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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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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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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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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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Alannah and JJ’s podium finish was a team effort

Canada’s top climbers came together last weekend to compete in the 2017 Open Boulder Nationals in Edmonton. This included some of our team athletes who crushed it individually and as a team!

Not only did JJ Mah come back from a climbing hiatus to claim 2nd spot on the podium, five of our athletes made the top 20 in the women’s category, including Alannah Yip taking her second consecutive Canadian national title!

Climb Base5’s team head head coach Andrew Wilson, who is still beaming from the results of the Youth Boulder Nationals in February, contributes the success of the individual athletes to the time, effort and support in coming together as a team.

I’m proud of Alannah and JJ. They came this far and got to the podium with the support from all the team members. What am I most proud of? The whole team.

Men’s Open (63 competitors)

  • JJ Mah (2nd)
  • Kyle Murdoch (20th)
  • Tosh Sherkat (21st)
  • Ivan Luo (29th)
  • Derek Runions (40th)
  • Hojin Jo (48th)
  • Hayden Jones (50th)

Women’s Open (47 competitors)

  • Alannah Yip (1st – her second national title)
  • Maria Celkova (7th)
  • Tiffany Melius (8th)
  • Sophie Buitendyk (12th)
  • Mika Hosoi (20th)

For the full results, visit the Comp Season website.

… and how can we forget Climb Base5 Open team member and routesetter Simon Parton, who challenged competitors with incredible, creative and beautiful boulders!