Assisted Climbing

The main goal of any climbing gym worker is to be able to assist any and every person that has the desire to live in our vertical world.  Sometimes, that can come in the form of a stronger belay.  For anyone with a physical impediment that keeps them from reaching the top,  we can easily set up a 2:1 pulley system to give them an extra boost.  We have used this system for people with muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and paraplegia.

One end of the rope is attached to the belay bar and feeds to a pulley at the bottom of the climb. It then loops back up to a second pulley that is also attached to the belay bar.

The bottom of the system has the lower pulley that you attach to the climber (right) and a gri gri for the belayer (left).

If you know of anyone that would like to give climbing a try that could benefit from this system, give us a call and we can set this up for them.  If you need someone to belay the climber for you, we can set that up as well with advance notice.    Just call 303-254-4344 and ask for Amy.


New RJ1 Ladies’ Night Commander-in-Chief

Hailing from the home of the first McDonald’s, Ronald Reagan and Superman, we bring you Chrissy, our new Ladies’ Night hostess with the mostess at RJ1.  Please take a moment to get acquainted with her – you may never meet anyone with more enthusiasm.

Hey everybody!  So you’re probably all wondering who I am and why I’m qualified to work and teach at an awesome gym like ROCK’n & JAM’n. Do I have what it takes?  Will I be able to contribute?  The short answer is HECK YES!  Why?  There are just too many reasons to mention, so I’ll try to focus on a few.

First, I was born and raised for almost my entire life in one of the flattest, most featureless, and most corn-filled places in the entire US– you guessed it, the Land of Lincoln (and lobotomies)– The Great State of Illinois!!  The entire state has less climbing gyms than the city of Boulder and for the majority of it’s citizens the closest outdoor experience they’ll ever have is a trip to the outdoor strip mall.

Naturally, my passion for climbing and all things related THRIVED!  I’m just kidding – until I got in to college I spent all of my days running and doing practically nothing else.  When the climbing gym opened at my university all of my pent up desire to get involved in outdoor things was finally unleashed upon the world.  I began to spend every weekend making the 3 hour drive to one of the only climbing crags in Illinois (Jackson Falls) and learned to get comfortable with ropes, carabiners, giant whippers, and sleeping on the ground (what the heck!!?).

When I got a job working at our climbing gym at the university, I was so enthusiastic that I was awarded the “Employee of the Season” award, so don’t worry- you’re in good hands!  Soon, the trips to Jackson Falls weren’t enough to satisfy my love for rock and I began making trips to more distant crags, sleeping as little as possible on the weekends in order to make that 6 hour trip to “the Red” or that 10 hour trip to “the New” and get back on time for my environmental chemistry class at 8 am Monday morning (A-!!!).

Everyday I logged hours in the gym just waiting for the weekends when I got to get back on rock.  When I graduated I was supposed to start attending medical school in Saint Louis, but instead I broke my parents hearts, packed up my Toyota Corolla and headed for greener pastures and the wild west where I have been told there are far more people who are familiar with the term “belay”.  After a month long road trip to various climbing crags with my boyfriend, a route setter at ROCK’n & JAM’n, I settled in Colorado to start my awesome new outdoorsy and athletic life (Colorado don’t let me down!), because that’s how I roll.

Now I’m just looking forward to exposure to people who climb far harder than me and I am looking to learn as much as possible and get STUPID strong.  By the way, there weren’t many chick climbers in Illinois, so on that note, I am totally psyched to start leading “Ladies’ Night” to work with other women who are passionate about climbing.

Chrissy promises big things for Ladies’ Night from bouldering to routes to training.  Come and let her passion for climbing infect you while meeting other fantastic ladies to climb with as well.  Starting Tuesday August 31st at RJ1 from 7:00-8:30pm.

Summer Camp Recap

Each summer we run 3 different types of Summer Camps for kids.  The first 2 levels spend a week working on learning safe belaying techniques, knot tying, basic climbing footwork, and other climbing techniques.  You would be amazed at the mileage these kids put in over 5 days.  Our summer camps culminate with our indoor/outdoor camp.
The indoor outdoor camp spends the first 2 days indoors learning about the differences between indoor and outdoor climbing.  They talk about things like anchors, general trail and climbing etiquite, using a grigri, rock falls, and how to stay calm when you cannot figure out your sequence, etc.  For the remainder of the week, the kids spend 5 hours outside baking in the sun but having a great time at areas such as Table Mountain and Castlewood Canyon.  This year the kids bravely battled 90+ degree days with little complaint.  They climbed with determination in spite of the oppressing conditions.  Assuming they keep that “try hard” level up, we look forward to seeing some exciting things from these kids.
Now that our summer camps are over, we will be starting our Youth Programs back up at the end of the month.  Kids Can Belay Too (8-11 year olds) will kick off on Friday August 20th and our Youth School (12-18 year olds) festivities will commence the week after on Wednesday August 25th.  For more information, call 303-climb99.  Class sizes are limited, so call and reserve your space today.

Question: What’s a Moon Board when it’s at home?

Answer:  It’s a training wall.  We’ve put one up on the 3rd floor at RJ1.

Essentially, a Moon Board is a set of holds that you buy from Moon Climbing and arrange on a wall in a very specific pattern in order to create boulder problems that Ben Moon considers to be a standard for the grade.  They have several different arrangements that can be used with the same holds so you can change your Moon Board periodically and have fresh new boulder problems to work on.  Be warned, the problems are a bit sandbagged by our standards, but don’t let that discourage you.  A Moon Board gives you the opportunity to train and climb on the same exact problems that some of the world’s top climbers have trained on before you.

Here’s a link for more history on Ben Moon:

And one for further explanation on the board: