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Simon Parton is Climb Base5’s first Director of Routesetting

The newest member to the Climb Base5 family is Simon Parton who will be taking route-setting to the next level for our facilities in North Vancouver and Coquitlam.

Born and raised in North Vancouver, Simon has been climbing and competing for close to 20 years. He has also set 100+ local competitions, 10 National Championships, 3 IFSC World Cups, the IFSC Youth World Championships, and in 2017 was the Chief Setter for bouldering at the IFSC Pan-American Youth Championships. Simon is looking forward to working with our team of setters to “expose the community to new routes, styles, and things they haven’t seen before.”

How did you get into route-setting?

As a youth, I was part of the famed Edge Climbing Team and Canadian National Team and traveled and competed in several countries around the world. I started setting shortly after getting into climbing. I’ve always had a passion for building things and athletic pursuits. Setting was the perfect way for these two things to come together.

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Why Climb Base5 and what’s your vision as Director?

I want Climb Base5 to be the best facility in the country for route-setter training. It all starts with route setters, If we invest in them, everyone will benefit. The North Vancouver and Coquitlam facilities will also give me the opportunity to manage the setting needs for multiple facilities, the freedom to continue my pursuits and development around setting for competitions, and to learn and grow.

Are we going to see differences at the two locations?

The two facilities have their own needs and quirks. It would be a shame to fill double the space with more of the same. I want to promote going back and forth between the facilities, exposing the community to new routes, styles, things they haven’t seen before. The more variety in setting we have the more room we have to learn and grow as a climbing community.

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How do you come up with a route or boulder?

You have to look for inspiration whenever you can find it and sometimes it will come from the strangest places. I’ve had fantastic boulder problems pop into my head from seeing a small and maybe even boring foothold on the floor. Sometimes the inspiration comes from the lack of holds to choose from or having a set of holds that seemingly won’t fit together. The challenge and fun is coming up with creative ways to make it work.

Do you have a preference with setting boulders or routes?
I like setting boulders. It’s the challenge of filling a small number of moves with enough detail to be interesting.

What don’t we know about you?
I approve and support the use of pineapple on pizza.

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Burgers + Boulders at North Van gym!

Join us at our new North Vancouver location on Saturday, September 15th for burgers+boulders and to meet the community and neighbors. We’re super excited to be in North Van and there are plenty of changes and improvements in store for the gym in the next couple of months. Come to this community-oriented BBQ and you’ll probably notice a few new things!

Ticket Price

$5 

*Half of ticket sales and all donations will be donated to North Shore Rescue

  • Tickets are available at the door on Sept 15
  • Free entry for current Climb Base5 members

Activities

  • BBQ
  • 24ft outdoor climbing wall
  • Kids cave; colouring and games
  • Gear demos including Mad Rock shoes
  • MVMT Academy will run some fun dead-hanging and pull up competitions
  • Competition – Best Costume
  • Competition – Best Photo of the Day… share them by:
  • Free belaying staff on standby
  • more to be announced

Sponsors / Prizes from

Hope to see you there!

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Get your dyno on with Launch and Latch 2018

Unfortunately we have to postpone the dyno series and comp… sorry for the inconvenience. The good news is that we’ll still be having an awesome Dyno Comp for Grillin’ and Chillin’ on Oct 20!


Straight from the brains of our routesetters (specifically Hayden pictured below), we’re organizing a unique dyno series and competition from September to October. There’s going to be three qualifiers and the OPEN FINALS will take place the night of Grillin’ and Chillin’, our customer appreciation party!

Whether you’re new or a veteran climber, tall or short, it’s going to be fun, challenging, and dyno-licious.

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Dates/Times

  • Series 1 – Wednesday, September 5 (6:30 – 930pm)
  • Series 2 – Wednesday, September 26 (6:30 – 930pm)
  • Series 3 – Wednesday, October 17 (6:30 – 930pm)
  • Finals – Saturday, October 20 (8:00-9:00pm during Grillin’ and Chillin’)

Location

  • Climb Base5 Coquitlam – 98 Brigantine Dr.

