Monthly Archives: January 2012

Team ABC Outdoor Climbing Camp Announcement – France 2012

South of France

Outdoor Climbing Workshop

June 2nd to 9th, 2012

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The Trip

Come join us in Saint Antonin Noble-Val in the south of France for a week of climbing, adventure and great food!  Situated just north of Toulouse in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Saint Antonin-Noble Val is considered one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the south of France.  There is world-class rock climbing above medieval villages, hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, incredible history at every turn and some of the best local food and wine you could ever hope for.

During the week, kids will be learning outdoor climbing skills at the local cliffs while parents are free to explore the villages, visit the vineyards and hike, run or bike on the incredible local trail system.  Every evening the families will gather to enjoy a wonderful meal prepared by our local chef.

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Who can go?

Anyone!  This camp can accommodate all levels of climbers and families.

Kids who are over 13 and are comfortable without their parents are welcome to come alone and enjoy camp under coach and guide supervision.

We are limiting this trip to 5 families.  Spots are first come first served.  To reserve your family’s place, contact Adam Brink and pay your reservation deposit to ABC Climbing.  The deposit is 50% of total cost.  All deposits are non-refundable except if the trip is cancelled.

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Where Will We Be Staying?

Each family will have their own private gite (pronounced zh-eet) on the plateau overlooking the Le’ Averyon Valley and Saint Antonin Noble-Val.  Gites are guesthouses that are part of a government run system of renovated historic homes called Gites De France.  Every gite has its own charming plot of land and amazing old stone farmhouse renovated to meet modern standards.  All are surrounded by rolling fields, stonewalls, meandering paths and history everywhere.

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The Climbing and Trip Guides

Didier Raboutou and Adam Brink will be the climbing guides as well as the point people for the trip.  Didier is a French certified climbing guide, a former French champion climber and is still considered one of the best on-sight climbers ever.  Adam is an AMGA certified single pitch guide, a teacher of 10 years, and a climbing coach for the ABC Advanced Climbing Team and the Horizons Climbing Club at Horizons K-8 Charter school in Boulder.

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What is Included in the Cost?

  • Private guesthouse for each family
  • Guesthouse will be stocked with food for breakfasts and lunches
  • Group dinner cooked by our excellent local chief each evening
  • Four days of guided climbing, instruction and rappelling for climbing kids
  • One day of climbing and rappelling for parents
  • Group canoeing on the Le’ Averyon River
  • A guided hike through one of the local caves
  • Mountain bikes for parents with maps of the area
  • A day-long guided mountain bike tour of the local area for parents
  • Access to the Raboutou’s climbing gym

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Cost

$1,200 per person

Family of 2= $2,400

Family of 3= $3,600

10% discount for a family of 4 or more

Family of 4= $4,320

Family of 5= $5,400

As a point of comparison, all other guided climbing camps in Europe (and there are only a couple!) cost at least $3,000 to $4,000 per person!

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Schedule for the Week

Saturday - Arrive at your private guesthouse and relax in the countryside!  Group dinner is in the evening.

Sunday - Visit Saint Antonin.  Saint Antonin has its famous village market in the morning.  Don’t miss it!  The Sunday market is known for its incredible variety of fresh, local food.  In the afternoon interested families will go on a guided tour of one of the local caves (it has an amazing view, bring the wine!).  Group dinner is at 7pm.

Monday - Climbing day.  Kids will leave for climbing in the morning and be back by 4pm.  Parents are free while kids are climbing.  Group dinner is at 7pm.

Tuesday - Afternoon climbing.  Kids will leave for climbing at noon and be back by dark.  Parents are free while kids are climbing.  Group dinner is at 7pm.

Wednesday - River day!  Families will meet at 10am to go canoeing on the L’Averyon River for the afternoon.  We’ll stop at diving rocks, take a break at a riverside café and just enjoy the water.  Group dinner is at 7pm.

Thursday - Afternoon climbing.  Kids will leave for climbing at noon and be back by dark.  Parents are free while kids are climbing.  Group dinner is at 7pm.

Friday - Family climbing day.  Families will meet to go climbing in the morning and be back by 4pm.  Everyone will have a chance to learn how to rappel and do a 200 foot free-hanging rappel off of the main cliff overlooking town.  End of week party in the evening!

Saturday - Check out of guesthouses by noon.

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If you have questions or to sign up for this camp, please contact Adam Brink at adam@teamabcboulder.com.

