Weekly Monday Gear Review: Black Diamond Key Chain Bottle Opener

Picture this: I’m sitting down trying to open a bottle of brew with no luck at all. When all of a sudden an angel sent from Heaven above comes out from the fog. That angel was a Black Diamond rep. He hands me this fine piece of hand crafted steel and says, “Here you go man. I hope you get some use out of it.” In my hand is the Black Diamond key-chain/bottle opener. Clearly a gift from God.

Flash forward a couple years. I still have the bottle opener and it has seen its fair share of bottle tops. The Black Diamond key-chain/bottle opener is one of the greatest tools that I own. Not only is it a great key-chain but, get this, it is also a great bottle opener. How many of you can say you’ve got something that does that. This little device doesn’t take up much room in your pocket and it doesn’t hang too low when the keys are in the ignition. But don’t think less of it because of its small size, it packs quite a punch. I have yet to find a bottle it can’t open.

Well….when I mean a bottle, I mean a beer bottle or something similar. This thing doesn’t open water bottles. That’s impossible.

Anyways, this versatile little tool is just half of the Black Diamond nut tool. Some of you reading this might say, “Hey I already have a BD nut tool. Can’t I just use that then?” We’ll sure you can. But let me answer your question with a question. How are you going to fit it in your pocket? How are you going to press the gas pedal when it is jabbing you in the leg?

Don’t be a fool. Avoid bulky pockets and bruised legs. Purchase the compact Black Diamond key-chain/bottle opener. I give it 5 stars and I know you will too.

PS: I’m not positive that it’s hand crafted or made out of steel. But who really cares.

To find out how you can get your hands on this and other great Black Diamond products, please visit the Black Diamond homepage.

E.J. Nogaski
Colorado Mountain School
enogaski@totalclimbing.com
800-836-4008 x3

Posted by Aubrey Wingo in Gear Review, 0 comments

Red Rocks! Vegas, Baby!

Rocktober is just around the corner!  Where are you going to get your send on?  Red Rocks!  Vegas, baby!  Could you think of a better fall destination for a brief climbing trip?!  As things start to get frosty on long routes at elevation in Colorado, the desert is just starting to get into prime time!

I have returned to Red Rocks again and again… to work… to play… to train… to CLIMB!  Situated right outside of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a world class destination.  It is one of my favorite spots due to the immense volume and variety of climbing- excellent sport or trad climbing, world class lengthy multi-pitches, sun or shade, crack or face.  There are plenty of hard routes in Red Rocks, but it is particularly noted for having exceptional long moderate outings, with enjoyably sustained climbing of just the difficulty to meet any climber at the level they are at.  

Want a mellow, but enjoyably steep outing?  Bing, Cat in the Hat, with six pitches of 5.6 going up the stunning formation that is Mescalito.  Want to climb a route that takes all the juice you’ve got and all the light of the day?  Boom, Epinephrine, considered by many to to be the best 5.9 in the country, sucking you in with a monstrous 13 pitches.  Don’t be scared off by rumors of endless chimneying- there are plenty of splitter cracks and endless corner systems in there too.  There are also many high quality cragging spots to work on your climbing or leading techniques and to rest your legs for the next big day out.      

One of the all time classics is the six pitch 5.8, Frogland, situated at the mouth of the astounding Black Velvet Canyon.  This climb has it all, pitch after pitch, with high end crack climbing, face climbing and corner climbing with a very cool tunnel through up high.  Oh, sooo good!  Below are some of the photos from a vertical adventure I had on it with two happy clients.

Colorado Mountain School has permits from October 22-31.  There are limited spots available, so please call the office now if you want secure a spot.  The friendly staff working in the office are happy to answer your questions and work with you to cater to your needs.  You can also learn more online here.

See you out there!

Rainbow Weinstock
Colorado Mountain School Guide

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New Coreblaster Schedule

The summer temperatures are high and folks are cooling off at the lake.  How does you core look in your swimsuit?  Tone up with COREBLASTERS with Jess Elliot on Fridays at Noon.  Monday’s Coreblaster Class is currently on hold, but will resume shortly. 

