Thursday, December 10, 2009

Triassic Cancelled and other practice info

Hi Everyone,

Due to the unusually cold weather we'll have to cancel the trip this weekend. We'll tentatively reschedule for next weekend and hope that it warms up. I'll check the weather for Cleveland, UT and if it's not going to be at least 45 in the sun then we probably won't go.

Also we're going to start toproping tonight and slowly phase out of bouldering. For those who are going to regional competitions we'll continue to have those climbers do primarily bouldering.

Coach Matthew

Monday, December 7, 2009

ABS Registration is Open

USA Climbing is now taking registrations for Regionals. Go to their webpage and sign up if you want your climber to attend. Also please send me an email if you decide to register.

Friday, December 4, 2009

christmas, outside trip, and recent stuff

Hi everyone, a couple of important pieces of information

First, our last practice for this year will be Tuesday December 22. Practice will resume on Tuesday January 5th.

Second, next weekend Saturday the 12th we'll be doing an outside trip to a bouldering area called Triassic. It's near Cleveland, UT. It's about a 2.5 hour drive. We'll be going here because it "should" be warm enough to climb. Even at 45 degrees it's usually toasty in the sun. That being said please plan on having clothes for warm or cold weather. We'll leave from the Quarry at 8:30am. Kids will need, lunch, drinks, climbing gear. Good things to bring are: a camera, sunscreen, other items to like when going outdoors.
Also, please note that there will be carpooling going on, but we will need parents to drive. We'll determine exactly how many based on the number of kids going. Please consider making the trip. It's a very cool area to explore and will be a fun day.
We will be returning around 7pm at the Quarry.

Third: we've had some fun things going on in practice. Two new climbers have joined our ranks and we had a birthday to celebrate on Thursday. We'll have a few more bouldering practices and pretty soon we'll be climbing on ropes.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Quarry Competition

Last weekend's competition was awesome. Everyone agreed that the routes were the best of any comp (it helped that the routesetters set 20 more routes). The extra options enabled all the competitors to really show off what they've learned in the last few months. The Quarry Team placed better than they have in any competition. That's the last competition until Regionals in Bozeman on January 16th 2010.

Here are some photos from the comp, feel free to click here to see even more!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Competition this Saturday the 14th!

In case your climber hasn't told you already we are having another climbing competition this coming Saturday at the Quarry. Please talk with your climber to see if you can make it. We're really excited that this competition will be held at the Quarry as the homefield advantage exists in climbing as well! 

I'll be posting more information about the competition in the next few days. 

Tuesday Practice being held at Momentum!

Hi everyone more information about the practice on Tuesday the 10th. This coming Tuesday we will be holding our climbing practice at Momentum climbing gym in Sandy. We are doing this because the bouldering area in the Quarry will be under construction in preparation for the competition this coming weekend.

Momentum is our sister climbing gym at 106 south in Sandy. 

We will hold practice at Momentum (at the same time as their team) from 4:30-6:30. We will be carpooling by meeting at the Quarry at 4pm. We will have a few cars which will be able to take kids to Sandy for this practice, but we are always needing carspace so please consider helping out and making the drive. 

Your child will need a waiver to climb at Momentum. You can download them on the Momentum website by clicking Here. This will need to be filled out prior to the practice.  You can get addition information about momentum at

Meet at the Quarry no later than 4 pm. 

Thanks, again if you have any questions about this change please let us know,

Matthew Pecsok

Rockhaus Competition

The climbing competition in Logan was a huge success for our team. After a bit of a slow start the climbers started picking off climbs they could do. By the end of the day most kids had placed very well in their categories. One thing Dallin and I noticed was that our competitors were scared of topping out, which means we will be focusing for the next few weeks on taking falls in the gym. We learn a little more about how to focus on point scores and what needs to happen for each climber to reach his/her potential after each comp. I think the coming competition on November 14th at the Quarry will be a good event to apply what we've learned.

We'd also like to thank the parents who drove so far to get their kids (and even the coaches, thanks Wendy!) to the competition. 

If you would like to see the scores from the competition please check out Momentum's blog @ 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

November Bouldering Comp

FYI, the November Bouldering competition which was originally scheduled to be at Momentum will now be held at the Quarry.

Little Cottonwood Climbing Trip

Last weekend we took the kids out to little Cottonwood Canyon for a day of climbing on some real rock. Wendi was nice enough to come with us and help out for the day. Being the weekend of UEA we had a lot of kids that couldn't make it, but those that we able had a great time. We had Cammi,Clara,Jared,Wyatt, and Zach. We started at the Gate Boulders, tried to go to a new area called the Glen, and then headed to the All Thumbs area.  Check out the pictures from the trip, and look at the whole set of pictures by going to this link

Thursday, July 30, 2009

We are planning another outdoor climbing trip for August 8th! Please put it on your calendars. Keep checking for more details! We also want to welcome Jared Ramos as our newest team member!

Which Quarry team member loves rats and orange chicken?
(Not necessarily in that order!)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Sunday, May 31st was the 60th birthday of one of Utah's most influential climber. He is known for putting up most of the climbing routes up American Fork Canyon as well as Maple Canyon and Logan Canyon. Who is he?

What's a route that he put up that you'd like to do?

Join us on our climbing trip up Rock Canyon this Saturday, June 6th! We'll be leaving the Quarry at 10:00 a.m. and returning at 4:00 p.m. Check your email for a list of necessities you should bring. If you have any questions contact Lisa LaFleur 801.787.6849.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

First Summer Climbing Trip

Our first summer climbing trip will be this Saturday, May 30th! We'll be climbing in Hobble Creek Canyon. We will be leaving the Quarry at 10:00 a.m. so please show up 15 minutes early so we can pack up the cars. The wall is up the right fork of Hobble Creek Canyon, which is right above Springville. We will climb until 3:30 then pack up and head back down to the Quarry. Check your email for a list of needed supplies. Parents are invited! It will be a lot of fun! We look forward to seeing you all there!

