Ali Gingrey, Author at Sender One Climbing
Ascent | Short Film by Jessica Cisneros

Ascent | Short Film by Jessica Cisneros

At Sender One, one of our core values is to share our passions with one another.  Recently Sender One staff member, Jessica Cisneros, shared her passion for filmmaking with the climbing community by creating a short-film documentary, Ascent – The Life of a Climber.  We asked Jessica a few questions to learn more about her passion for filmmaking and rock climbing.  Check out her film, and what she had to say, below!


How long have you been climbing? What about filmmaking? 

I have a weird relationship with climbing.  It is very off and on based on the complexity of my schedule and the seasons of life.  As of right now, it is very much on and I am loving it!  If I had to say a time, it’s been about 3 years.  Filmmaking, however, I have been doing for 2 years consistently.  Prior to that I was a video editor for 5 years. 


What inspired you to you to combine your passions of climbing and filmmaking? 

They were both easily accessible!  I think sometimes as filmmakers, we get stuck having to produce a story from a narrative that we don’t fully believe in or support.  Under those circumstances, it becomes difficult to create.  If I was going to be the pre-editor of this project, I had to be 100% behind the concept. 


What made you want to make a film about climbing? 

When I was brainstorming on ideas to produce a small documentary for school, I wanted to educate on a topic that would be attention grabbing!  Documentaries can be a bit boring sometimes and I wanted to give people something enjoyable to watch that they could still learn from.  I began working on this way before Free Solo, and other rad climbing docs, and the idea felt very original since these others didn’t exist yet.  I scripted, carefully sought out my interviewees, pre-selected outdoor climbing locations, and prepared the schedule to get shooting with a couple of my classmates.


What was something you learned while making this film? 

I learned many things while creating this piece.  I learned about the dedication and passion from a climber’s perspective, and how important it is to preserve our crags.  Overall, I learned that regardless of the type of climbing you engage in, practicing minimizing risk and not making rash decisions is extremely important – your life depends on it. 





Adidas Ticket to Rockstars – Coming to Sender One LAX

Adidas Ticket to Rockstars – Coming to Sender One LAX

Coming to Sender One LAX  |  Saturday, August 17, 2019

Come boulder with us and rock out to music!  Participate in the boulder jam, try out the other challenges, or just come for the fun!  This will be the first time the event has ever been held in California, and the top performing male and female climber in the Open Jam will get to travel to compete at the Ticket to Rockstars finals in Stuttgart, Germany!  Get more information in our FAQ below, and mark your calendars for an exhilarating day of climbing, music, and more!

How do I sign up?

The sign up process may feel a little tricky, so we’re here to help!  There are two places where you need to sign up:

  1. Event Registration through Sender One here: Click Here (or the orange button above!)
  2. Electronic Scorecard/Climb Tracker with Vertical Life: Click Here


Lastly, if you have never been to our facility before, or if it has been over a year since your last visit, you will need to fill out a facility waiver, here.
(Waivers must be on file for everyone entering the facility, regardless of if they are climbing or not)

What areas of the gym will be closed?

A floor map for closures is currently in development and will be available soon. The below dates are ‘rolling closures,’ meaning that once closed, they will NOT be open again until competition day.

Tuesday, August 13th
Bouldering Area (Downstairs) – Learning Corner to Ships Prow (all walls along the windows on the downstairs bouldering) – CLOSED
Wednesday, August 14th
Bouldering Area (Downstairs) – Ships Prow to the Sunset Slab – CLOSED
Thursday, August 15th
Bouldering Area (Upstairs) – CLOSED
Friday, August 16th
All Bouldering will remain CLOSED

Saturday, August 17th – Event Day!

  • Sender City – CLOSED
  • Bouldering Area (Upstairs) – CLOSED to non-competitors. Open to all at 7 PM.
  • Bouldering Area (Downstairs) – CLOSED to non-competitors. Open to all at 7 PM.
  • Rope Area – CLOSED
  • Fitness Area – CLOSED
  • Yoga Studio – CLOSED

There will be NO yoga classes and NO Intro to Climbing classes taking place on 8/17.

*Closure information is subject to slight adjustment prior to the event. We will update this post with any changes, should they occur. 

How much does it cost to attend?

Here is how it will break down on the day of: 

  • Sender One Members have free entry to the gym per their membership.  Members can use their guest pass to bring a friend as well!
  • Sender One Guests will be able to purchase discounted day passes for just $15! 

There will be no additional charge to participate in the adidas Ticket to Rockstars competition.

Where can I park?

A parking map will be posted closer to the event.  Should the gym lot be unavailable, there is street parking along Hindry Ave and La Cienega Blvd, as well as nearby pay-to-park lots.  The closest pay-to-park lots are the airport lot on 111th, a