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ABC Learn to Climb Day!

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ABC Kids Boulder

The First Annual ABC Learn to Climb Day was a great success! 

Yesterday over 125 families visited ABC for the first annual ABC Learn to Climb Day where ABC coaches, staff, and athletes helped them to experience our favorite sport–climbing!

Nice!
It’d be scary if he wasn’t smiling!

Families also got to get to know our sponsors–La Sportiva, Adidas Outdoors, Petzl, Prana, Organic Climbing–and the event sponsors–BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery, Oskar Blues, Boulder Granola, Skratch Labs and Izze–and have fun with the dunk tank, slackline, face painting, hula-hooping, and bounce house.

Adidas athlete Courtney Sanders repping for Adidas at Learn to Climb Day
Adidas athlete Courtney Sanders repping for Adidas at Learn to Climb Day

Team ABC and ABC Kids Climbing would like to thank everyone who came out to Learn to Climb Day! We’d also like to say thank you to the staff, coaches, team parents and athletes for all their hard work and assistance that kept the day running smoothly.

Coach Robyn helping a young climber learn the ropes
Coach Robyn helping a young climber learn the ropes
Making friends at Learn to Climb Day
Making friends at Learn to Climb Day
Cody ready to take a turn on the dunk tank.
Cody ready to take a turn on the dunk tank.
More fun with face paint!
More fun with face paint!
Hula Hoops!
Hula Hoops!
Team ABC Athletes running the raffle
Team ABC Athletes running the raffle

Learn to Climb Day was also featured in the Boulder Daily Camera:

ABC Kids Learn to Climb Day in the Boulder Camera
ABC Kids Learn to Climb Day in the Boulder Camera

Thanks to everyone for their support and hard work!

We look forward to the 2nd annual Learn to Climb Day!

ABC Learn to Climb Day

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TEAM ABC OFFERS FREE LEARN TO CLIMB DAY

2013 ABS NATIONAL YOUTH TEAM CHAMPIONS WILL TEACH THE SPORT OF CLIMBING

Boulder, CO, April 2013 – Team ABC and ABC Kids Climbing in conjunction with LaSportiva and Adidas are proud to announce the 1st annual Learn to Climb Day. Families from all over Colorado are invited to join Team ABC, current ABS National Team Champions to learn the basics of climbing. This free event will be held on Sunday, May 5th from 2-5 PM in the ABC climbing gym, 1960 32nd Street in Boulder. The ABC gym is the only dedicated kids climbing and training facility in the world.

The goal of Learn to Climb Day is to expose new families to the sport of climbing. Climbing is an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities throughout the state of Colorado. Participants will have the chance to climb at multiple stations set up in the facility, including The Monkey Pavilion, an area dedicated for the youngest of climbers. The “coaches” at each station will be Team ABC youth athletes and coaches. Essentially kids will be taught by kids. In addition to climbing, the event features a dunk tank, face painting, kid friendly exhibits and giveaways from local businesses.

There has been significant growth in the sport of climbing over the past few years due to an increase in the number of climbing gyms along with the focus of Boulder based USA Climbing on the competition aspect. In addition, this sport is on the horizon to be included as an Olympic sport in 2020. “As climbing becomes more mainstream, we recognize that this is an excellent opportunity to have Team ABC show the local community what the sport of climbing is about and that all children can participate. We are excited to teach local families about the basics of climbing and have fun doing it” says Robyn Raboutou, Head Coach of Team ABC.

The ABC Kids Climbing program and Team ABC were founded in 2004 by Robyn Raboutou, a world class climber who had the vision of teaching the next generation of climbers. Robyn is the most titled female climber in the world. She has won the US Championship five times and is the winner of four World Cup Titles. ABC stands for agility, balance and coordination. The ABC program is based around inspiring confidence and self-esteem in children as young as two. These crucial skills are the building blocks of all athletics.

The ABC Kids climbing gym is open seven days a week and offers multiple recreational and competitive climbing programs for kids of all ages. The programs include Team ABC, clubs, classes, birthday parties, camps, outdoor programs, open gym and parents’ night out.