Team ABC Outdoor Climbing Camp Announcement – Spain June 2012

Rodellar, Spain

Outdoor Climbing Workshop

June 11th to 16th, 2011

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Join us for a week of adventure in one of the most stunning areas of northern Spain, Rodellar!  Located next to Sierra de Guara Natural Park and known for its spectacular rock canyons and crystalline waters, Rodellar is one of the great climbing destinations in the world.  Our week will be filled with climbing the famous limestone, exploring the canyons and soaking up the great views from our apartment patios.  While the kids are out climbing, parents will be free to enjoy the good life in Spain!

We are limiting this trip to 5 families.  Spots are first come first served.  To reserve your family’s place, contact Adam Brink and pay your reservation deposit to ABC Climbing.  The deposit is 50% of total cost.  All deposits are non-refundable except if the trip is cancelled.

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The Guides

Didier Raboutou and Adam Brink will be the climbing guides as well as the point people for the trip.  Didier is a French certified climbing guide, a former French champion climber and is still considered one of the best on-sight climbers ever.  Adam is an AMGA certified single-pitch guide, a teacher of 10 years, and a climbing coach for the ABC Advanced Climbing Team and the Horizons Climbing Club at Horizons K-8 Charter School in Boulder. He has climbed extensively throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, France, and England.

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Where will we be staying?

We will be staying in the Valle De Rodellar apartments.  Each apartment is fully equipped with a kitchen, bathroom and a terrace or porch with some of the most breathtaking views in the Rodellar Valley.  There is an adjoining restaurant where we will have dinner each night.

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A Different Schedule

The Spanish eat dinner much later in the evening.  The whole day is actually shifted much to the later half of the day.  To be in sync with this we will start our climbing day with the kids later (around noon) and climb until the evening.  This gives us a chance to sleep in, climb in the shade in the afternoon and then enjoy the late Spanish dinnertime (starting at 9pm is normal, if not early).  While the different schedule can seem like a challenge consider it part of the adventure!

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Schedule for the Week

Sunday - Families arrive in the afternoon and check into apartments.  Dinner will start at 9pm.

Monday – Climbing day – Guides will have the kids climbing from noon to 7pm.  Parents are free during this time.  Dinner will start at 9pm.

TuesdayCanyoneering day! – A local guide will take interested families on an adventure rappelling and swimming through the local canyons.  Dinner will start at 9pm.

WednesdayClimbing day – Guides will have the kids climbing from noon until 7pm.  Parents are free during this time.  Dinner will start at 9pm.

ThursdayVia Ferrate day – For interested families we will be exploring the local cliffs and enjoying the spectacular views while following a via ferrate.  (What is a via ferrate?  It is a mountain route that is equipped with fixed cables, ladders and bridges. Walkers and climbers can follow vie ferrate without needing to use their own ropes and belays, and without the risks associated with unprotected scrambling and climbing).  Dinner will start at 9pm.

Friday – Family climbing day – Kids and interested parents will leave at noon to spend the rest of the day climbing, rappelling and exploring the canyons.  End of the week dinner party will start at 9pm.

Saturday – Check out of apartments.

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Longer Stays

If you are interested in arriving early or staying after please let us know.  We can help arrange accommodations.

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What is included in the cost?

  1. Family apartment for Sunday afternoon through Saturday morning.
  2. Dinner at the adjoining local restaurant Sunday through Friday evening.
  3. Your apartment stocked with breakfast and lunch food for the week.
  4. Three days of guided climbing for the climbing kids.
  5. One day of guided climbing for the parents.
  6. One day of guided canyoneering for everyone.
  7. One day of guided hiking and climbing on a via ferrate.

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Cost

$1,460 per person.

Family of 2: $2,920

Family of 3: $4,380

Families of 4 or more get at 10% discount.

Family of 4: $5,256

Family of 5: $6,570

As a point of comparison, all other guided climbing camps in Europe (and there are only a couple!) cost at least $3,000 to $4,000 per person!

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Who can go?

Anyone!  This camp can accommodate all levels of climbers and families.

Kids who are over 13 and are comfortable without their parents are welcome to come alone and enjoy camp under coach and guide supervision.

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If you have questions or to sign up for this camp, please contact Adam Brink at adam@teamabcboulder.com. There will also be a France camp, stay tuned for that announcement.

Divisionals Photos!!!!

Here are some photos from Divisionals in Tucson, Arizona.  All photos courtesy and property of Drew Dolan.