Monday, May 11, 2009


For all of you competing at regionals this weekend,
you must register NO LATER than 11:59 p.m. on May 13th!


Sage and Rachel both completed the challenge last week! You both did an awesome job!

Monday, April 27, 2009


Congratulations to everyone who competed at Momentum on Saturday! You all climbed awesome and did an amazing job! If you have any pictures you'd like posted on the blog, send them to me and I'll get them posted. Thanks!

This week’s challenge is slightly different. In a minimum of 100 words, I want you to write a paper about you and climbing. You can write about the way you feel when you climb, the way you feel after you climb, how climbing has changed your life, why you climb, or any other ideas you have on you and climbing. You must have your paper to Cali and Andy by practice this Thursday.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The tip this week is from our lovely coach Cali Brown.

Commit: Stop thinking about all the negative and 'what if's'. Saying or thinking things such as, 'I can't do this', 'what if I fall', 'that looks too hard', only makes it harder for you to perform well at climbing. As soon as you step onto the wall you need to put full effort into your climb and commit. Make sure to move on your first try and accept the fall. Falling isn't failure. Taking the fall is part of the learning process and will only help you improve. It is better to fall trying than to give up.

Don't forget our upcoming competition on Saturday, April 25th! The comp is at Momentum Climbing Gym in Sandy, UT. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and climbing begins at 9:30 a.m. Copies of the waiver and registration forms can be found at You can register over the phone by calling 801.990.6890. If you choose to register the morning of the comp your registration and waivers must be filled out before you arrive. If you're not participating in the comp come up and cheer for the rest of the team!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


There will not be a new challenge until you complete the last challenge; get working on it! Be sure to check out the pictures from the Pocatello Comp on the slideshow! Have a great Spring Break!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

1. California is home to a famous climb called “Grand Illusion”. Who climbed the first ascent of it?

2. What year did this person climb it?

3. What is the significance of this climb?

Monday, March 30, 2009

What type of rock did the team climb on last Saturday?

In June, we will climb further up Rock Canyon on a different type of rock. What rock will that be?

Geologically, how is each rock formed?
Nobody figured out this weekly challenge. Here are the answers:
1. Quartzite
2. Limestone
3. Quartzite is formed through metamorphic processes. Limestone is formed through sedimentary processes.

Congratulations to Sage and Conner! They won the challenge last week!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Don't forget our Rock Canyon climbing trip this Saturday! We're meeting at the Quarry at 10:45 a.m. Check your email for a list of what you need to bring. See you there!

What is the main piece of protection used in sport climbing?

How does this piece of protection work?

What do you have to use to place this piece of protection into the rock?

Conner won last week's challenge with this answer:

In climbing the term red pointing is derived from the German term rotpunkt (point of red) coined by Kurt Albert in the mid 70's at Frankenjura. He would paint a red x on a fixed pin that he could avoid using for a foot or hand hold. Once he was able to Free Climb the entire route, he would put a red dot at the base of the route.

(Information Source:

Saturday, March 14, 2009

1. Who came up with the idea to “Red point” a climb?

2. Where did this person start red pointing routes?

3. What did this person do after he red pointed a route?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Congratulations to Rachel and Conner! They won this weeks challenge. Here are their answers:
1. What is the difference between “Aid Climbing” and “Free Climbing”?
Answer: Aid Climbing involves the climber placing a piece of protection gear and clipping their harness directly into the gear to take body weight off of their hands and arms, and repeating the process to advance to up the rock. Free Climbing involves the climber using their hands, feet, and other body parts to advance up the rock while using protection gear to only protect a fall.

2. Now, what is difference between “Free Climbing” and “Free Solo Climbing”?

Answer: Free Solo Climbing is when the climber does not use any protection gear, including a rope, and climbs by his or her self. Free solo climbing requires the climber to have strong confidence in their ability as well as be mentally tough due to the fact that a fall can be lethal.

3. And lastly, what makes a “Highball” Boulder Problem different from a “free Solo”?

Answer: Highball Bouldering is bouldering on tall boulders with crash pads, which is protection, and a fall may lead to injury but not death.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

1. What is the difference between “Aid Climbing” and “Free Climbing”?

2. Now, what is difference between “Free Climbing” and “Free Solo Climbing”?

3. And lastly, what makes a “Highball” Boulder Problem different from a “free Solo”?

Conner won last week's challenge! Here are the answers:

The first 5.12 in Utah was Macabe Roof in Ogden Canyon. It's about 70 miles from the Quarry. Jeff Lowe is the first person who climbed it. Congratulations Conner!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

What was the first 5.12 in Utah?

Who climbed it?

What canyon is it in and how many miles away do you live from it?

TIP: To find the answer to this challenge, you may have to do some asking around the gym or at Mountainworks.
*Answers due no later than Thursday's practice.

Congratulations to Rachel! She won our last weekly challenge. Here are the answers to the challenge:

1. Who is the first person to advocate Bouldering as a legitimate sport? ANSWER: John Gill (picture on left)
2. Name 2 things this person introduced to the climbing world that every climber uses and does. ANSWERS: Chalk and Dynos (Dynamic Moves)

3. Lastly, what does he teach? ANSWER: Mathematics

Friday, January 2, 2009

Sage bouldering


Sage at the Mo Town comp, October 4, 2008

1. Who is the first person to advocate Bouldering as a legitimate sport?

2. Name 2 things this person introduced to the climbing world that every climber uses and does.

3. Lastly, what does he teach?

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the blog of the Quarry Youth Climbing Team!