Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Tis’ the season for laughter and happiness
Joy us for our annual Crux-Mas Event
The air will be filled with good times and cheer
So register soon the Christmas comp is almost here
Crux-Mas Dec. 11, 6-8:30pm
Discounts for pre-registration
Pre-registartion ends Dec.9 don't miss out on the savings!!!
for registartions go to http://www.frontslc.com/website/comps/registration/slc/index.php
Event Timeline for Crux-Mas 2009
Wednesday, Dec. 9: Closing at 7:30 for event prep.
Thursday, Dec. 10: Closed for event prep.
Friday, Dec. 11: Crux-Mas doors open at 5:30pm
Climbing from 6-8:30pm
Saturday, Dec. 12: we re-open with regular hours 11-9pm
With 70+ new problems!!!!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Wednesday, October 28: Gym closes at 7:30pm for event preparation.
Thursday, October 29: Gym is Closed for Setting and Event preparation
Friday, October 30: Deadpoint Competition Check-in is at 5:30pm; Climbing from 6-8:30pm
Saturday, October 31: Happy Halloween
Gym re-opens regular hours 11-9pm and 70+ new problems!!
Competition @ Momentum 10am
Monday, October 12, 2009
Each comp is $35. Get $5 off for being a member (of the gym) and $5 off for pre-registration. Register for both comps for only $50 plus take an additional $5 off for being a member (of either gym) and for pre-registration. So, get dressed, have some fun, and pull down Friday night and Saturday and kick start your Halloween weekend. It will be a howling good time!!!
For more information visit www.frontslc.com or www.momentumclimbing.com
Saturday, September 26, 2009
The team did a great job and we had good representation throughout all the catagories. In Youth B Zach Berger placed sixth as Orville Clarke III walked away with a first place ribbon. In Youth C new to the ABS circut and new to our team Adain Goddard placed third and Axel Dillman placed sixth in what I thought to be the toughest catagory and in Youth D Matti Clarke took third in his first ABS outing. Congrats Team!!!
Thanks again to The Quarry and their staff, volunteers, and all their setters for putting on a great comp.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Begins October 3
11 AM – 11PM
7 AM – 11PM
11 AM – 11 PM
11 AM – 11 PM
7 AM – 9 PM
11 AM – 9 PM
11 AM – 9 PM
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Come on out and get your dirt on!!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
You can check out lots of great photos of the Mammut Bouldering Championships (including the qualifying round) at www.boulderingcomps.com. Congrats to Daniel Woods and Alex Johnson for their exciting first place finishes!
The Redpoint Citizens' Comp at The Front was a huge success with over 100 competitors! We had a great BBQ followed by a presentation by Josh Lowell and Chris Sharma on their new film Progression. You can find the results for the Citizens' Comp on our website www.frontslc.com.
Thank you to our sponsors for the event! The Front is known for our fantastic bouldering events and awesome prizes - none of which would be possible without you! Thank you to Mammut, Black Diamond, Nutriex, Redpoint Nutrition, Native, Nemo, Evolv, Madrock, So Ill, Etch, Sanuk, Asana, ClimbIt, Five Ten, and NE2C!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The Front staff is absolutely positive that you will be delighted at the plans we have underway for bathroom improvements.
If you haven't heard, we are hosting the pro qualifying event for this year's Mammut Bouldering Championships on Monday, July 20th - in addition, of course, to our awesomely fun Citizens' Comp and BBQ on Wednesday, July 22nd. We want the gym to sparkle - and the new bathrooms will be a welcome upgrade!
In the short meantime, please excuse the bathroom closures. You can always use the toilets and sinks in the lockerooms or hold it.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Friday July 17: Gym Closes at 5pm for event preparation
Saturday July 18: Gym Closed for setting
Sunday July 19: Gym Closed for setting
Monday July 20: noon-7pm Pro Qualifiers free to spectators
Tuesday July 21: Gym Closed for setting and event preparations
Pro Finals @ Shilo Inn doors open 6pm
Wednesday July 22: Citizens Redpoint Comp 5:30-8pm
Competitors and Members BBQ in Parking Lot
Thursday July 23: Gym re-opens at 11:00am with 70+ new problems
Monday, July 6, 2009
For information and registration go to www.frontslc.com or www.bouldercomps.com
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Also, go to http://www.frontslc.com/website/routes/start.php to see the latest creation.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Zach taking care of business.
