FrictionLabs athlete / Fort Collins, CO homeboy Roy Quanstrom nabs the post-break 1st ascent of Will Anglin's sporto stunner, Cobra Strike near Gunnison, Colorado! Rowland Chen follows up with the 2nd ascent. Roy and Rowland propose an updated grade of 5.14c/d.
Video: Alton Richardson
Roy's go-to FrictionLabs blend? Secret Stuff (Liquid Chalk) + Gorilla Grip (med chunky). Available at frictionlabs.com, amazon.com, or a fine outdoor retailer near you.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Fam!🎄🎁
To celebrate the end of 2019, FrictionLabs athletes Jeremy Schoenborn and Robbie Phillips, along with filmmaker @buyused, dropped their latest “ode to JTree-old-school-test-pieces” film featuring Scott Cosgrove’s 5.13d stunner, The Cutting Edge.Put up by Coz in 1989, this JTree king line went unrepeated for almost 30 years!
This year, @frictionlabs Pro Keenan Takahashi clipped the chains ⛓ for the 2nd ascent while Jeremy nabbed the 3rd, and Robbie followed with the 4th. ✅ A perfect vid to keep you psyched through those holiday food comas... 🍖
KT, Jeremy and Robbie’s go-to FL Blend? Secret Stuff (base layer) + Gorilla Grip (chunky loose chalk). 👊🏼🤙🏼🌵
FL Pro Taylor McNeill takes down his nemesis rig in LCC, Utah... Spinal Twist V13/8B! 🔀 "When I first tried this boulder the moves felt so foreign. I didn't fit into any of the positions and couldn't do some of the moves at all... It's an amazing feeling to see improvement in my anti-style and finish off this Chris Sharma test piece." -TM
Nice one Taylor! 👊
Taylor's go-to FL blend? Secret Stuff (base layer) + Gorilla Grip (medium chunky) www. frictionlabs.com
FrictionLabs Pro Keenan Takahashi feeling the send psych on Fred Nicole’s impeccable Rocklands dream line Monkey Wedding V15/8C. Sick work KT! 👊💯✅
Keenan’s go-to FL blend? Secret Stuff (base layer) + Bam Bam (super chunky) + ClimbSkin (skin healer).🤘
FrictionLabs Pro Alex Puccio @alex_puccio89 and FrictionLabs Athlete Robin O'Leary @robinoleary sit down with FL's VP of Marketing Paul Dusatko @pdrizzll to catch up on life, climbing, training, and Alex's move back to Colorado! Scope it.
Recorded live at the @frictionlabs booth during the Summer 2019 Outdoor Retailer Show in Denver, CO.
FrictionLabs new recruit Ben Burkhalter makes quick work (three sessions) of Giuliano Cameroni's Blade Runner V15/8C! Blade Runner is a recent RMNP power-crimp addition located on the famous Jade boulder in Upper Chaos Canyon. Siiiiiick work Ben! 👊
Video and Motion Graphics: Arjan de Kock + Paige Claassen.
Ben's go-to FrictionLabs blend? Secret Stuff base layer plus Gorilla Grip mixed with Unicorn Dust!
FrictionLabs Pro Keenan Takahashi keeps his Swiss tick list rolling with a quick repeat of Dave Graham's Delusions of Grandeur. Strong work KT!
Keenan's go-to FL blend? Secret Stuff (base layer) with Bam Bam (super chunky).
Video: Brian Hedrick Music: Beneath by Cushy (Epidemic Sounds)
FrictionLabs Athlete Roy Quanstrom aka Our Boy Roy keep'n it groovy on Dave Graham's beauty of a boulder, Amber 8b/v13 in Brione, Switzerland.
That granite tho! 😍
Roy's go-to FL blend? Gorilla Grip (medium chunky)
Video: Will Anglin Music: Trouble (YouTube License)
During a quick yet fruitful trip to Hueco Tanks, FrictionLabs Pro Matt Fultz sent multiple classic test-pieces including Esperanza V14, Tequila Sunrise V12, and Diabolique V12/13... just to name a few!
On day 2, Matt toured the tip of West Mtn with fellow FL Pro Alex Puccio to explore the Adventureland zone. After nabbing the second ascent of Puccio's new addition Mammoth Rub V12, Fultz took down his main objective, Young Blood V12 via a flash.
Matt's go to FL blend? Bam Bam (super chunky)
Video: Paul Dusatko
FrictionLabs Pro Alex Puccio had a mega trip to Hueco recently, taking down classic after classic only to add her own!
Adventureland features amazing polished stone of the highest Hueco quality dubbed "mammoth rub." As the theory goes, large mammals like mammoth and cattle (in more recent years) used ground level access to scratch their backs on certain boulders.
The wear down of the rock from years of this scratching created a beautiful solid polish—Inspiring not only Alex to name her new line Mammoth Rub, but master climbing hold shaper Ty Foose to create an entire dual-tex line of the same name.
Mammoth Rub, V12 adds a few hard power/tech moves into an existing V4 mantle stand start. After suggesting this lower link, watching Alex and Matt put together the final sequence was pure inspo!
Next time you're in Hueco ask your guide or a local about the story behind "the rubs." 🤓
With bonus footy of the 2nd Ascent by FrictionLabs Pro Matt Fultz!
Video and Edit: Paul Dusatko @pdrizzll
Music: In My Thoughts by _91ultra (ES)
Alex's go-to FrictionLabs Blend? Bam Bam (super chunky)
FrictionLabs Pro Niky Ceria recently traveled through his homeland of Italy from North to South. Over 3 months, Niccolo hit main bouldering zones along with those less traveled. His focus was first ascents and at each stop Niky added yet another classic to the ever expanding attraction of climbing up and down The Boot.
Among the highlights for Niky was the area of Basilicata: "Basilicata is probably my favorite region of Italy, it includes amazing sandstone bouldering. This place was full of great potential to establish new lines and some of these projects were my main goal... 'Curry' (featured) is probably the best traverse I've ever climbed! It was a very nice trip and the quality of the boulders was higher than ever." - Niky
Enjoy the vid and next time you're planning a major climbing trip , consider adding Italy to the mix!
Video: Niky CeriaNiky's favorite FrictionLabs blend? Bam Bam (super chunky)