A Climbers Best Friend
Like many people, the first thing I do before hopping on the wall is chalk up. Whether it’s due to hot temperatures and sweaty hands or that chalking up has become a ritualistic behavior, it is something that brings comfort and confidence to my climbing. With gyms adapting and putting new measures into place to mitigate the risk of covid, chalking up may do more than adding extra friction. I am not a scientist nor an epidemiologist, but in my research I have found some articles that help shed light on the relationship between covid and chalk.
In July Friction Labs partnered with scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to test out how well liquid chalk could kill bacteria and viruses. While lab work often gets passed off to graduate students, this project caught the attention of a team of professors specializing in immunology and microbiology. Test results showed that not only did the chalk completely kill the virus but it was as effective as the industrial-strength disinfectant CU uses to disinfect their own laboratories. Fortunately for us, while it is as effective as their disinfectant it isn’t as harsh on our hands! For more information on the study check out the link below!
Around the same time Friction Labs was testing their liquid chalk the Association of British Climbing walls tackled the question of powdered chalk. With many climbers still preferring to use powdered chalk it is important to know how it may affect the spread of viruses such as covid. Researchers at the De Montfort University Leicester in England conducted studies to see how they interacted. In this study they showed that while powdered chalk did not completely kill the virus, the number of infectious particles were reduced by more than 99%. This means that chalk left on holds will not retain the virus, even if someone inadvertently carries the virus into the gym. Not only does chalk reduce the number of particles, it also makes the virus inactive. Rich Emerson, Chair of the ABC said: “These results look fantastic and show chalk could once again be the climbers best friend.”
While the results of both studies bring a sense of optimism to gyms reopening, it is important to also remember and maintain all other protocols gyms have put in place. Everything from wearing a mask to physical distancing still remain important. We can go back knowing that there are ways that we as individuals can protect our gyms. Let’s chalk up and get climbing!
Over the holidays we had a chance to talk to Zak and Grzegorz about the challenges of sending outdoor climbing projects during the pandemic, as well as show us the new Boreal line of shoes.
Follow 2 new climbers over the course of 3 weeks as they work towards their goal of lead climbing outside.
They took a belay course, a lead course, and were able to put their new skills to the test with our partners at Cloud 9 Guides in Banff National Park.
With the ACA sanctioned competitions getting more structured and rigid, the CCC has started a new series of events for our youth team climbers.
Two of our facilities have ClimbParks.
CCC Hanger (in the north) and CCC Rocky Mountain (in the west). Wall elements vary at each location.
Our ClimbParks offer an entirely original climbing experience. It’s a fun zone with 21 vertical challenge elements where participants push their limits on our Jump Tower, Maze wall, Balance Pillars, Freefall Slide, Speed walls, Spider Web, Floating Cubes, Disappearing Holds and more. Staff supervise at all times.
May 1st 2018,
Welcome to our new location, Calgary Climbing Centre Rocky Mountain. We now have shortened hours while we finish the tall walls.
We now have regular hours. They are as follows.
Monday to Friday 10am to 11pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am to 10pm.
All photos are by Wiktor Skupinski at Latitude Photography
Bishop Road Trip
By Alyssa Weber
The Buttermilk boulders.
Last winter, Scott and I travelled to Bishop, California for the first time, and ever since then, we have been wanting to go back. We had only gotten a taste of how amazing the climbing is in Bishop and were left with some unfinished projects. So,for this winter break, we planned a trip and squeezed in as many days as we could. We ended up leaving a few days before Christmas, which gave us 17 days total, including 2 days of driving each way. The drive to Bishop is very long, so to make it worthwhile you need to go for a couple weeks. Also, our friend Matt Hendsbee, from Edmonton, flew down after Christmas to join us. He had never been to Bishop before and was psyched to try anything and everything.
A Month in one of North Americas best sport climbing locations
by Luke Dean.
My eyes shot open waking me, as the car my friend Liam and I were going to call home for the next month, shook from a passing semi. I took a deep breath and watched it condensate in front of me, and I thought to myself, “the things I’ll do for rock climbing.”
It was 5 A.M. and
The Calgary Climbing Centre is proud to announce the arrival of a MoonBoard at the Stronghold Location.
What is a MoonBoard?
by Jelisa Dunbar, coach for the Canadian Youth Climbing Team, and CCC Head Coach.
To compete in an IFSC World Climbing Championship is an experience like no other. Only a handful of Canada’s best athletes are selected to travel abroad to represent the country each year.
Training began early July in Montreal, where coaches, physiotherapists, psychologists and route setters spent the week testing, evaluating and preparing the Youth National team for the adventures that lay ahead. For many athletes, this was the last time we would see them until the World Championships began November 2016 in China.