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For Global Climbing Day, chalk up. It’s on us.

We love climbing, and just as we were once welcomed into this community, we want to invite you to a global climbing day to experience it for yourself. On August 19th, The North Face has teamed up with over 40 climbing gyms around the world (including only three from Canada, which includes Climb Base5) to offer free climbing opportunities. Bring a friend, no experience necessary.

As part of this initiative by The North Face, we’re giving anyone who comes into the gym a free pass to climb this coming Saturday (August 19th). Whether you’re into top-roping, bouldering, or totally new to the sport, come by the gym from 11am to 9pm and climb for free… it’s all for a good cause!

For every person who walks through our doors, The North Face will make a $5 donation to Paradox Sports, an organization committed to making climbing accessible to people with physical disabilities. #ClimbWalls

The Details

  • Climb for free on Saturday, August 19th, 2017
  • 98 Brigantine Dr., Coquitlam, BC
  • 11am to 9pm
  • Our staff and belayers will be on hand to help if you want to give climbing a try
  • First come first serve as our gym only has so much space!

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Check out the Facebook event for more details and the full list of gyms around the world participating in this event and let us know if you’re coming on our local Facebook event page.

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Thanks for defying gravity with us!

Thanks to everyone who came out to participate in, volunteer for, and make Defying Gravity one of the most unique and fun events that Climb Base5 has hosted. A really big shout out to the 30 teams of 3 (and the T-Rex) who came inside to climb despite the glowing sunshine outside. The vibe and energy was just as intense as the sun this past weekend!

We had 15 teams make the finals, with five from each category; they were treated to an incredibly fun, creative and challenging finale! To top it of almost everyone went home with a prize or gift because our supporters were… what’s the word?… Awesome.

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Proud supporters of the Defying Gravity team bouldering and social event: Boulder Denim, Black Diamond, Central City Brewers and Distillers, Edelrid, High Performance Climbing Walls, JJ Bean, Mad Rock Canada, Sattva Climbing, and The Parkside Brewery

It was the first time CB5 put together this unique event with the goal of making it “not-your-average climbing-comp”. Our competitors, staff and volunteers made it a huge success, and we’re already brainstorming for the next one! In the meantime, enjoy the photos below… and a great big thank-you to the participants, volunteers, spectators and everyone who made Defying Gravity amazing!

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Canadian Climbing Triple Crown Champions come from Climb Base5

Climb Base5 athletes Alannah Yip and Emi Takashiba took top spot in the Open and Youth C categories following this weekend’s Speed and Lead Nationals at Canyon Escalade in Quebec. With their first place finishes in lead and speed added to their national bouldering champion titles earlier this year, both Alannah and Emi are 2017 Canadian triple crown champs!

Head coach and youth development program director Andrew Wilson attributed the success to the athletes’ dedication and determination.

“I’m pretty excited for Emi and Alannah. They’re the first-ever Canadian triple crown winners – and the only two in the country to accomplish it. I think that the fact both are part of the Climb Base5 team speaks to how our program supports athletes through all stages of development.”

Junior and Open athlete Kyle Murdoch and coach Andrew Wilson (Photo: Shane Murdoch)

Junior and Open athlete Kyle Murdoch and coach Andrew Wilson (Photo: Shane Murdoch)

Alannah, who comes from the Open Performance Team, and Emi, who’s part of the comp 1 team, weren’t the only Climb Base 5 athletes who did well at this weekend’s nationals.

The top 5 climbers for almost every category in the competition included at least one Climb Base5 athlete. This included first place finishes for lead in Junior Men’s (Tosh Sherkat), Youth A Girls (Chloe Earle), and for speed in the Youth C category (Connor Jones).

Speed – 1st place finishes

  • Alannah Yip (Open – Female)
  • Connor Jones (Youth C – Male)
  • Emi Takashiba (Youth C – Female)

Difficulty / Lead and Top Rope

Open – Male

  • JJ Mah (4th)
  • Kyle Murdoch (8th)
  • Tosh Sherkat (16th)
  • Hayden Jones (37th)
  • Zach Bennett (39th)

Open – Female

  • Alannah Yip (1st)
  • Chloe Earle (4th)
  • Sophie Buitendyk (6th)
  • Mika Hosoi (27th)
  • Katie Mah (35th)

Junior – Female

  • Mika Hosoi (4th) and 3rd Canadian

Junior – Male

  • Tosh Sherkat (1st)
  • Kyle Murdoch (4th)
  • Hayden Jones (10th)

Youth A – Female

  • Chloe Earle (1st)
  • Sophie Buitendyk (3rd)

Youth B – Female

  • Brielle Zacharias (13th)
  • Alana Titerle (32nd)

Youth B – Male

  • Ben Newman (5th)
  • Ethan Hoffman (6th)

Youth C – Female

  • Emi Takashiba (1st)
  • Tula Sherkat (7th)

Youth C – Male

  • Connor Jones (4th) and 2nd Canadian

For the full results, visit the Fédération québécoise de la montagne et de l’escalade (FQME) website.