After watching the world cup finals the night before The Team was psyched and ready to climb. With less than ideal sending temps meaning 40 degrees and slightly snowing it took a little while to stoke the fire. But the kids were able to warm-up a bit and fire off some big point problems.
Orville going for the send.
Orville Clarke III was able to send a couple of high pointers before time ran out to earn himself a Bronze medal in the Youth C category, and Axel Dillman climbed strong through out snatching up a Silver medal in the Youth D category.
True working out the slab.
Axel going big.
Congrats Team on the strong showing at The Teva Games!!!
Hope to see you there.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Next on the stop was the riverside where the team got on their project Jim. With the warm weather it wasn't idle sending temps but they all gave it a go with Orville just missing the send and falling off the top.
Last stop was the Gate and the Standard Overhang where skin and being warn out took it's toll, Zach and Orville where close but just missing the top out greasing off the crystals. The day was good working old projects and finding new ones giving us another reason to go back.
This week the Team is headed to The Teva Games. Good luck guys!!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sean Flynn warming up at Secret Garden
Chad getting psyched to get his crack on. Come on Chad put your foot in it. We ended the day the same way we started it with bouldering at the Gate area. Thanks for having a birthday Rob or I would never made out of the trees.
Let us know what you have been sending.
If you are looking for a climbing partner check the the partner board in the entry way.
photos courtesy of Greg Smith
Friday, May 22, 2009
James (aka "Has Been Known to Climb Some"), and Portia (Pork Chop), and Kat and Chad also showed up. Fun times! James and Portia made 5.12 look like 5.10a (I, conversely, made that 5.10a look like 5.12), Chad let out Conan warrior cries that were slightly startling yet not surprising, and Kat was strong as usual. To make matters even better, Front members Steve Edwards and Wenn Yang also added to the fun atmosphere.
Always great to see everyone and thanks for letting me TR your ropes! Front friends + cool breezes + great routes = perfect day!
Dear reader: What are YOUR climbing plans for the summer? Any big trips on the horizon? Make us jealous!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Dirt Tours with The Front, our weekly trail running series, now has its own blog! Check out www.frontdirttours.blogspot.com for locations and directions to weekly trail adventures.
Join Nate for some off-road action. The location for this week's run has been posted. Find out the 411 HERE!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
For $10, you get a Cordless Chalkbag, the Frequent Flyers soundtrack CD, and a mesh shoe bag. What a deal!
*The chalkbags have cords. "Cordless" refers to climbing without a "cord" (i.e., rope), which is bouldering, which is rad, which is what we do at The Front. Now, get down here and get a chalkbag!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Check out their online journals HERE!
Be sure to check out www.volitionmag.com for reviews and beta on local happenings in SLC!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Find out the location and directions HERE!
You can also check out the Running Events calendar. If you're a race director and want to get your race listed, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our featured event right now is the Pocatello 50 Mile Trail Run and Relay on May 23. Run the course solo or as a relay with 1 or 2 other friends, or volunteer and spend a day in the mountains. It's less than 3 hours from SLC and is being put on by a couple trail running rock climbers from SLC.
Congratulations to the many Front Members who got their run on at the Salt Lake City Marathon events last weekend. It was an impressive event with thousands of participants. Thanks to Front Members, Joi Matsukawa and Kil and Steve Sawford, who made sure runners made it to the finish line.
If you were there, let us know how your day went by posting a comment.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The Front will be open at 11AM on Thursday, April 23 for its normal hours of operation.
Stay tuned for updates on FOX 13's and Big Buddha's visit to The Front.
Sorry for the inconvenience. We, like most of the civilized world, are at the mercy of American Idol.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The Ogden Boulder Field Clean Up is at 10AM on Tuesday, April 14.
Sign up at The Front Climbing Club to volunteer for the Clean Up and receive a FREE 2 Week Membership. Meet new friends. Check out a rad bouldering area. Contribute to keeping our climbing areas clean and accessible.
The sign up sheet is at the front desk at The Front!
Learn more about the Ogden Climbing Festival HERE!
Check out the Gear Demo and Bouldering Clinic with Colette McInerney on the Weber State University Campus on Friday April 17 at 5:30 pm
Friday, April 3, 2009
Now to the next order of business...
We're working on developing a series of questions to ask Front Members for a weekly series of Member Profiles. Once we have the questions gathered and tweaked, we'll start recruiting members who are willing to brave the interrogation process.