Cost – Includes all three qualifiers and Grillin & Chillin Ticket

  • Early Bird by August 26th (Members $30 / Non-members $60)
  • After August 26th (Members $40 / Non-members $70)

Categories

  • Open men (finals at Grillin’ & Chillin’)
  • Open woman (finals at Grillin’ & Chillin’)
  • Rec (you are 4’11” and under)
  • Rec (you are 5′-5’8″)
  • Rec (you are 5’9″+)

Qualifiers

  • Dynos will only be for registered competitors
  • 20-25 dyno scramble format
  • 3-hour time period
  • All boulders count
  • No attempts
  • Judging based on an honor system with signature to verify send
  • Top two results from the series of three will give you a ranking
  • Each dyno is worth 1000 points divided by the amount of sends it gets

Finals (open men and woman only)

  • Quota: top 6 ranked in each category
  • Set dyno rounds progressively getting harder
  • Three tries to send each dyno
  • No send=knocked out
  • If nobody sends the round re-starts

Prizes

  • Cash Prize for Open Categories 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • 5 Time Punch Pass Prize for Rec Winners
  • Podiums for all 5 categories will be announced at Grillin & Chillin after the Open Finals

 


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Climb Base5’s new North Vancouver location

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Climb Base5 owner Daniel Poggi is excited to announce he has reached an agreement with the longstanding Edge Climbing Centre to purchase the North Vancouver climbing facility. The transition will take place August 1st, 2018. There will be no interruption to operations during this transition and all climbing passes, courses, and bookings will remain in effect.

Climb Base5 is looking forward to enhancing both the experience and facility in the near term and more extensively in future. Thank you in advance for your patience as we work through this transition to provide you with an exceptional service.

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Since its inception over 25 years ago, The Edge Climbing Centre has been an example to the local climbing community and the world of how to fostering climbing excellence. It has been responsible for the development of both youth and adult climbers who have gone on to be world class athletes and leaders in varying disciplines and areas of life. It’s attracted visionary and talented staff who have sought to develop elite programming and highlight the sport on the world stage. This commitment to climbing is what inspired thousands of climbers of every age and ability to connect with this illustrious community.

“We at Climb Base 5 are inspired to participate in this long standing commitment to excellence and to help foster this community into its next era by sharing a culture of inclusivity, integrity, performance, teamwork and most importantly creative climbing and bouldering. We are dedicated to continual growth and development of our product to provide the most authentic experience possible to its clients. We recognize the indoor climbing experience has evolved over the years and our goal is to keep in step with the needs of our community now and the foreseeable future.” – Daniel Poggi

About Climb Base5

Climb Base5’s mission is to deliver a uniquely creative climbing experience with quality programs from beginner to advanced climbers. We are committed to educating, inspiring, and connecting people to both a lifestyle of health and developing their personal potential. We are passionate about climbing and we believe climbing has something unique to offer to every individual.

Website: http://www.climbbase5.com/

CONTACT:

Mr. Daniel Poggi

Phone: 604-715-7625

E-Mail: daniel@climbbase5.com

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Summer Social + Block Party

Summer’s the perfect time for a party… and on Saturday, July 28th we’ll be throwing a bash for our neighborhood. There’s going to be beats, games, BBQ, and beer. We’ll even have belayers staffed so if you need a belay or you’ve never climbed before, our staff will show you the ropes 🙂

$10 Entry (non-members) / $5 (members)
Entry gets you a Burger/Hotdog, and 1 beer + Climbing

The party starts at 2pm and will run all afternoon and evening till 8pm. Come by to climb, chill, chat and enjoy the summer vibe with us!

 

Some more details:

  • Gym stays open all day (everyone is welcome to come in!)
  • BBQ (cooked by staff) will include Meat and Veggie Burgers, Meat and Veggie Hot Dogs, and Sides. Additional Beers, Burgers and Hot Dogs can be purchased on site.
  • We’ll have 4 belayers on hand from 4-6pm and 6-8pm for new climbers or those who want to climb with a belayer.
  • Games: Slackline, Ladder Toss, Bocce, Jenga…
  • 2 for 1 Belay Course Giftcard will be available for purchase during the party.
  • Buy a ticket and you’ll automatically be entered into a draw for a monthly membership give-a-way!

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