and pull on all new problems for all abilities! We'll have $3500 in schwag, plus a rad t-shirt for the first 50 entrants. So, sign up now.
Check us out at http://www.frontslc.com/ to learn more about our comps and see results and pictures by Nate Young of Crux Photo from past events.
Good luck to Front members Elliott and Ryan tomorrow at the Wasatch 100 Mile Trail Run! We'll be sending out the good vibes. Come get dirty with The Front every Wednesday evening at our Dirt Tour trail runs. Click here for details.
We'll be stripping and resetting the West Slab on Sunday, September 14, so that gives you a little over a week to send Men's Qualifier Problem # 1 and Women's #1 and #2 from the Mammut Bouldering Championships.
Stay tuned for updates on what Front members and staff are doing, saying,wearing, and spraying.