Get your chiseled abs today!
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New Routes & Cool Temps!

Climbers are cranking, and the air conditioning is too!  Six new routes went up this morning, and problems in  the expansion boulding cave will be revamped on Wednesday.  Come on in and cool off.  We have free group fitness classes and yoga for all BRC members and day pass holders!
Posted by Aubrey Wingo in Boulder Rock Club, 0 comments

He Did It!

Just wanted to give a round of applause to one of our route setters:
Jonathan Siegrist

His most recent accomplishment is at Smith Rocks, on ‘Just Do It’ (5.14c)… Well he just did it!
Check out the news flash at Climbing Magazine Online.
or check out his blog posts at:
Posted by Aubrey Wingo in Boulder Rock Club, Route Setting, 0 comments

A-B-C, 5-1-3

We at the BRC have known for a long time that Stefan Lavender, and the rest of the ABC crew have super-human strength.  They proved themselves in February by taking first place at the ABS Nationals competition.  Team ABC member Stefan Lavender drew some well-deserved attention recently by firing five routes between 5.13a and 5.13d in just one week at Tensleep Canyon – and he’s only 13 years old!  Check out Rock and Ice or Dead Point Magazine for the story, or better yet, read it Stefan’s own words on his blog.  Congratulations Stefan!
Posted by Aubrey Wingo in Boulder Rock Club, Team BRC, Youth Programs, 0 comments

Best for Boulder for 2011

The Boulder Rock Club was voted the Best of Boulder for 2011. We are proud to have received this award for seven years straight. Thank you! We love the amazing community in Boulder and we can’t thank you enough.
Cheers to another great year ahead!

Posted by Aubrey Wingo in Boulder Rock Club, 0 comments

23 Feet Film Tour Comes To Boulder May 6

23 Feet Trailer from Allie Bombach on Vimeo.

The Boulder premiere of 23 Feet will be at the Boulder Rock Club on May 6, 2011 at 7p.m. Beer and food will be provided at the event. Bring your favorite camping chair, yoga mat, climbing pad — anything you’ll be comfortable sitting on — and join us for an outdoor movie!

23 Feet is film about a community of people who have made the conscious choice to live simply in order to do what they love in the great outdoors. Three women set out across the west in their 23-foot-long, 1970 Airstream to search for the stories of people who have turned their backs on the creature comforts of society to live in school buses, vans, and other small spaces. From an inspiring campfire chat with legendary Yosemite climber Ron Kauk, to hearing the powerful story of a woman who changed her whole life for surfing, 23 Feet gives an intimate look at the ups and downs of dedicating your life to your outdoor passion.

Posted by Aubrey Wingo in Boulder Rock Club, 0 comments

Bean Fever

Join us next week to support Bean and his family at Avery Brewing in Boulder. It’s going to be an amazing night. Come one, come all!
April 28th, 2011 6:30pm
For more information on Bean, the event and how to help check out: www.beanfever.com
Posted by Aubrey Wingo in Boulder Rock Club, 0 comments

Cry in the Dojo Warmup

Hey all,

Check out the warmup that we do in the Cry in the Dojo series of classes here at the BRC. It is pretty general and works well for the classes as well as a general warmup for climbing. I do about 20-30 repetitions (about a minute) for each exercise.
—-WARNING!—-ATTENTION!—-HEADS UP!!!!!—-
This is exercise. Exercise, much like leaving your bed in the morning is NOT SAFE! Please take responsibility for your well being and think before you act. And if you want to play it safe, consult with a health professional before you start ANY new exercise program.
Posted by CWall in Chris Wall, Fitness, Training, 0 comments

Congratulations to Team BRC and Team ABC in their bid at ABS Nationals

The American Bouldering Series (ABS) National was just held in Boulder Colorado last week. We would like to congratulate both Team BRC and Team ABC on a successful comp. Below are the individual team results.
A huge effort by all the kids and the coaches!
Team BRC
Remi Arata 6th
Mark Benz 18th
Emily Ringoen 21st
Katelyn Hudspeth 25th
Check out the Video!
Team ABC
#1 as a Team (in Team Competition Category)