For more information, visit http://abckidsclimbing.com.

Prodigy Profile: Brooke Raboutou UPDATED

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THNKR has come out with this wonderful profile of Brooke. Enjoy!

UPDATE: Here are some sites that have shared the video and written about Brooke (click the screen shots to see the articles):

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2012/2013 Season Try Out Info Update + FAQ

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Members of Elite Team ABC 2011/2012 route reading at SCS Divisionals

Due to overwhelming interest we have changed our tryout schedule and added a second set of tryouts for the 2012/2013 season. We also have a short FAQ to answer all the questions you might have about try outs. Click here or use the “Try Out” menu above to read about teams and try outs and get your try outs day on your schedule!

UPDATE: You only have to attend ONE day of ONE session to try out, though some athletes may want to attend one day of each session. Click the “Try Out!” link below for more details.

Try Out! « Team ABC Boulder

Team descriptions and training schedules have also been updated for the 2012/2013 season. Use the “Teams” menu to learn about each team.

See you at try outs!

Team ABC Boulder New Facility Team Opening Photos

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Chris Sharma showing how it’s done at the Team ABC Facility Opening

Drew Dolan shared some photos from the opening of the new ABC Facility in Boulder. Enjoy!

Coach Robyn climbing
Alex David Johnson checking out the new gym
Timmy Dolan
Vert Walls!
Getting the beta from Chris

If they’re racing, Stella is winning!
Bat Hang!
Braving the big wall
Testing out the corner
Chris Sharma throwing prizes
The kids waiting to catch gear

 

New Facility!

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Here is a great photo of the new facility by Coach Mike Auldridge

New ABC Facility 1st Practice + Article in The Daily Camera!

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Stefan Lavender checks out the new gym just before opening.

The new ABC Facility opened its doors for the first team practice this weekend, and several celebrity climbers showed up to climb with the kids.

Some of the visitors on opening day. Recognize that guy on the left?

The Daily Camera posted an article as well – read it here – Daily Camera Article on Team ABC Boulder Facility.

The soft opening will continue later this week, and the Grand Opening will be later this summer. Stay tuned!!!

New Facility Opening – First Team Practice This Weekend with Chris Sharma!

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Jon Glassberg of The Spot Setting Crew checking out the new foam

The floor is going in…

setting has started…

and the brand new ABC Kids Climbing training facility will open the doors this weekend in Boulder, CO!!!

This new facility is the first of its kind dedicated specifically to youth climbing.

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Team ABC will hold their first practice there from 1-4 pm, with special guest, Chris Sharma!

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Here are some more pictures from construction:

Jay Jay from The Spot was over at lunch to check out the walls last week. She was very impressed.
The Back Wall
More Back Wall
The new ABC For Kids room – there are t-nuts on every surface!
The Tall Walls
Danny from The Spot checking out the amazing hold selection
A bunch of the new holds
More holds!

There is much more to share, but some of it has to be a surprise!  If you are on Team ABC see you Saturday, and be sure to stay tuned for the grand opening, coming this September!

Boulder New Facility Update – New Photos!

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Coach Didier let us take some photos to share of the progress that has been made on the new ABC Facility in Boulder. Lots has happened since we last shared photos, and we’re really excited as almost all the plywood is up and many sections are moving towards completion. Some of the wall has even been painted, and Team Athletes Shawn and Brooke Raboutou spent their day off school (it is conference week in Boulder) helping turn the new wall into ABC colors. Enjoy the photos!

So many angles! The corridor between the main center boulder (primed, on the left) and the new back wall boulder (still just plywood, on the right)
Same corridor from the other direction
A wheelbarrow full 'o t-nuts and other crucial odds and ends.
The column. Good for squeezing and balancing.
Far left of the back wall--more steep!
Another view of the roof. You can see part of the column at the right edge of the pic.
Inside the big boulder. That's some sturdy construction!
Brooke (up left) and Shawn painting
The front of the main boulder in ABC Colors