Get to know your route setting team– what inspires them? Why do they climb?
Join our talented and amazing route setting team on January 21 & 22nd to set and climb your own route! Sign up today.
“OMMMMMM” No, we just didn’t get more zen at BKB. We just hired a new route-setter, straight from Seattle with an USAC & IFSC certification underneath his belt. Meet Oliver Miska.
A very happy Throwback Thursday to our BKB original Short Shorts video, directed by Brooklyn-based route setter Jeremy Bini (the mysterious JB on all of your favorite problems).
Now setting: the 30 & 45 walls.
Mark your calendars! On February 18th and 19th from 10am-4pm, we’re hosting a Route Setting Open. Come learn the art of route setting + set your own problem at BKB. No RSVP needed.
Remember when Petzl released their Zombie Escape Solutions document? Being a rock climber puts you at an advantage for the impending apocalypse, since traditionally zombies can’t climb:
“Due to limited mobility and mental capacity, zombies have trouble navigating vertical and high-angle terrain. To move safely in a zombie-infested world, it’s valuable to think in three dimensions”.
However, at Brooklyn Boulders…
Happy Thanksgiving, BKB!
Special thank you to: Michael Simonetti, Chris Schiro, Garrett Koeppicus, Robert Henry, Jason Coyne and Ashton Horton.
*Produced by BKB member Michael Simonetti, founder of Wigwam Creative, a production company that works with athletes and adventure-based companies. His passion for the outdoor lifestyle puts him right in the grind with those who are looking to document their odysseys using cutting-edge technology.
Here’s a quick tip to change up your training sessions with Atomik Bombs:
1. Take an Atomik Bomb and attach it to a dumbbell.
2. Now instead of hanging from it, try gripping it from the top and lifting.
3. Repeat. Increase pinch strength.
Thank you to our Route Setters & Head Instructor Luke, for demonstrating the awesomeness of their pinch strength.
Hadley hails from Texas and is currently studying applied linguistics at Columbia University on the Upper West Side. Born into a family with four brothers, she’s always been the odd girl out – so she fits right in with our (previously) all-male route setting crew at BKB.
Get to know Hadley a bit better by reading her Proust-like questionnaire for climbers:
What is the quality every climber needs? Sense of adventure.
What is your greatest regret? I don’t practice regret. Even the things that I’ve done that weren’t good ideas have been valuable learning experiences. Regret is a longing for what isn’t and can’t be; I’d rather dwell on what is and what might be if I am to take my life experiences into account.
What is your greatest fear? Heights…not really. It’s being stuck, not necessarily physically (although that is scary too) but the idea of being stuck and not growing or learning or getting better at things anymore.
What is your favorite mundane task? I kind of like washing dishes. I find it cathartic.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Presentability/Put-togetheredness.
On what occasion do you lie? About my age.
What kind of car do you drive? A blue one with two wheels that I power with my legs.
Your greatest vice? Mediocre television…I have no self-control.
Loose chalk, or chalk ball? Loose chalk.
Which living person do you most despise? Not sure I can choose a specific single person, but generally people who practice (especially habitual and systematic) oppression. The type of people who turn children into soldiers and girls into prostitutes.
Which living person do you most admire? My maternal grandparents. I know it’s really two people, but I couldn’t choose. They both are some of the most generous loving people I know and between the two of them they are able to build/make/fix anything. Also, my grandfather has been a perpetual help in the tool search as far as setting tools go.
What or who is the greatest love of your life? Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables
What is the trait you like least about yourself? My impatience with myself and others.
Which talent would you most like to have? The uncanny ability to learn languages with wild ease and speed.
What is your current state of mind? Blurry.
Boulder, Top-Rope, Trad or Sport? I’m most comfortable on Top-Rope and Sport, but I really want to improve my bouldering, so I can climb more powerful stuff, and greatly want to improve my Trad climbing. I want to do big wall stuff.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Profane ones.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would take advice better…including my own.
Where would you like to live? On a farm near the mountains.
What do you most value in your friends? Authenticity and the ability to be myself around them.
Who are your favorite writers? J.D. Salinger, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Annie Dillard, G.K. Chesterton, Walker Percy.
How would you like to die? Doing something courageous.