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beyond the tape

Often when one climbs indoors sending all of the taped routes and problems within our established range occurs quite frequently. Lacking motivation to continue projecting those few undone lines only a few options remain: train harder circuit those problems we have already done or look beyond the existing taped routes and make up new problems [...]


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VV Climbers Sending on El Cap

Rob and Kendal take a bit of a sight seeing detour in order not to climb the wall too fast.


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From Gang Banger to Peak Bagger

If you’ve opened a magazine or watched a climbing flick in the past 2 years, surely you’ve heard of Cedar Wright and his various climbing exploits.  Well, one of Cedar’s regular climbing partners, Lucho Rivera, has been featured in a short ESPN video.  Once upon a time, Lucho was on the streets as a member [...]


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The Eckerd Boulder!

Radical Thinking

Working at a climbing gym you are surrounded by some truly forward thinking minds. Rob Masserini, or Radical Rob, is a local (mad)rad scientist who is taking going green to the next level. He’s taken existing electrical technology and made choppers that are not only going to up your eco points but also your style [...]


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CCS comp pics

Thanks to all the competitors who came from all over Florida to compete in the CCS comp at Vertical Ventures.  Below are some pics from comp day taken by Chris Brown. Did you get any pics?  Tag us in them on Facebook.   Share this post:


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VV Climbers Sending on El Cap

Like moths to the flame, Yosemite’s El Capitan beckons to climbers around the world.  Rob Masserini (a VV regular) and Kendal Jackson (a VV employee) are currently battling it out somewhere up there, a few thousand feet off the deck. You can follow their progress on the world famous El Cap Report.  Mr. El Cap reporter himself, Tom Evans, has photos of the boys doing their thing.  It seems they took a bit of a sight seeing detour, but are now back on their way to the summit.

Here are the specific report with Rob and Kendal:

ElCap Report 6/22/13

ElCap Report 6/23/13

 

 

 


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From Gang Banger to Peak Bagger

If you’ve opened a magazine or watched a climbing flick in the past 2 years, surely you’ve heard of Cedar Wright and his various climbing exploits.  Well, one of Cedar’s regular climbing partners, Lucho Rivera, has been featured in a short ESPN video.  Once upon a time, Lucho was on the streets as a member of a gang.  And then he found climbing.  Have a look, and pass it on:


Radical Thinking

Working at a climbing gym you are surrounded by some truly forward thinking minds. Rob Masserini, or Radical Rob, is a local (mad)rad scientist who is taking going green to the next level. He’s taken existing electrical technology and made choppers that are not only going to up your eco points but also your style points. I introduce to you the e-chopper!

I had the opportunity to take one of the St. Pete tours Rob does on the choppers. He blew my mind with cultural highlights around town as well as dropping some rad science on me.

“It actually requires less energy to ride an e-chopper then the caloric intake you would need to pedal a bike around town,” said Rob.

They can also be charged using solar power and have a battery life that will last you about 20 miles. Which means, for a city like St. Petersburg, e-choppers are perfect. You can have Rob build you a custom e-chopper for around the price of a nice moped.

What I didn’t expect was how much you’re missing out on just driving a car. Even on a motorcycle you generate so much noise you are cut off from your surroundings. The e-chopper is almost totally silent and it generates a lot of conversation. We stopped at the Woo mural and Derek Donnelley, a local artist who painted Woo, casually strolled up and gave us some insights.

Of course the real question for us climbers is how can we use this to get to the crag? Well, with the 20 mile range of these cruisers we’re about 570 miles out of range from the nearest real rocks. So we took a trip to the Eckerd boulder.

With a new St. Pete climbing gym in the works (if you don’t know then now you know) that makes two climbing destinations approachable by a vehicle that uses less energy than bicycling. Take that Boulder, Colorado!

The Eckerd Boulder!

 

-Kyle Ligman


CCS comp pics

Thanks to all the competitors who came from all over Florida to compete in the CCS comp at Vertical Ventures.  Below are some pics from comp day taken by Chris Brown.

Did you get any pics?  Tag us in them on Facebook.

 


USF Climbing Club Trip

Fall is here bringing perfect temps for slapping the sandstone slopers of Horse Pens 40.  The USF Rock Climbing Club had its largest trip this November. Twenty members trekked to Steele, Alabama to participate in the Triple Crown Bouldering Series.  The trip was an absolute success with many climbers experiencing their first climbing venture outdoors; memories were made and friendships were forged. The USF crew arrived back in Tampa a bit taxed by the legendarily cryptic boulders of HP40 but satisfied knowing they pushed their limits. Now we’re unpacking all the sweet swag from our backpacks, planning future trips, trying to feed the insatiable hunger for more rock.

The season is just getting started, kids –make the most of it!

Cheers ya’ll and thanks!
Jorge Calabria
USF Climbing Club President


Gym Pointing – The Sharma Factor

In this series, VV superstar Kyle will attempt to give you a behind the scenes glimpse into the extraordinary world of climbing gyms.

When you work somewhere long enough you start to recognize patterns. Whether you’re slinging fries at McDonalds or a corporate attorney, there are quantifiable aspects to the daily grind. Sometimes these occurrences can be painfully repetitive and we feel like we’re living the not-so-funny version of Office Space. The nice thing about working at a climbing gym is that we enjoy some quirky patterns particular to an alternative sport with people that are motivated by nature’s most welcoming features…rocks. It’s hard to talk about the day to day quirks of Vertical Ventures to someone who hasn’t worked here, even to our most dedicated gym rats. So I’ve been conducting some serious studies: crunching numbers, phone interviews, compiling statistics; all to help demonstrate, in cold hard numbers, what it’s like to work here.

The Sharma Factor
It’s inevitable, almost every day that I come into work I hear/see something about Mr. Sharma and his supernatural sending abilities. During my last working week I heard/saw Chris Sharma twenty-six times. You have to take into account that this was a week we weren’t playing a climbing video with him in it so that week was actually light on Sharma sightings. Another important ritual in the gym is the fist-bump. I got eleven fist bumps during the week. I also heard “psyched” six times. Being psyched and fist-bumping are important tools of positive affirmation that we use to help promote and maintain the climbing community. But no gym ritual, it seems, speaks to the climber’s soul quite so much as staring at rock climbing’s golden boy and wondering what it would be like to actually get paid to travel all over the world and climb every day.



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