After months away from the climbing gym, it’s a good idea to ease your way back into crushing those projects -- unless you’re some super human that can climb V15 off the couch. With Sender One SNA open again and LAX following (hopefully) soon, we wanted to provide some tips on returning to the climbing gym.
TIP #1: Stretch before arriving at the climbing gym.
Because time is limited to 2-hour climbing sessions (for now), we suggest doing some stretching at home. You can refer to this warm-up video we made for our at-home iSWOLation workout challenge. Stretching prior to arriving at the climbing gym may help speed up your on-the-wall warm-ups so you can get to sending!
TIP #2: Be kind to yourself and your fingers/skin/tendons.
Take it easy! With the lack of consistent climbing over the past few months, our bodies need to readjust. Don’t overdo it because you may run the risk of getting injured. Listen to your body and rest when needed. You may be surprised at how quickly you will get your strength back!
TIP #3: Keep your mask up, covering your mouth and nose.
Out of respect and to protect yourself and others around, make sure to always mask up while inside. If you need to catch your breath and breathe in some fresh air, you can let the staff know that you’re stepping outside for a few breaths. The ONLY time a mask can be removed while indoors is to drink water or munch on a snack (between bites).
TIP #4: Come prepared to climb in proper attire.
For now, our showers and locker rooms are unavailable until further notice. We highly recommend coming to the climbing gym in your climbing attire so you can be ready to hop on the walls.
TIP #5: BYORWB.
Bring your own refillable water bottle! Only the refill stations at our drinking fountains are available. We do, however, still provide an assortment of energy bars and beverages for sale to help fuel your climbing session!
TIP #6: Hang in there!
This year has been absolutely crazy. Bring on the socially awkward moments since we’ve all been stuck in our homes for 6 months and have forgotten how to act in the presence of other human beings. We love awkward and we will happily welcome you back with open arms, from a distance, with sanitizer and a thermometer in hand. Things are going to be different for a while, but we will continue to be here for you!
Sender One's next newest facility and first-ever bouldering only location is ready to serve the Playa Vista and Sender One community this summer!
We are very excited to share with you new visualizations of what the climbing walls by Walltopia will look like. These walls are inspired by the nearby ocean, California sunshine, and coastline sailing - elements that complement Playa Vista and neighboring cities.
This year's Fall Bouldering League at Sender One Climbing SNA has come and gone, and this year was the biggest one yet! The 6-week battle-royale gave teams of five a chance to compete for the title of Bouldering League Champions.
There were lock offs, dynos, and comp-style problems. Each week offered new challenges for teams, who worked to complete as many problems as possible, while building friendships and cheering each other on.
"This is my fourth or fifth time competing," said Corey Cosby from the first-place team, The Pumpernoodles. "It's fun; I'm friends with a lot of the people competing, and the league offers a good, healthy competitive atmosphere. Anyone thinking about competing next season should just sign up. You will meet so many people and make so many friends and lifelong climbing partners that it is worth it for that alone."
The Bouldering League is an inclusive, community-focused competition, and is largely scored based on individual climber growth. Climbers of all skill levels worked together to push each other to climb their hardest every week.
"This was the biggest Bouldering League we have ever hosted!" said Wayne Huang, Sender One Fall 2018 Bouldering League Commissioner. "One of the most rewarding parts of the whole experience for me was convincing some climbers who were either not planning on initially doing Bouldering League, or who were on the fence to try it out, and then later hearing that they had a really great time. To me, climbing has always had the most open and unique community of any sport, and it really shines through during Bouldering League in my opinion."
In the spirit of keeping the competition friendly, the actual grade of each route is hidden. This can encourage climbers to try problems that they may not even attempt otherwise.
"It's been a good run," said Blaine Smith from team, Over the Shoulder Boulder Holder. "Our team got the chance to cheer each other on and we all really stepped up our game. The fact that the grades are blind really made this happen. It's easy to get that grade stuck in your head, but when you come in and just go for all the climbs you think you can do, you surprise yourself. Most of our team members are climbing at levels higher than what they normally would have attempted."
Above everything, Bouldering League serves to strengthen the sense of community at Sender One Climbing, and to encourage everyone to try hard in the process.
"Joining the Bouldering League has pushed me to do things I'm uncertain about," said Rika Williams of team, Crimpy Jugs. "I've enjoyed meeting new and supportive people who have helped me to improve. It doesn't really matter what level you are. It feels so good to feel that kind of support from people."
As the chalk settled on the final night of Bouldering League, the top three teams were:
First Place: The Pumpernoodles Team Members: Anni Vanderpool, Britney Berkstresser, Christian Monter, Clayton Boyd, Corey Cosby
Second Place: I Like Big Jugs and I Cannot Climb Team Members: Bao Phan, Emily Nguyen, Jasmine CHoi, Paul Huynh, Rikka Cornelia
Third Place: Beta Bots Team Members: Astrid Dawson, Christine Kim, Diana Keyes, Garrett Keyes, Greg Keyes
This season was also full of many hilarious and clever team names. The War on Jugs was awarded the best team name. A few hilarious honorable mentions were: Crimpanzees, Chalkoholics, and Crimp Scampi.
Another team name that holds a lot of significance was, Panda Express. The name serves as a memory of a team member who suddenly passed away from an unrelated medical issue. This team member's nickname was Panda Express, and his climbing buddies decided to name their Bouldering League team after him.
"I'd like to, both personally and on behalf of Sender One, thank every single participant this year," said Huang. "We wouldn't be here without the community we are lucky enough to host, and each year only serves to further reinforce that to me. Climbing, specificially in our community, is such a unique space in that it is friendly, open, and welcoming, but also that it sees so many people of all ages and from all walk of life intermingling. I firmly believe that fostering and supporting meaningful interactions between different people is not only the key to having a healthy community, but also to teaching each person's individual growth."
The next Bouldering League will be held in Spring 2019 at Sender One LAX! There are two leagues per year: one in the Fall at Sender One SNA, and one in the Spring at Sender One LAX. More information will be released as the time nears, so keep up the stoke and stay tuned!
The highlight reel from Sender One LAX's first Bouldering League Finals! Spring Bouldering League had a phenomenal turnout with amazing climbers, boulder routes, and vendors. Congratulations to our first ever champions of the LAX Bouldering League!
For Earth Appreciation Day, Sender One turned off the lights for a night of climbing in the dark! Illuminated only by glowing accents and headlamps, climbers took to the walls for a special night of climbing.