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Bouldering - What Your Mother Never Told You, But You Need to Know!



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Bouldering essentially got its start by climbers practicing difficult crux moves on more accessible, shorter walls or boulders that didn’t require safety equipment. It has since evolved into its own style of climbing presenting fun and unique new challenges that has become extremely popular and continues to grow. This talk will help to inform those looking to try bouldering themselves, whether indoor or outdoor- or those simply interested in learning more about bouldering. We'll look at a brief history, popular climbers and areas, and some other safety and technical beta to help make bouldering more accessible and build a better experience for all.
Our presenter, Chris Blakslee, got into climbing about ten years ago, when a co-worker asked him to come to the local indoor rock-gym. He knew right away this was something he wanted to pursue and has been climbing several days a week since then.
He spends his time bouldering in the Phoenix Rock Gym and around local outdoor areas such as Flagstaff and the Superstition Mountains, but his favorite spot to climb is Hueco Tanks in El Paso, Texas. His other favorite destinations are Joe's Valley, Chattanooga, Red Rock State Park, Squamish and Rocklands.
For the last two years, Blakslee’s been teaching beginning and intermediate climbing classes through Mesa Community College that take place in Phoenix Rock Gym. He has had students of all ages in the class with a focus of learning lead climbing for intermediate, and mitigating the learning curve for beginners through basic technique.
Climbing is so important to Blakslee because it not only gives opportunity for fun and thought provoking physical challenges, but has a community aspect and develops friendships that are absolutely invaluable.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 7 - 9 p.m.

Granite Reef Senior Center
1700 N. Granite Reef Road · Scottsdale, AZ

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