So I’ve been working for the past year or so on developing a new program to offer at Kinetic we are calling “KräftFit.” It’s a program dedicated to advancing a climbers goals through a variety of fitness regimens in both individual and group settings. The plan is to deploy this program in the Fall and give our customers something fun, exciting and exhausting to push them and achieve fitness goals.
This is just something I have been working on in the middle of opening a new gym, shaping holds and designing some new climbing gear for Mad Rock this Summer. Stay tuned in the coming months for more info on “KräftFit” and other stuff I’m brewing up in my crazy life.
So the new walls are done and setting has begun at Kinetic. Psyched to see my dream coming to life in Columbus, Ohio. If you haven’t seen the gym on Facebook, please go and “Like” it and keep up with all the new stuff we are doing. Plus if you are in Columbus, please stop by and climb. I will be there since it is now my new full time job.
So Jamey at Asana contacted me a few months ago wanting me to shape some new themes and lend my talents to the crew of shapers Asana has in their arsenal.
I created these two themes for them and they are already at molding production getting ready for their debut at the Asana booth this Summer in SLC at the OR trade show.
The first series is based a bit off of Rifle but I added some interesting divot layers to comfortize the edges and create a more “rounded” shape verus the more angular blocky nature of Rifle. These are mostly pinch like but there are edges and ledges and some slopers thrown in the mix as well.
The second series is a clean low profile roof jug and jug series. The aesthetic on the outside which serves a more textural purpose was based on an EKG machine from a long night at the ER with my GF. I sat there staring at the EKG monitor and started seeing patterns which I added to the holds giving them a constant look and theme.
Overall I hope people like these and being part of Asana as a holds designer is a great opportunity to work with a longstanding company which has been part of industry for a while. Keep your eyes peeled, August they should be available to buy and stop by the Asana booth during the trade show as I will be doing some meet & greet sessions and hanging out.
So here are seven sets of holds I shaped for Groperz Hand Holds called the “Stumpys.” Should be available by June.
So what you see below is the new Kinetic wall design that is finalized and ready for construction in Columbus, Ohio. The wall design idea is a culmination of over 85 gyms I have visited combined with some of the more successful aspects of the previous Kinetic gym we had from 2008-2014. Presentation is key and I wanted the walls to work in synthesis and for it to feel integrated like I hope Kinetic will be as a gym offering, integrating a community of people through the vehicle of climbing.
The design was done by professional climber and legend Timy Fairfield and his partner Ernest Coletta of Futurist Climbing. They took my ideas, visual suggestions and photo references creating a solution I’m very excited about and hope many of the climbers in central Ohio are as well.
Futurist is an awesome company to work with. They understand the methodology of creating an “experience” for all levels and not over designing a space. The flooring will be a Futurist flooring system and in my opinion the best product on the market hands-down.
We start construction in mid May and look forward to this thing coming to life in 2014.
A contract a few years in the making but one worth waiting for. Jamey from Asana asked me to do a whole new line of holds for them and to get them all done and in production to debut at the OR trade show in SLC. I am excited and hope to come up with some fun and exciting new stuff to expand their line and hold offerings.
Crank up your taste buds and get ready because Clif Bar has done it again!
I present to you the “Fruit & Nut” and “Dark Chocolate” series in the new Trail Mix Bar line.
Clif Bar is always blazing the way with innovative products and this line is truly mind blowing, wait taste bud exploding is a better way to express how good these are.
Say hello to the newest additions to the Clif Bar family.
“Fruit & Nut” Trail Mix Bar series:
• Wild Blueberry Almond
• Cranberry Almond
• Coconut Almond Peanut
“Dark Chocolate” Trail Mix Bar series:
• Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt (Its a big title bursting with BIG flavor!)
• Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond
Many of the folks at Clif Bar know I’ve always had a deep affinity for one of the classic flavors available moons ago called “Wild Berry.” Sadly is was discontinued around 1998 and every year new stuff comes out hopes I hoped they would re-release it or bring something out comparable… Well I am here to tell everyone they did it! I present to you the “Wild Blueberry Almond” Mojo Bar. This bar is dreamy, and full of berry bursting flavor, a fantastic crunchy texture provided by the Almonds and a softness that is chewy and so fun to eat. My hopes and wishes have been answered so thank you Clif Bar for that.
