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Nerf War! It’s on BYONG

Bring your friends, your nerf guns and get to business!  We will set up areas of the gym for nerf wars starting at 6p.  We will run 20 minute war drills in different parts of the gym.  Be sure to mark your ammo so you can collect it at the end of the night!  There will be nerf safe zones for climbing only.   Remember to bring your eye protection, we have a limited supply for purchase.

14 and up battle on teams together.  Under 14 years old play on the kids teams.  We team up at 6:00 and the first kids war starts at 6:15. The first adult war starts at 6:45.

Bring a shirt you don’t mind wearing inside out, as this will designate our teams.

Games include: Capture the Flag, Capture the King, Hostage, Assassin and Team Deathmatch.  Come and join the fun!

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May the Fourth Be With You – Bouldering in the dark!

Join us for a Star Wars themed evening on Friday, May 4th! Costume contest, food tickets and bouldering in the dark!  Bring your headlamps, suit up as your favorite character and climb!  We will have food tickets and popcorn available!

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Better Footwork!

Climbing inside prepares us for outdoor climbs.  Improving your footwork will pay off both inside and outside.  Here are some drills to try while at the gym.



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Silent Feet

This is not about route climbing, think traverse or rainbow climb in the gym.  Start bouldering using any holds.  When you place your foot on a hold, place it so softly that it can’t be heard.  If your foot does make a noise, move back to your previous position and try again.  If you succeed, move on with the drill.

Do this for twenty different footholds.

Sticky Feet

When bouldering it is best to conserve energy – like putting your foot on a hold correctly so it sticks to the hold without unnecessarily adjusting your feet.

Identify four routes that are two to three grades below your max and climb the route as you normally would, but when you move to a new foot hold, the instant your foot touches, you cannot move it.  You should not readjust it.  If you move, go back one move and try again.

Do this for four routes.

Foothold Stare

Next time you boulder, note how often you look away from your feet while moving them.  Most of us don’t even know that we often move our eyes away from the footholds before our feet even connect, which causes poor foot placement.

Identify four routes that are two to three levels below your max.  Start the bouldering route and each time you go to move a foot, start at the foothold you are moving to.  Then after you place your foot, keep staring at it for an addition three seconds before moving to the next hold.


We love Traverse!  It gives you the opportunity to feel many different holds you may not normally climb. It is also a fantastic way to train your feet!  Traverse is simply climbing horizontally or sideways along the walls and close to the ground.

This is not route climbing, jump on any wall and start climbing sideways.  Be sure to look for your foot placements.  Use your legs (minimal upper body) and climb the route facing forward.  Then climb the same route backward ensuring you are using the Foothold Stare technique above.  Not only a great workout, but you build your feet, stamina and look cool!


We love to jump from the top of the route to the pads below, but this is an exercise for both improving your footwork and for getting stronger!  Find a route one to two levels below your max.  At the top of the route, instead of jumping, climb the route down (in reverse) to your starting point.  Letting your feet lead the way forces you to focus much more on your footwork.

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Ape Index climbers got outside last Saturday to enjoy our amazing weather and CRUSH some rocks!

Icecapades is located about 2 miles to the southeast of The Ice Castles. The rock is sharp quartz monzonite similar to the rock at Beardsley Boulders and Pinnacle Peak. The area most likely hasn’t been tapped out as there are several hundred boulders in the area.  Boldering and trad climbing here are popular.  We heard there is a sports bolt out here but we did not go back that far.  There are over 100 climbs for all levels of climber.  Get beta on the site here.

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The team had a blast.  We brought first time outdoor climber Lili with us and she topped out a couple of routes too!  Nice Lili!  Veteran climbers helped newer climbers with technique and beta while demonstrating the skills we are all working toward.

Safety is always our first concern so we had plenty of boulder pads, spotters and great communication.  While we may be a bit battered by the rock, it was great to CRUSH together!

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Organic Climbing Retailer 10% off until March 31st

Ape Index is a proud retailer of Organic Climbing products.  We are accepting advanced orders for your climbing gear!  All orders submitted by March 31 qualify for a 10% discount on your order!  Need a bouldering pad or other gear?  All Organic gear is proudly made in America.  All orders are custom made and you pick your design!  Because these are made per order, they take up to four weeks to arrive.

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