But, first we need questions and we need your help. So, what should we ask? Post your question suggestions as a comment to this post by 11AM Monday, April 6. Once we have some questions gathered, we'll take a poll of everyone's favorite question. The most popular question will get a free 2 weeks of membership! Everyone who posts a question will get a Front Koozie!
It's a win-win situation for everybody! Yaaaaaaaaaaay!
So, shoot us your creative, zany, silly, yet moderately tasteful and preferably inoffensive questions and win some free stuff! Thanks for your help!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
As you may know, one way credit card companies make money is through the fees they charge a business every time a credit card is used to buy something. In an attempt to cover the costs of these fees, some businesses will raise their prices. Not The Front Climbing Club!
But, we are asking all of you EFT members for a favor. If your account currently bills a credit or debit card, would you be willing to have it bill a checking account or savings account instead?
In return for this favor, we'll give you a $10 credit at The Front Mart. Use it to buy beverages or snacks, or use it toward the already discounted prices on climbing shoes, crashpads, clothing, and packs!
If your account already bills a checking account, we'll give you a $10 credit at The Front Mart for helping us keep costs down!
In order to get your $10 Front Mart credit, email sandy (at) frontslc (dot) com with:
- Your name
- Your bank's name and routing number (the first set of digits at the bottom of a check)
- The account number of the checking or savings account you'd like to be billed
- If your account already bills a checking account, tell us your name and that your account already bills a checking or savings account
Once we receive the info, we'll make note of the $10 Front Mart credit on your membership account and send you an email confirming that we got your info.
When you're ready to redeem your credit, just let the front desk staff know at the time of your purchase.
And! We have a shipment of Evolv Pontas, one of Sharma's Signature Series shoes, on the way to The Front (should be here by April 6), plus more of the super versatile Evolv Defy. So, update your billing info and score some shoes at a super low price!
Friday, March 27, 2009
On our way out we took a little tour of Joe's and checked out some new problems established by Rocco Boccicchio who also is a route setter at The Front.
This weekend the team will be climbing in the comp at Rockreation so if you don't have anything going on tomorrow you should come join us.
Have a good weekend.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Isaac Caldiero harnessing the jams of Celine Dion. Or, if not her, then someone who gets him psyched to crush boulder problems with double digit V-grades.
A lot of climbers listen to music on their iPods during workouts and competitive events.
What do you listen to when you're getting psyched to send? Tell us what artist/ band/ DJ gets your juices flowing.
Post a comment on this post and expose your adrenaline source.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Our spring season has begun practice started this week and we had our first outdoor day two weeks ago. With cars packed with kids and crash pads we headed down south to the Land of a Thousand Boulders, Triassic. The weather was perfect. Warm in the sun, cool in the shade and the sandstone had a nice soft feel to it. A big change from climbing on plastic all winter. For most of our team this was their first time being out climbing on real rock so it was good to watch them figure out and work problems together to get their first outdoor sends.
While out we ran into Front Members Patrick and Ryan in morning and later in the afternoon we worked two fingers with Jason and Sara.
For more information on the Climbing Team go to http://www.frontslc.com/ and check-out "programs" or contact Chris at 466-7625.
Hope to see you out this weekend.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The original parking lot for accessing Area 51 is now closed due to vandalism. But, the parking .9 miles up the road is easy to find, albeit very limited. The new approach hike is awesome- gently rolling on soft singletrack until you hit the "coal road," which is a narrow and rocky dirt road. There are some photo opp.s at the old VW just off the trail, plus some old mining structures.
Needless to say, the bouldering was great. There were also some good lessons to be had regarding spotting and pad placement. After spending a winter in the gym, it's easy to become complacent about spotting and pad placement on your first few outdoor outings.
3 Steps for the Climber
Step 1: Before you head up, make sure you can get down safely.
Step 2: Arrange pads over rocks, roots, stumps, and anything that would hurt to land on, including pets, children, water bottles, packs, etc. Try to visualize directions and landings of potential falls, especially at the crux of the problem.
Below is me shooting off a problem, without a "confirmed" spotter.
Fortunately, I wasn't very high off the ground. But, I fell beyond the 2 pads and rolled onto my back completely off the pads. There were plenty of pads, but no one to keep me from shooting beyond them. The first time I ever went climbing I learned that I have to be willing to take responsibility for anything that happened to me when I was climbing. With that said, my spill onto the dirt was my own fault. Hence...Step 3: Confirm that someone will be spotting you. "Ya got me?" "Can I get a spot?" Once you have a verbal confirmation from the spotter, make sure he or she has put down the water bottle, doughnut, or whatever and is in position before you leave the ground.