The rest of the “Fruit & Nut” line is equally as amazing. The “Cranberry Almond” is full of rich flavors and a cranberry tart that leaves you wanting more. The Almonds are nice and big and when you see this package and for that matter all of the Mojo Bar packages, the quality of the ingredients and consistency of the product shows.
There is also a “Dark Chocolate” series of bars to satisfy those folks who like Chocolate but want a healthier way to enjoy it. Clif Bar did it right as they always do. I am excited to see this new wave of Mojo Bars getting out into the retail world and into the tummies of active people all around the world.
Oh as a side note: If you have a hard time finding the “Wild Blueberry Almond” flavor in your local stores it is because I am keeping them all to myself. Just saying!
Now go out and enjoy this upcoming summer weather and be sure to have plenty of the new Mojo Trail Mix Bars in your bags or pockets.
Throw away all your chalk brushes because the game has been changed and the WolfPack has been unleashed.
I was shown the Lycan brush last year at the Outdoor Retailer or OR as we all call it and my mind was truly blown. I also met and was introduced to the owner, designer and mastermind of WolfPack Climbing, Jon David.
Jon David (In photo above) is an energetic, young and a very inspired entrepreneur with a penchant for finding voids in our industry that with some tweaking can offer a higher level of performance, appeal or just straight functionality. At the time Jon was just in prototype stages but his concept and idea was solid and I was sold immediately.
Over the course of the Winter of 2013 Jon was able to arrive at a bomber design result that doesn’t break easy and affords a robust functionality for a climber specific brush. This is not some pre-made store bought option, this brush was designed from the ground up by a climber for climbers.
The Lycan brush features a 100% boars hair and the way it removes chalk is unlike any other brush I have ever used before. The brush also has a higher number of bristles then other boars hair brushes on the market. The hairs themselves are longer, allowing them to be sunk deeper into the ferrules giving more surface to stay in the handle. Speaking of the handle, it has a built in fingernail file or gobi sanding strip which you don’t see in other brushes on the market. The handle is textured for better grip when your hands are sweaty after blasting off the lip of a highball and landing in a pear cactus. (This blogs author has firsthand knowledge of said experience) From a form standpoint the handle is also ergonomic and curved in a way to aid in getting into crimps and pockets. The bright orange color helps it stand out against most ground surfaces so you don’t lose it easy and the added bonus is it is assembled here in the USA.
The Lycan brush is starting to get momentum on the West coast and after a couple of visits there myself I have seen it in most of the gyms and some retail shops, so the word is getting out. I have been working hard to get the product into all of my Mad Rock accounts on the East Coast and the response has been awesome. The new retail packaging is great for seeing all of the brush and comes with pre cut post hole for display hanging. The Lycan brush is distributed by Mad Rock and can be purchased through any of their retail accounts, website etc.
Trust me when I say once you get your hands on one of these and observe the higher level of performance this brush offers, you will find yourself going to this brush over and over. So warn those other brushes you have in your bags their days are limited, because the WolfPack has been unleashed and the game is about to be changed!
So I have switched gears the past few weeks to build stuff for my new iteration of Kinetic opening this Summer 2014.
My shaping studio is temporarily torn down and the old gym is also gone so I’m using the space to make training equipment in the meantime as we wait for the wall to be built in its new location.
Below are some Plyo Boxes I named “Low Ball” & “High Ball” to go with the size and height. Thought that was a funny pun and people would get a chuckle out of that. Also below are some Fitness Ball stands I made and smaller Plyo Boxes for our youth training programs. These smaller boxes can also double as foundational blocks to make the bigger ones even taller.
Fitness will be a huge part of our gyms offerings so I plan to build more custom equipment to offer our customers and clients. Plus it’s a lot of darn fun to make things and get sawdust in your ears.
So I am visiting Crimpers Climbing in Virginia the next few days and was invited to bring along some of my holds and spread them out for people to see and touch.