Timmy Dolan

Stella Noble

Ariana O'Brien

Ravelle Nelson

Phoebe Dolan

Phoebe gets a hug from Coach Robyn after a difficult qualifier. Phoebe ended up qualifying for finals in 6th place and took 7th overall.

Nick Lyon

Timmy Dolan

Finn Stack, Timmy Dolan, and Ethan Kruteck

More The Fanatic 2 + Divisionals Results. Pictures coming soon!

Divisionals Results!!!

We would like to congratulate all the members of Team ABC Boulder for their spectacular performance at Divisionals at the brand new Bloc climbing gym in Tuscon, Arizona last weekend. Team ABC kids took 6 out of 8 possible first place finishes and had several 2nds and 3rds as well. All in all, 23 Team ABC members qualified for Nationals!  Below are the results for Team ABC:

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Youth D

Boys

1. Joe Goodacre

6. Mateo Gallegos

8. Liam O’Brien

14. Ryder Noble

Girls

1. Brooke Raboutou

2. Stella Noble

3. Mia Manson

4. Ariana O’Brien

6. Ravelle Nelson

7. Phoebe Dolan

18. Corinne Otterness

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Youth C

Boys

1. Timmy Dolan

2. Finn Stack

3. Ethan Kruteck

7. Ray McVicker

Girls

1. Ivy Todd

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Youth B

Boys

2. Austin Lankford

4. Shawn Raboutou

6. Pierce McCrerey

14. Malcolm Oliver

Girls

1. Megan Mascarenas

2. Isabelle Goodacre

4. Margo Hayes

15. Kiana Ellis

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Youth A

Boys

5. Matt Lubar

6. Nick Lyon

12. Stefan Lavender

Girls

1. Laurel Todd

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Full Results: USA Climbing ABS Divisionals 2012

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The Fanatic 2 Update

Another nice post on Outdoor Actual that includes some backstory...in Spanish.

Poitiers Escalade

It is hard not to continue to be excited about the large amount of attention Brooke’s segment of The Fanatic 2 has received. Thanks again to Laurent Triay for allowing us to post this video via the Team ABC Boulder site, and thanks to everyone who has forward posted it. We are looking forward to creating more Team ABC Boulder media to share in the future, so stay tuned!

Klettern.de and another Vimeo Group and more stats for The Fanatic 2 Brooke Raboutou

#1 on Klettern.de!

Desce dai, Doido! Vimeo Group

And the stats…

Tuesday January 10th at 10:40am PST

Another Fanatic 2 – A Girl Thing Post! – Fanatic Lines, Stats, and Climbing Group on Vimeo

fanaticlines.blogspot.com

Climbing (Vimeo Group)

And more stats!  5:30 pm on Monday:

Yes!

This is so exciting!

The Fanatic 2 – It’s A Girl Thing – Even more views!

We are so happy to share that Brooke’s video is spreading like wildfire.  As of this morning here is the viewcount:

Stats from Monday morning at 9:47am PST

And here is another site the video is on.  Polish!  And they even wrote a little article about her.  Thanks guys!

Wspinanie.pl

The Fanatic 2 – It’s a Girl Thing – Brooke Raboutou Chapter Gets Mega Views!

We have been given permission to upload and share this chapter of Brooke from the French climbing film The Fanatic 2 – It’s a Girl Thing by Laurent Triay.  Since we first posted it yesterday this short film has had  over 3,900 views (and counting) and has been posted all around the Internet on sites including:

Deadpoint Magazine

Videos Escalada

8a.nu

Reddit

Bergleben.de

Skaly.horovaz.cz (via 8a)

Videos Blog de Escalada (special channel on Vimeo)

Montagnes Reportages Videos (channel on Vimeo)

Happyclimb Bouldering & Climbing Videos (channel on Vimeo)

Nice job Laurent, and nice job Brooke!  To see more from this amazing climbing filmmaker, including the rest of The Fanatic 2, The Fanatic, and other wonderful videos, check out his site – www.triaylaurent.com.

Team ABC Site Update – Brooke Raboutou Profile + New Video Segment!

Brooke Raboutou’s profile has just been updated with this video segment featuring Brooke from the French climbing movie The Fanatic Search 2 – A Girl Thing. Click the photo or click here to check it out! – Brooke Raboutou « Team ABC Boulder

Team ABC Site Update – Old Blog Import

Remember this?

We have imported all the posts from the old blog so you can relive your favorite ABC memories. Click the photo to see the whole shebang, or use “old blog” link at the top menu.  Enjoy!