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“When I’m feeling stressed, it’s usually because I haven’t been climbing enough.”

Katie Mah was eight when she took a climbing course with her family at the Edge Climbing Centre. That year she and her brother JJ joined the Edge Youth Climbing Team. Fast forward 16 years, countless hours in dusty gyms with talented coaches and friends (like Andrew Wilson and Mike Doyle), and probably a hundred or so comps including a handful of worlds events, Katie is back to climbing after a 7-year break, this time with her eyes on the World Cup circuit!

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Here are the top 10 things Katie likes about climbing:

  1. The people. Climbers are a dedicated bunch who look out for each other.
  2. Being on the Base5 team means I get to hang out with Andrew Wilson! It means the world to me to be on the Open Performance Team and I’m so happy to be training with new and old friends under the tutelage of a great coach.
  3. Climbing helps me focus and brings mental clarity. When I’m feeling stressed, it’s usually because I haven’t been climbing enough.
  4. The mental and physical challenge of the sport
  5. Trips, trips, trips! Climbing allows me to explore wild and remote places and connects me to all kinds of people I wouldn’t meet otherwise.
  6. It’s a democratic sport. Age, height, and other things like that don’t often matter. When I was a kid, my climbing coaches were instrumental in helping me remove the word ‘can’t’ from my vocabulary.
  7. It’s always humbling
  8. That I can link my love for the sport and the outdoors with work. I’m an equipment designer for Arc’teryx, which means I spend probably 75% of my time making outdoor gear or thinking about how to make outdoor gear better. And the other 25% “testing”. I was fortunate to be an Arc’teryx athlete before joining the company as a designer.
  9. Being in nature
  10. There is no end to improvement. I’m working on improving my lock off strength and dynamic coordination.

This is part of a series to profile the 2016/2017 Open Performance Team members.

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Defy the doubters. Defy the haters. Defy gravity!

Climb Base5 is organizing the first of its kind team-based bouldering event on June 24th. Defying Gravity won’t be your average climbing comp. It’s going to be social. It’s going to be about teamwork. It’s going to be a wicked time!

Register as a team or sign up on your own (we’ll put you on a team) and face off against other teams with over 35 new boulder problems to try and our spicy-constructed team challenges…

This event is for everyone in a fun, relaxed, and supportive environment! If you’ve never climbed in a comp situation and want to give it a try, this is for you. If you’ve had some comp experience, this will be something that you’ve never seen before where you’ll have to trust your instincts, close your eyes, leap and hope you picked the right teammates 🙂


Defying Gravity – Climb together, fall together, stay together.
Date: Saturday, 24 June 2017
Time: 10am – 10pm
Price: $18 per person

The Rules

  1. Climb as a team
    • Come up with your own three-person team – see the Event Program below for details.
    • You can also sign up as an individual… let us know when registering for the event and we’ll organize you to be on a team.
    • All ages from 10 and up are welcome to join!
  2. Earn points as a team by climbing boulder problems and taking part in our team challenges
  3. The most points for all rounds gets your team to the finals – We’ll have a finals for the top 5 teams from all three team categories (Novice, Advanced, and Experts).
  4. Win the finals. Get an award, the glory, and, more importantly, the bragging rights!

Event Program

10am – 530pm: We’ll have a 2-hour scramble format with the focus on hardest boulders topped and most boulders topped.

  • 10am – Novice scramble *teams can be co-ed, all girls or all guys
  • 12pm – Advanced scramble *teams can be co-ed, all girls or all guys
  • 2pm – Expert scramble *co-ed teams mandatory

530pm – 10pm: The Finals, fun, games, awards, and general hilarity to follow ☺

  • Free hot dogs (meat/veggie)
  • 1 free beer and additional provided at a cost of $2.00
  • Potluck – we encourage all registrants to bring an item to share (think healthy-ish/yummy additions to hot dogs!)

*Don’t forget to download our cheat sheet on what to expect!


It’s time to defy gravity… Deadline to register: June 21st, 2017

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Sign up to the Facebook event to get updates, ask questions and hang out!

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