2010 Collegiate Climbing Series Update, Spring Break in Red River Gorge, & A Weekend Climbing in Rumney NH

The long lapse between posts is generally a good sign, hinting that a lot of really great climbing has gone down in the interim. These past few weeks have been no exception!

The 2010 Collegiate Climbing Series is really picking up and the Trailblazer-sponsored Yale Climbing Team is destroying—after competitions at West Point Military Academy’s climbing gym and The Gravity Vault climbing gym, YCT is in first overall for the Northeast region. Check the results posts to come for specifics! Participation in the Yale Climbing Team is open to any graduate or undergraduate student in the Yale community and is now officially a Yale club sport. We practice at the CT Rock Gym every Tuesday and Friday and compete most weekends. Trailblazer is the perfect place to get outfitted! For more information, contact team captain Jon “Chayla” Lassonde at jon.lassonde@yale.edu.

For many, spring break is a time of beaches and margaritas, but for us lucky YCT climbers, the beaches were replaced by overhanging, pocketed rock,; the margaritas by climbing shoes. This year’s spring break climbing trip took place in the Red River Gorge of Kentucky, where many routes were attacked and much fun had. “The Red,” as it is called in the climbing community, is a great place for beginners and veterans alike and the ‘strenghy’, ‘endurancy’ style of the routes made everyone’s climbing grow a ton.

Some of the most memorable routes to go down were:

TO Defy the Laws of Tradition, 5.10 a

Boltergeist, 5.10 b

Table of Colors Direct, 5.13b

Bad Company, 5.10 b

Finally, with the thaw well underway, last weekend saw the first trip of the season to Rumney, New Hampshire, a very well developed sport climbing area 3.5 hours north of the Have’. Much sending should happen there within the season—I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Until then, I’m up and out!

Keep on climbing,

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