News & Notes – 12/08/2008

Just a few links for your afternoon reading on this Monday…

  • Tiffany Hensley & Sean McColl are North American Champions for sport climbing after this past weekend’s Continental Championships in Montreal, Canada.  Full results here.  Props to Midwesterners Greg Padovani (7th place), Alex Johnson (male version) (4th place) and Michaela Kiersch (1st place) for their fantastic showings.  If I forgot someone else from the Midwest, please let me know.
  • The female Alex Johnson has started to contribute a pro blog to the Deadpoint Magazine site.  Check out her first entry that includes some great pictures from Kelly McBride…I want those shoes!!
  • BetaBase never disappoints when it comes to giving the lowdown on the Yosemite Valley bouldering scene.  They just posted video of Paul Barraza sending Shadow Warrior and Yabo Roof, both V12.  In addition there is footage of Courtney Hemphill making two likely FFAs when she does Zodiac and Tap Dance, both V10.
  • The English Man In Font blog has had a great series of entries lately.  He is currently on a mission to repeat Dave Graham’s Amber (V13) in Brione, Switzerland, but he is struggling to overcome battles with conditions and mental roadblocks.  His latest entry has some interesting thoughts on the dilemma over how long to spend on a project, something I think many of us have struggled with on climbing trips.
  • James Pearson’s grit testpiece The Promise, which was recently repeated by Americans Alex Honnold & Kevin Jorgeson saw 2 more ascents this weekend.  Pearson initially proposed that he felt the line warranted a grade of E10 (or even E11), however the route is apparently much safer than Pearson thought which has led the most recent repeaters to suggest a grade of E7.  It sounds like the route is basically a V8/9ish boulder problem that is pretty well protected.
  • Ty Landman is done updating his 8a scorecard?!?!?
  • AllClimbing has put together a nice list of climbing events

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5 Responses to News & Notes – 12/08/2008

  1. Chris December 8, 2008 at 4:44 pm #

    Alex Johnson won. Now where’s my crap?

    Just kidding. I have no idea. I was waiting for you to tell me.

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  2. Narc December 9, 2008 at 7:44 am #

    She did win the comp, but not by enough!

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  3. Tom December 9, 2008 at 8:19 am #

    So the winner of the Access fund package is…..

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  4. Narc December 9, 2008 at 8:22 am #

    It’s coming…

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  5. sweatpants December 9, 2008 at 12:39 pm #

    SWEATPANTS…. HOOOORRRAAAAYYY. Thank you so much Narc I humbly accept this prize for my greatness.

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