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Climb Base5 athletes take top spot in 2018 Youth Boulder Nationals

UPDATE – Climb Base 5 athletes reached the finals in six out of the eight categories at the Youth Boulder Nationals, including Mika Hosoi and Connor Jones who took top spot in their respective categories!

See below for results of our athletes. Full results can be found here.

Junior Girls

  • Mika Hosoi – 1st (Finals)
  • Sophie Buitendyk – 3rd (Finals)
  • Chloe Earle – 4th (Finals)

Junior Boys

  • Adrian Kask – 5th (Finals)
  • Hayden Jones – 8th (Semi-Finals)

Youth A Girls

  • Brielle Zacharias – 16th (Semi-Finals)

Youth A Boys

  • Ben Newman – 6th (Finals)
  • Nathan Head – 21st (Qualifiers)

Youth B Girls

  • Sonya Colliander – 3rd (Finals)
  • Maki Koci – 6th (Finals)
  • Emi Takashiba – 9th (Semi-Finals)
  • Eladee Jamieson – 33rd (Qualifiers)
  • Alana Titerle – 37th (Qualifiers)

Youth B Boys

  • Ethan Hoffman – 5th (Finals)
  • Jaxson Macdonald – 16th (Semi-Finals)
  • Finn Grathwol = 29th (Qualifiers)

Youth C Boys

  • Connor Jones – 1st (Finals)

Youth C Girls

  • Nora Roos – 18th (Semi-Finals)

February 19th – Délire Escalade – AM Categories B & C

February 19th – Délire Escalade – PM Categories: Youth A and Junior

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14 February 2018: In a few days, Canada’s best and brightest youth climbers will be descending on Quebec City from February 17-19 for The North Face Youth Boulder National Championships. Of the 220 athletes expected to compete, Climb Base5 will be represented by eighteen of its youth team athletes in every category!

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In preparation and to help with their training, our route-setters set comp simulation boulders which will remain on our Tsunami Wall until early March. Come try them out before they’re gone!

Held for the first time in the city of Québec, the Championships is the highest bouldering competition at a national level sanctioned by Climbing Escalade Canada (CEC). Hosted by Delire Escalade in their Ste-Foy gym, athletes between the ages of 12 & 19 from across Canada will compete in the categories of: Youth C (from ages 12-13), B (14-15), A (16-17), and Junior (18-19).

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2018 will be a big year for the youth climbers. Not only will the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) 2018 Youth World Climbing Championship be held at Vancouver Island’s Boulders Climbing Gym from August 14-22, athletes will also be setting their sights on the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 6-18 where sport climbing will mark its debut.

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Climbing gives me a mental break from work and family and whatever else is going on.

BC-born Kelli Keesey is no stranger to multi-tasking. She’s not only a member of the Open Performance Team, working in the medical industry, but also is a mom raising two daughters. As a former competitive gymnast, Kelli brings with her a wealth of life and competition experience… and we’re excited to see her progress as part of the Open Team. We’re inspired by how she’s been able to manage juggling the demands of family, work and being an an athlete.

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How did you get into climbing?

After a competitive gymnastics career through high school, I started climbing during university in Victoria at CragX. Not only was it a perfect fit and transition for me, I even met my husband shortly after I started climbing! After university, we moved to Calgary and, on a whim one weekend, we entered a bouldering competition and made it to finals completely unprepared and unaware of the rules. I was hooked! I did several more competitions before moving back to BC to start a family.

What climbing achievements are you the most proud of?

While still based out of Calgary I was primarily sport climbing and managed to send two 5.13a routes: Stygian Aire in Cougar Creek and Moonbridge in Kalymnos. For bouldering, I sent Stegasaurus, v8 in Hueco and flashed Nurse Ratchet a v7 on the same trip. This was a wonderful moment for me as I realized I could still set new goals and climb hard after having my daughters.

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How do you manage to juggle having a family, work and being on the Open Performance Team?
Ever since moving back to BC,  having two kids and losing touch with my climbing community after leaving Calgary, my climbing has been sporadic.  While I’ve continued to climb on my own and have been lucky to find a few very special people to climb with, scheduling is a huge challenge given my responsibilities as a mom and my work in the medical department of a pharmaceutical company.

I’m very lucky to have the support of family and friends and have definitely learned to ask for help when I need it.

Personal growth and the support of my family and friends has helped in finding a work-life-family balance. I’m also a problem solver by nature so I pretty much approach climbing the same way I do challenges in life by attacking challenges head on.

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What do you need to take your climbing to the next level?

Being on the Open Team has given me the chance to train in a structured environment with people just as motivated as I am. It’s also an opportunity to train in a way that I’ve never had before – with coaching and a personal plan for my growth as a climber. While I’m older than the rest of the climbers on the team, it’s a unique gift to see what I can accomplish and I’m very committed to following the program that Andrew has laid out for me.

I have already seen improvements and am really excited to see how much more I can improve. I love training, climbing and competing because it really allows me to put aside everything else going on to focus on me and the movement. I think the biggest thing for me is to believe that I can achieve some of the goals I have set for myself and give myself permission to put myself first when I’m training and competing. This can be hard to do being a mom!

