Month: October 2013

Team BRC Psychedelia Recap

Team BRC did amazing this past weekend at the Spot’s bouldering competition, Psychedelia.  Below are just a few photos of the event.

TEAM BRC at the Spot's bouldering comp, Psychedelia.


TEAM BRC at the Spot's bouldering comp, Psychedelia.


TEAM BRC at the Spot's bouldering comp, Psychedelia.


For more general photos of the event click here.  Congrats again to Team BRC.  You rock!

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Level up! 4 Starz!

What if routesetting was a lot more like a video game?  A lot of routesetters these days have certification levels so that they can set at comps, etc.  For example, you can be a level 1-5 USAC routesetter, the upper eschelon gaining privilege to set at the most elite competitions.  I’d really like to start my own video-game-inspired, BRC leveling system.  So, being the head routesetter, i’m now imbued with the power of granting levels to my routesetters.  What follows is the new official BRC setter level list:

Stephanie Marvez (A.k.a. SMARVZ) – Level 15 Sorceress Setter.  Mistress of illusion and heroine of the shorties.  Commonly found repeating the mantra, “Sometimes you just have to pull…”


Patrick Megeath (A.k.a. PM) – Level 22 Ogre Setter.  Champion of peasants, smasher of stiff grades.  Often found inebriated with monkeys and loud music.


Sean Drolet (A.k.a. SD) – Level 19 Treefairy Setter.  Delicate, thoughtful and finger-friendly.  What more can i say?


Juan Esteban (A.k.a. Onecho) – Level 15 Orc Setter, Brutish and thuggish, hails from the far lands of Venezuemordor.  Hence the accent.


Trevor Markel (A.k.a. TM) – Level 19 Phoenix Setter.   That’s right, reborn from the ashes of himself.  Hawt.  So light and feathery that no grade is honest enough.


Matt Wilder (A.k.a. MHW) – Level 452 Albatross.  His exponential leveling has moved him beyond a simple ‘setter’ title.  Mr Baines(Castellan of Castle BRC) himself bestowed him with this title.  He’s practically achieved flight.


Tony Yao (A.k.a. T-nut) – Level 100 Ninja Setter.  Well, duh.  Who else could possibly be more ninja than our very own 300 year old Master Yao?


TJ Sanford (A.k.a. TJ) – Level 17 Karate Setter.  Ka – Ra – TAY.  He chops his way up climbs.  They are too scared to fight back.



Jonathan Siegrist (A.k.a. J-Star) – Level ? Gnome Setter.  Level ? is usually reserved for video game bosses.  Rarely seen and even harder to catch, he has a predilection for gardens and loves to repeat what other people say in babytalk.  Slayer of giants, lover of small shiny things.



Jonny Hork (A.k.a J.Hork) – Level 25 Link Setter.  Classic, oldschool, and always gets the princess.  Plus, he has a little green pointy hat.  Our newest setter straight from the Spot.



Dallas Milburn (A.k.a. Dtron) – Level 21 Princess Setter.  Tinkerbells his way up climbs with grace, precision and …. the power of pretty.  Possesses the ability to make anyone comfortable enough to talk about their problems with him in a grassy field with a nice warm mug of chai.  He’ll be returning to set for Xmas vacation!


Seth Lytton (A.k.a SRL) – Level 34.9 Mad Scientist Setter.  Conjures up Brutal and devious sequences with an abacus, tea leaves, a small hobbit and a lot of dry ice.  Can only be found on “hidden” game levels.


And myself?  I’d like to be a level 6 imp setter.  ‘Cause it’s at least one level higher than all those level 5 USAC setters, and i could fart fireballs or something else appropriately devilish.  And because Tyrion really is the only saving grace for George Martin’s epic sprawling Game of Thrones series.

Tyrion       OR      Imp

You might have spied master Yao (T-nut) around the gym the past few days.  He’s back in town for a few days.  Make sure to say hello, and try out his new 5.12 on the Tsunami.

In other news, We’ll be starting to set bouldering on thursdays twice a month during our busy fall/winter season so that we can pump out a much higher 4 week turnover on all of our bouldering.  There will be no room closures, so no roped climbing will be affected!  Let us know if you’re psyched on the Bouldering turnover or not.

TJ Sanford and Jen Aycock will also be leaving us at the end of October.  They’re heading back to Michigan for the winter and we wish them the best!  Thanks for all the hard work and the great, techy routes!  Don’t forget to visit!

Ciao for now,

-Level 6 Imp


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Climbers are a lot like monkeys…

…for obvious reasons.  And monkeys really need to climb.  So if all the flood closures are cramping your craggin’ style, you should come check out some of our newer routes.  This friday we’ll be resetting the expansion bouldering as well, and the small cave has some fresh problems up.

Jonny  Hork, who you might know from setting at the Spot, will be stitching up some routes here on occasion, starting next week.  If you liked his problems there, let us know what you think of his routes here!

As we’re moving into the month of October, we’re featuring another routesetter of the month, TJ Sanford.  TJ moved to Boulder from Michigan last winter with Jen Aycock (who now works at the front desk!).  You’ve probably gotten used to his style by now. He loves setting very sequential and technical routes, and if you haven’t noticed, he LOVES color matching his hold selection.  He learned how to climb traveling around the east coast, and a large degree of his inspiration is drawn from the New and Red River Gorges – collectively known as, “Those two gorge places out east.”


Tj grew up in Sturgis, a small farmtown in Michigan.  He spent a lot of time with the Amish growing up, and a lot of time not rock climbing due to a rather extreme lack of any crags in Michigan.  Instead, he spent his time honing his skills at a variety of Board sports… Snowboarding, skateboarding, wake boarding(i believe that’s where you pull someone behind you on a boat and they flip around and scream and holler a lot, not to be confused with water boarding), etc.  Basically, anything involving a board.

To round out his softer side, he was also a trained choir baritone.  Soon, we might have enough singing routesetters to start our very own climbing-themed barbershop quartet.  Or, at the very least, we can be even more raucous and brazen in our attempts to imitate Lionel Richie and Creed on those peaceful BRC setting mornings.  We wouldn’t want to bore anyone here, afterall.

TJ also has his blackbelt and teaching degree in Karate. I only recently learned how to pronounce this word.  It’s japanese and the “e” gets the lions share of stress.  Now i have to emphatically say ‘karate’ at least once every sentence.  Karate.  It makes me feel like Schmidt from “New Girl”.  Unfortunately, Tj has never used his karate on anyone, or on any of his routes. If he did, we’d have some really juicy stories for you.

Well, that about wraps it up.  Karate.  Perhaps, someday soon we’ll have a video of TJ Karate climbing one of his routes.  Or Smarvz, balance issues withstanding.  It’ll be the new sub-sport of climbing.  Karate.


See you in the gym!

Karate.                                      ________}———>


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