Regarding who is spotting you, you want to make sure he or she is not significantly smaller than you. If you're a bigger climber, you may want multiple spotters, or even consider not trying something overly committing or dangerous until you can come back with some bigger folks.
If you're smaller than a climber asking you to spot them, let them know if you feel uncomfortable, unsafe, or simply unable to really be of any assistance should they pop off the rock.
Now that the climber is off the ground, the spotter gets to work.
3 Steps for the Spotter
Step 1: Stand slightly behind the climber. If she falls, be ready to guide her by the hips onto the crash pad. If the landing is on an incline or the climber comes off the rock with significant force, you can bear hug her or even grab her shirt to keep her from rolling down a hill or onto the ground.
Do not try to catch them, or you could hurt yourself. Do not stand directly beneath her as you can be crushed, as well inadvertently push her into the rock. Watch her hips, not her hands, as she climbs, so you can be properly positioned and ready should she fall.
Step2: As the climber ascends higher, move back. If the problem traverses, move sideways as needed. If the problem is severely overhanging, step back as the climber climbs out of the overhang. Use more of a "cradling" technique. If she falls, you want to catch her upper body to avoid her head and/or back from slamming into a rock or the ground. Make sure any sharp edges are covered, including any areas where a foot might slip off the rock forcefully.
Step 3: Communicate with the Climber. Make sure you're both on the same page in terms of where she thinks she might fall and what the best positions would be for you as a spotter. Is there anything she wants you point out as she ascends- a key hold or loose rock? If there is anything about spotting that you're uncomfortable with, let her know before she gets off the ground.
Finally, remember every fall when bouldering is a ground fall. There are tons of boulders at our local climbing areas with beautiful clean landings. But, there are also some landings that are not so welcoming. Are the possible points on the scorecard worth the possible injuries? Fortunately, with proper planning, preparation, and communication, most bouldering injuries can be avoided.
Enjoy the rad Spring temps (when they're present) and send those projects you didn't finish last Fall. But, if it does snow, get your butt to The Front and maintain that fitness.
**The above is not an exhaustive list of safety steps for boulderers and spotters. Please comment on this post if you have any further helpful suggestions. Thanks in advance for any tips, feedback, or sharing of experiences.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Sport those Front-logoed Koozies on your beverages everywhere- at work, at the Bar-B, at The Front, in the shower (no kidding!).
Advance Footwork Technique Training Tip of the Day: Wear a Front Koozie on each hand when working your proj's on the slabs and vertical walls. After your workout, put a Protein Shake in each Front Koozie. Drink. Repeat.
Is there anywhere a Front Koozie protected beverage is inappropriate?? If you think so, Comment on this post and state your case.
In the meantime, come feel the burn on the new problems being set daily.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Thankfully, the Front setters are working their magic and putting up new problems like crazy. Look for some new problems in the caves soon, as well as new stuff in the east end of the gym. Woohoo!
For the weightlifting folks, we have a Squat Cage on order that should be here by next week. We're going to put in a mirror too, so you can maintain proper form and growl at yourself. Nice.
The Front also has some great membership deals going on through March 15. Check 'em out HERE.
The Front Mart has Hero Highball and Dyno Crashpads from Asana at discounted prices for Front Members! Make sure you're geared up and ready to send the proj's as soon as the temps are right.
A Front Can Koozie is always a smart addition to any outdoor activity involving canned beverages. Get yours today!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Take advantage of this beautiful weather and ride your bike to The Front! We now have a sweet bike rack right outside the front door.
A lot of members and staff run and/ or ride their bike to The Front. The world could possibly be a happier place if more people rode or ran to work or anywhere and everywhere.
A barrier for many people is that their workplace doesn't have bike storage. Well, The Front's sister company, Vertical Solutions, can help you solve this problem. We're pretty cheap dudes here at The Front, and Vertical Solutions worked with us to get us a sweet and sturdy, but cheap, bike rack.
Contact Vertical Solutions HERE! for a quote on a bike rack for your home or workplace, or better yet, a Custom Climbing Wall.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The traveling team just got back from Boulder, Co. where the team competed in Nationals. Gina Rafiti placed 19th youth female C, Orville Clark III placed 22nd in youth male C, and Axel Dillman placed 22nd in youth male D. There was some tough competition and everybody climbed really strong.
