Summer 2017, here we come!

Summer 2017, here we come!

. With winter days at last getting longer, a literal light is now at the end of every child’s tunnel: summer – the season of adventure and play. For many kids, at the heart of summer is the unique experience of summer camp. Summer camp offers children an education in a type of learning you can’t get from books. It’s a crash course in creativity, problem solving, physical activity, teamwork, and social connection. I have instructed...

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Rock n Roll at Vertical Club – 1989

Rock n Roll at Vertical Club – 1989

Rock n Roll at the V-Club A story from the VW Archives, written by founder Rich Johnston. Circa 1989, just two years after the birth of the first climbing gym in America.   I was working the counter at the Vertical Club back in 1989 one day, and not much was going on.  It was a beautiful spring day and I was working on filing one of the few membership forms into an expanding folder that we kept under the desk.  This was the desk that was...

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Training Tips

Training Tips

I recently stumbled across an Instagram post from a group that posts fitness motivation content with a Crossfit focus. Their usual quotes include “The greatest project you will ever work on is yourself!” And “Don’t give up on the person you are becoming”. Amongst these quotes though, this quote stopped me in my procrastinatory tracks; If it doesn’t scare you – It’s not heavy enough. For those who see...

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Auto Belay Accidents: Know Before You Go

Auto Belay Accidents: Know Before You Go

    In 1989 Lynn Hill, one of the most accomplished climbers of her time clipped into the chains at the top of a climb in France, leaned back and fell 70ft. through a tree to land between two boulders on the ground.   Amazingly, Lynn came out with only a broken ankle and some scrapes and bruises. The cause of this accident you ask? She simply forgot to finish tying her figure 8 knot. This sort of absent mindedness is the...

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It’s a Wrap! VW 2015 Event Highlights

It’s a Wrap! VW 2015 Event Highlights

2015 was a year of many changes, challenges, triumphs, and moreover, great climbing – it’s definitely an interesting time to be alive and a part of the outdoor community! Amidst our busy year  of cranking out  fun and informative events, we’re so pleased with the alliances we’ve developed with gear companies, non-profits, guiding companies, and most importantly, climbers. Throughout the ebb and flow, we’d pause in the...

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2015 SCS Local Comp Results

Congratulations to all 113 competitors! Huge thanks to the Access Fund, ZICO Coconut Water, and of course our incredible lineup of volunteer members & parents! Click here for a full list of the...

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