Climbfind Heroes

Jun 30

Climbing in Varazze, Italy, is likely best know for its boulder problem Gioia, which means Joy. Possibly the hardest boulder problem in the world, Gioia saw its 3rd ascent this year by BD athlete Nalle Hukkataival (FA by climbing local Christian Core).

But, if you’re not an 8C or 8C+ climber, you may wonder what else is out there. Well, look no further than this modest video of a few moderates (6C to 7C) in Varazze. Although the sector is fairly small—with lots of choss, to be sure—it is also pretty diverse in elevation and climbing style and grade. Crimps, slopers, roofs, slabs, you’ll find it all, including some super 5-star boulders!

Video copyright Nicolas Griere (March 2014)
Climbers: Wendy Bradley and Nicolas Griere

These guys look like they know how to have fun…! Bouldering in the magical forest of Fontainebleau.

Nov 3

Quick & Easy Climbing Motivation Tip #1

The weather is nice and crisp, perfect for Fall climbing.

But, ironically, when the weather is perfect, I actually find it more difficult to motivate myself to finish a project. Instead, I enjoy the good weather from the sidelines, watching friends, or choose casual and easy problems to climb instead.

Even when you’re crazy about climbing, finding motivation to finish a project can be difficult. That last bit of “umph” that takes you from projecting to sending is both elusive and essential.

Luckily, I’ve found an easy way to overcome mental blockages. Make a bet.

Sure, I’m also a competitive person. But there’s something about a harmless wager that brings back my sending spirit.

The other day it was simple. Send this climb and you win a beer (or lose and pay a beer). Send this climb and you get to choose the dinner place (or lose and eat at an obscure restaurant). Send this climb and win a massage (or lose and give a massage). Wear stretch pants the next climbing day, grow a mustache, climb in a costume… It’s silly. It’s small. It works.

On bad weather days in the gym, this method is especially productive. I found myself laughing, flailing, and then surprisingly sending problems I had already been working on for a few sessions.

Yes, of course, I wanted to finish these problems… but something about the added bonus of a bet—the threat of losing something when you fail—made all the difference.

In the end, maybe it wasn’t the bet at all. Maybe it was the general lightheartedness of the session that put my mind and body at ease, eliminated “sending” anxiety, and created the atmosphere I needed.

Nevertheless, I’m keeping this arrow in my quiver the next time I having trouble hitting my target climb for the day.

Got your own, quick and easy climbing motivation tip? Send them to!

Meanwhile, watch how we do “friendly” monthly competition at my local gym in Paris, France, Bloc’Out.

Sep 30

Martina Mali is a heroine!

Sep 22

Asana athlete Joel Zerr's footwork is better than yours. Fact.

Watch Joel kill it in Bishop, CA, with some fancy footworking ascents of March of the Pigs (V11) and Mandala Sit (V13).

Sep 12

Coffee Connoisseur & Camping: Finally, A Good (Cold) Brew!

You may sleep in your car, not shower for days (just kidding—weeks), and eat tuna out of a can in order to climb at your favorite crag. But, the one thing that climbers don’t skimp on is coffee.

A nice cup o’ joe is necessary for survival. Fact.

Now, I’m not going to lie. When there’s a choice between a “cafe au lait” or a shower, I choose the cafe. When I only have enough money to buy coffee beans or breakfast, I choose coffee beans (that is breakfast, right?).

I’m not going to guess why campers and climbers have zero standards for living but extremely high standards for the flavor profile of their caffeinated beverage and the mids and basses of its taste.

But, I am going to point you in the direction of a new type of brewed brew: the cold bruer.


To be perfectly honest, I didn’t know you could brew coffee cold. Like, brew it cold, not brew it hot and then chill it with ice (thank you for that, Starbucks). An actual cold brew.

Having just spent a few weeks camping in the mountains in Switzerland in August (it gets pretty hot), I’d personally appreciate a way to brew cold coffee with natural springwater. I’m pretty sure I would have sent much harder climbs.

Not convinced by my dirtbag opinion? Believe these two coffee connoisseurs, Boston-area baristas Sal Persico and San Bellino, who said to Boston’s NPR News Station “Here and Now”:

PERSICO: I think the advantages of cold-brewed coffee would be that it’s a user-friendly brew method. So you can grind coffee and doesn’t really have to - generally you use a coarse grind, but you can sort of eyeball it, and it’s pretty forgiving too, and it’s also very shelf stable.

BELLINO: A lot of people love the famously like, low acid, sort of low-acidic yield. It’s very flavorful. You can - also with a concentrate, you can vary intensity, so that’s what people like. They - a lot of people enjoy that it can be sort of - yeah, you get a more intense sort of flavor profile of the coffee when you cold-brew.

In sum, when you camp, no need to worry about a fine grind, cool storage, or stale taste with cold-brewed coffee.

Well, I’m convinced….

So where can you get a cold brew?

In addition to having an obvious passion for coffee (oh yeah, and climbing), I am passionate about entrepreneurship. So, recently, the founders of the Cold Bruer reached out to Climbfind to discuss their product, and I was keen to spread the word.

Straight from their Kickstarter page:

We love brewing coffee; over the past couple years we have enjoyed discovering new ways to do so.  One process in particular that stood out was slow drip cold brewing, and while the current brewing devices for this process are pretty impressive, they are impractical and overpriced. So we decided to develop the slow drip cold brewer that we wanted.

Inspired by the simplicity of Chemex, Cold Bruer is driven by clean and functional design while also making no compromises to the brewing experience. After many design iterations, we finally have a prototype we are truly proud of.


It turns out, machines that make a cold brew are generally inefficient and expensive. Thus, this Kickstarter project.

You can support Gabe Herz and Andy Clark’s project here.

Gabe has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, and Andy has a BFA in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. They both have experience with manufacturing in China. Their mutual love of everything coffee and design led them to form Bruer.

In return, depending on the size of your donation, you will come away with the entire Cold Bruer system.

So, next time you’re in the deep woods, hot and sweaty, camping and complaining about the lack of hipster indy poem-reciting coffee shop, equipped with chalkboard menu and gingerbread special (like they have back at hom in Boulder, CO), you’ll be able to micro-brew your own on the spot.

Seriously, though, coffee and camping have finally found a good mix. More of a tea person? Then go browse Kickstarter and support an entrepreneur today.

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Aug 26

Magic Wood - A bouldering paradise!

Get psyched from this video… or, good for a laugh at the end.

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