We are gearing up for our spring season stay posted for details.
Thanks for a great fall season, will see you in the spring.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
- Jared Roth is working on the long-standing mural project. Another artist began the mural. Jared is going to finish it.
- Men's shower stalls are being tiled.
- More room and new paint in the cardio area.
- New paint in the climbing area by the Penthouse.
- An additional speaker in the west end of the climbing area.
We hope you like the changes. Sorry about the mess. We'll be done soon.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Amy also won the Women's Open Division at Backcountry.com's Forearm Festival at The Front last month.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Thanks to everyone who came out for Backcountry.com's Forearm Festival Citizens' Comp last weekend.Over 100 climbers came out to sample The Front's expert setters' new masterpieces, over 75 new problems in all. Thanks to Jeff, Shannon, Matt, Chris, Paul, Pace, Scott, Jared, Brendan, Rocco, and Greg for putting in the long hours to put this place back together after our awesome Volunteers busted their butts taking it apart. It truly takes a village to put on a climbing comp.
None of it would be possible without the gracious support of our sponsors. Please visit their websites by clicking on their logos.
Check out pictures and comp results HERE!
Thanks to everyone who joined us at The Front for yet another amazing comp season. Stay tuned to The Front Blog for info about our next comp, The Mammut Bouldering Championships during the Summer Outdoor Retailer Show this July. Bigger than last year- it is going to rock your socks off.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Check out The Front on Utah Free Media's "Aware" Podcast. Aware is a "weekly Pod Cast on Utah Free Media focusing on mindful social movements to bring our community in line with sustainable living."Click HERE to hear some juicy details about The Front.
We're proud to have been chosen to be a part of this great series. Learn more about and listen to Utah Free Media at http://www.utahfm.org/.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Christine "Ballllllllllllzz" Balaz is in Rock and Ice for the second issue in a row, illustrating how her training at The Front helps her with that roped climbing stuff. While she's not enriching the lives of young people as a tutor or writing books, Christine is crushing stone around the U.S. You go, girl!
There's also some rad pics of Tom Adams crushing some seaside boulders. Where's your bikini, Tom?
Setter and strongman Rocco Bochicchio is the star of the Urban Climber "Workshop" Feature on Visualization. Look out for his problems at The Front, which are always sure to challenge the mind and body.
Man of Steel James "J-Litz" Litz is rippin' it on the cover of Urban Climber and is the star of a multiple page article. "So, James, do you train?" The response: "I climb on plastic at The Front in SLC." Need we say more? Thanks, James, for the props and the inspiration.
Finally, for the last bit of obnoxious self aggrandizement, check out page 72 of Urban Climber. Jamey from Asana, who made our amazing pad system, is wearing a shirt from where? Boo-yah! The Front!
Today is the last day to save $5 on your registration for Backcountry.com's Forearm Festival! To find out more info about the event, plus the schedule at The Front next week, click HERE!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
A monster strong core, in conjunction with finger strength, good technique, and a positive attitude, will help you on steep problems and keep you balanced on the slabs.
Check out this sweet core work out from Matt Hart, an endurance athlete and coach. The pictures help you understand the exercises, so you don't have to spend a lot of time reading weird descriptions. I did this workout 10 minutes after a 90 minute indoor climbing session. I started with 20 reps per exercise but got downgraded to 15 by exercise #4. Do this work out with a partner to yell at and/or heckle you (as my wife did), and then return the favor to them.
There is no shame in screaming or groaning.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The Winter OR Show always brings in the big names. But, word is out that hard guys and gals are coming out from Boulder to squeeze the juice out of the plastic. So, SLC...gotta represent up in here.
Register now HERE! Save $5 if you register before January 17.
If you've never done a comp, you gotta experience the energy. You will climb harder than you ever have! The mojo is infectious. Start '09 right and raise the bar for what's physically possible for yourself.
The first 65 pre-registrants are guaranteed a sweet event t-shirt.
Will you get in the hot tub?
Saturday, January 3, 2009
While you might be freaking out because you can't get your climb on right now, without exception everyone we know who gets injured says the same thing within a week of returning to climbing- "I feel stronger now than I did before I got hurt!"
Now would be a good time to check out a Beginner Yoga Class at The Front (Wed from 6-7pm), or a Propulsion Pilates class.
Thanks to Rock and Ice for their support of The Front's events.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thanks to everyone who shared their New Years plans. We at The Front hope all of your New Years dreams come true!