What are the benefits of being a climber and a mom?
I definitely need physical activity to keep me from going crazy and climbing gives me a mental break from work and family and whatever else is going on. It allows me to refocus, re-energize and come back to the rest of my life with more patience and a positive attitude. Climbing also allows me to be a better role model for my daughters – they can see me being physically active as part of a healthy lifestyle and that girls can definitely show up the boys!

This is part of a series to profile members of the Climb Base5 Open Performance Team.

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I’ve seen the world, I have the best friends, and I can do a lot of pull ups… that’s all because I climb.

One of the newest members to join Climb Base5’s Open Performance Team for the 2017/2018 season is 23-year old North Vancouverite Ryder Hoy. Currently ranked 11th in BC for bouldering in the Open Men’s category, not only does it look like Ryder has a promising career in digging up worms for science, he’s looking to take his climbing to the next level by combining his individual style with the structured and team environment of the Open Team.

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What does it mean for you to be on the Open Performance Team?
I started climbing in the early 2000s at the Edge Climbing Center under head coach Andrew Wilson. I haven’t been on a coached team since high school, so I am thrilled to be climbing among BC’s strongest athletes on the Open Performance Team. And best of all I’m excited to be able to work with Andrew again as an adult.

I think climbing in a team setting will make me a stronger climber overall. In the past few years, I have more or less been training on my own and my motivation was always lacking. Feeding off the other strong climbers on this team and having a structured training program is a sure fire recipe for success.

It’s impressive what you’ve accomplished training on your own. Can you list your favorites?
On a personal level, sending Pulse (5.14a) in Chekamous Canyon was my proudest send to date. An incredible amount of physical and mental effort went into to clipping the chains on that route. For my proudest competition moment, it has to be making semi-finals at the 2013 Youth World Championships held in Canada and placing in the top 25.

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So climbing must be a big part of your life?
Climbing has always been the balance in my life that keeps me level headed. It maintains my fitness, fuels my love for adventure, and lets me play outside. It also lets me focus on concrete goals and find different ways to approach challenges in life – whether it’s on day-to-day stuff, a final round of competition, or sending a project out on the rocks. Virtually everything I do and how I live my life revolves someway around climbing, including who my friends are and what I studied in University.

Can you share a bit more about your life outside of climbing?
I graduated from the University of Victoria in 2016 and now work for an Environmental Science firm in Surrey. I travel throughout BC conducting environmental effects monitoring projects. You can often find me on a boat in the middle of nowhere sifting through mud and collecting worms – for science. I also enjoy mountain biking on the North Shore and taking trips to to explore the West Coast.

What don’t we know about you?
I have two belly buttons.

Follow Ryder on Instagram (his account is private – we’re pretty sure it’s not because of belly button pics!)

This is part of a series to profile members of the Climb Base5 Open Performance Team.

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Double the fun with our special New Year’s 2-month membership deal

Keeping healthy and getting in shape is always top of the list when you make a New Year’s resolutions, and climbing is one of the best activities to do that. On top of all the physical benefits of climbing, it’s fun and social… and we’re offering a special two-month membership deal to help you kick start 2018.

This deal will only be available for purchase from January 1-14th, 2018.

Special 2-month membership deal

  • Single – $165 (save $55 compared to our one-month trial membership)
  • Youth/Student – $145 (save $53)
  • Family – $270 (save $90)
  • Deal may not be combined with any other discounts or offers
  • 2-month membership begins the day of purchase
  • Offer available from January 1st to 14th, 2018

Add on an introductory belay course for only $40!

The 2-hour lesson will teach you all the required skills for indoor climbing. Must be purchased at the same time as the 2-month membership.


Whether you’re already climbing, thinking about it, or want to offer this special membership to a friend, family or colleague; CONTACT US by coming to the gym or calling and let our friendly staff know you’re interested…

According to a Harvard report, ascending and rappelling in climbing burns more calories in 30 minutes than most sports and gym activities. So come on out and get yourself moving, doing a fun and interactive sport!

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Our new and improved party room!

As we put the finishing touches on our mezzanine, which will include a workout and chill-out area, we are proud to present our new and improved party room. It’s been a labour of love with inspiration coming from both inside and outside the gym.

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We had Vancouver-based Studio Bjornson Architects come up with a simple, functional, and clean design while Climb Base5’s owner Daniel and gym manager Jessica fine-tuned the details… including the bums on the wall… to hang your jackets and gear, of course!

The use of the party room is now included for any birthday party booked with us.

Prices:

  • Up to 8 Participants – $279
  • Additional participants – $27 per person

Package Details:

  • Ages: 6 and up
  • 1.5 hours of climbing
  • 1 hour use of our party room
  • Pizza included (2 larges for up to 11 people / 3 larges for 12 people or more) – options are: Pepperoni, Hawaiian, Cheese, or Veggie (mushroom, black olives, onions, green peppers, spinach, and tomatoes)
  • Juice boxes included (1 per participant)
  • All safety equipment included
  • Staff Provided at a 4:1 ratio

As Daniel points out:

I love the way the way the party room turned out. I think its a comfortable and playful space that I’d love too have my party in.

Host your next birthday party at the gym or just come by and check out the majestic mountains hand-painted by our multi-talented manager Jessica!

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