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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!

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Training and teamwork pays off as our athletes reach the podium five times at the Youth Boulder Nationals.

With around 200 athletes competing in the 2017 Canadian Youth Boulder Nationals last weekend at The HIVE North Shore in North Vancouver, the competition was fierce and the skill level was high. We’re happy to report that our youth team athletes rocked the Boulder Nationals taking a podium spot in five out of the eight categories!

“I am also so happy with how the Climb Base 5 athletes handled the pressure of this event. These inspiring young people competed with poise, determination and passion,” says Andrew Wilson, head coach for our youth team, reflecting on how the weekend went.

“Our athletes also clearly showed the importance of being in and working as a team. I was inspired by the way our athletes were there for each other. The podiums would not have happened without the support these athletes received and provided for each other. The entire Climb Base5 community should feel proud of these successes.”

Junior – Female

  • Mika Hosoi (1st overall)

Junior – Male

  • Ivan Luo (1st overall)
  • Tosh Sherkat (2nd Canadian / 3rd overall)
  • Kyle Murdoch (3rd Canadian / 4th overall)
  • Hayden Jones (8th)
  • Adrian Kask (18th)

Youth A – Female

  • Sophie Buitendyk (1st overall)
  • Chloe Earle (10th)

Youth B – Female

  • Brielle Zacharias (14th)
  • Eladee Jamieson (28th)

Youth B – Male

  • Ben Newman (5th)
  • Nathan Head (16th)

Youth C – Female

  • Emi Takashiba (1st Canadian / 2nd overall)
  • Maki Koci (2nd Canadian / 4th overall)

Youth C – Male

  • Connor Jones (3rd)

For the full results, visit the Sport Climbing BC website.

Here's Mika Hosoi on her way to taking top spot in the Junior - Female category.

Mika Hosoi on her way to taking top spot in the Junior – Female category.

We’re proud of all the athletes who competed and a big shout-out goes to The Hive North Shore, Sport Climbing BC, and everyone who helped  put on an amazing event. Missed out on the action? Check out Sports Canada TV for recorded Semis and Finals (coming soon).

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Don’t know who’s luckier here – the girls or route setter Sean McColl?

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Free the wall to win some swag!

We’ve received a lot of good comments from our experimental liberated wall and we want to keep all this good stuff going… Build boulders on the wall and share them on Instagram by February 20th and you’ll be entered into a draw for some bouldering swag!

Ready? Here’s what you need to do.

Build/create/design a boulder using the holds on our Liberated Wall and then let us know what you came up with.

  1. Take a photo with your phone.
  2. Mark the route with your favorite photo app (like Pixlr). Show the start (SS) and finish (F) holds in blue and other holds in green like in the example below.
  3. Share your route photo on Instagram and include the hashtag #b5buildaboulder.
  4. You’re then entered into our random draw for a boulder gift package.
  5. Deadline to submit your entries is February 20th!

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