Under 11
Joe Goodacre-2
Liam O’Brien-15
Ray McVicker-19

Under 11
Brooke Raboutou-2
Stella Noble-5
Ariana O’Brien-7
Mia Manson-9
Ravelle Nelson-10

12-13
Shawn Raboutou-4
Malcolm Oliver-9
Finn Stack-10
Timmy Dolan-16

12-13
Margo Hayes-1
Isabelle Goodacre-2
Ivy Todd -20

14-15
Austin Lankford-12
Stefan Lavender-19
Nick Lyon-26

14-15
Megan Mascarenas-2
Laurel Todd-6

16-17
Lily Ridgley-9

Team ABC receives First Place in the Team Category
Posted by Aubrey Wingo in Boulder Rock Club, Competitions, Team BRC, Youth Programs, 0 comments

Boulder Climbing Community Winter Event: Feb 17th

Join us February 17th 7pm at the Boulder Rock Club for the Boulder Climbing Community (BCC) Winter Event. Featured speakers include Jim Erickson, Daniel Woods and Timmy O’Neill.

Posted by Aubrey Wingo, 2 comments

Final BCS!

Come one, come all for the final BCS comp this Friday and Saturday January 7th and 8th. Kick off the new year with a fun night at the Boulder Rock Club climbing on some sick climbs created by j-star, ng, pm, tm, sb, and t-nut. We will be featuring some new shapes by teknik, so come get your game face on!

Posted by Hank Pantier, 0 comments

Holiday Setting

Hey everyone,

Even though the holidays are here, we at the Boulder Rock Club will still be setting quality routes and boulder problems for you three times a week! The week of Christmas we will be turning over all the bouldering in the original as well as the expansion areas. The week of the New Year we will be back at it setting more great routes for ya’ll! Happy Holidays from the BRC setting crew.
Posted by Hank Pantier, 1 comment

Boulder Climbing Series Advice

The Boulder Climbing Series is a very social and user friendly competition series. It is a great way to get into sport climbing competition, test yourself to see how your winter training is going, or just get a great workout and hang out with friends. But make no mistake, it is a competiton. There are rules, scorecards, and prizes. And let’s face it; there is something about the word “competition” that puts a little edge on things. Often enough, the pressure from even the most casual of events is enough to frustrate our efforts. Here are four things to think about that will help make your BCS experience more fun.

#1 Understand the rules. Sounds like a no-brainer, but not knowing the rules is a very common, very frustrating mistake. Fortunately this pitfall is totally avoidable. Make sure that you are there for the Rules Meeting at the beginning of every competiton. Don’t be shy about asking questions.
#2 Get enough scores on your card. Sounds simple, but you would be surprised at how many people miss this one. At the BCS we usually take your top 3 routes and add those points together for your final competition score. If you only have 2 routes completed by the end of the event, one of those three scores will be a ZERO!
It is amazing how quickly 3 hours can zip by. I usually tell my athletes to be ready to go as soon as the competiton starts. That way they can get points on their score card sooner rather than later.

#3 Warming up on competiton routes and non-competition routes. This is a biggie. Time and comp routes are limited. Should you warm up on competition routes or on the other routes scattered throughout the gym? The advantage of warming up on comp routes is that you help to ensure #1, getting enough scores on your card. The disadvantage is that you will have to wait in line for your turn, which may take a while.
If you want to really play it well, put your score card in the queue and do a little bit of timing math. It takes 4-5 minutes for one competitor’s turn at bat. If there are 5 people ahead of you in line, and they are all successful on the route (a big if sometimes) we are talking about 20-25 minutes of waiting. While your score card is in line, you can be off warming up on a route that is not part of the competition. Just make sure that you make it back in time.

#4 Watch other climbers. This is a REDPOINT format competition. That means that not only do you get to try routes more than once, but you also get to watch other people climb them. Other than climbing it yourself, watching other climbers is the most valuable source of information about a route that you will get. Use it.

There are always several BRC staff members around to help you get the most out of your competition experience during the BCS. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions or if you need something. This competition series is for you, and we are here to help.
Posted by CWall in Boulder Rock Club, Chris Wall, Competitions, 2 comments