December 10, 2013

Osteogenesis Imperfecta Climb-A-Thon

December 11th from 7pm-9pm
Philadelphia Rock Gym, Valley
255 South Mount Airy Road 
Valley Township, PA 19320

Hollie Helbein and Rebecca Grier are students at Downingtown High School who are organizing a Climb-A-Thon, to raise money for the OI Foundation. For this event they are asking for participating climbers with or without experience to find sponsors, and raise money for their climbs. The money raised will then go to the foundation. In addition to that there will be a raffle and bake sale during the event. All other donations are welcome.

They chose to donate the money to the OI foundation because Hollie was diagnosed with OI when she was 10 years old. OI, or Osteogenesis Imperfecta, is a brittle bone disease which results in an abundance of fractures and breaks.


"When I was diagnosed, I was already very involved in rock climbing. I had all my own gear and was going to the climbing gym three days a week. When the doctors told me I had OI, they wanted me to stop climbing because they were afraid I'd injure myself while climbing.

Over the past 7 years, I've had about (if not more than) 20 fractures, a few of which came from climbing. However, I never let my injuries stop me. If I had a broken arm; I would only use my feet and my good arm to climb. If I had a broken foot; I'd use my arms and my good foot to climb. And on the rare occasion that I had both a hurt hand and foot; I would climb with my good arm and good foot (as shown in the profile picture). So that is where the three limbed climbing comes in, if you chose to climb without a limb, of your choice, the completed climb will count as doing two climbs instead of one. This is not required but will show you some of the struggles that I have climbed through. 
Everyone at the climbing gym has always supported me, and so I wanted to base my graduation project off of the two biggest impacts in my life; rock climbing and OI. So what better way to bring them together than to hold a Climb-A-Thon raising money for OI?"
- Hollie Helbein 
Waiver (which is a MUST HAVE to climb and has to be completely filled out)

Sponsors Sheet

After you have the sponsor sheet, ask people or companies to sponsor you. The sponsors can either give you a flat fee or a certain amount per climb. If they give you money per climb, then you will collect the money after the climbing day. As stated above, if a you choose to climb with 3 limbs, the climb will count as two. If they pay a flat fee, you can decide when to pick up the money.

Minimum sponsorship to participate is $10.00. If you raise $10.00 you do not need to pay for gear or anything else.

You MUST RSVP a week in advance. Either on Facebook, email us at oi.climb.a.thon@gmail.com or Register online here

December 9, 2013

ABS 15 Divisional Invitations for Capital Region

courtesy Vikki Solviter Photography
Here are the place results from Capital Region championships and automatic invitations to ABS Division 5 Championships to be held at Gravity Vault in Upper Saddle River on January 11 and 12 2014. Congratulations to everyone that competed.

Click here to accept your first round invitation to Divisionals by registering for the competition. The registration fee is $107.50. Competitors have until Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:59pm MT to accept their invitation  If you have trouble registering, or do not receive a confirmation e-mail within 30 minutes of completing your registration, contact the USA Climbing office by phone: (303)499-0715 or e-mail:info@usaclimbing.org prior to the registration deadline.

The ABS Youth Divisional Championships are by invitation only. USA Climbing will not accept late registrations. Second round invitations may be posted by the end of the week.

FEMALE JUNIOR
1
Zoe Steinberg
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
2
Tegan Wilson
SportRock
Inv.
3
Kerry Scott
*None/Not listed
Inv.
4
Brooke Weil
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
5
Catharine Rogers
SportRock
Inv.
6
Rachel Backert
Earth Treks
Inv.
7
Asialuna Patlis
Earth Treks
Inv.
FEMALE YOUTH A
1
Kayla Lieuw
Earth Treks
Inv.
2
Claire Bresnan
Earth Treks
Inv.
3
Gabrielle Peralta
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
4
Leilani Peralta
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
5
Kira Ratcliffe
*None/Not listed
Inv.
6
Kim Willard-Mack
Doylestown Rock Gym
Inv.
7
Megan Lynch
Earth Treks
Inv.
8
Emma Wilson
SportRock
Inv.
9
Jennifer Fiedler
SportRock
10
Isabel Gourley
Philadelphia Rock Gym
11
Madison Wester
Philadelphia Rock Gym
12
Lauren Weinberger
Earth Treks
13
Liana Jackley
SportRock
14
Rachel Bisson
Earth Treks
15
Carolina Conklin
Team Vertical
FEMALE YOUTH B
1
Ingrid Hazbon
Earth Treks
Inv.
2
Lydia Frentsos
Earth Treks
Inv.
3
Alana Hull
SportRock
Inv.
4
Elise Shattuck
Earth Treks
Inv.
5
Maddie Caccese
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
6
Sabrina Mcknight
Sport Climbing Center
Inv.
7
Sophie Armiger
Earth Treks
Inv.
8
Charlotte Baird
Earth Treks
FEMALE YOUTH C
1
Arabella Jariel
Earth Treks
Inv.
2
Grace Barth
*None/Not listed
Inv.
3
Olivia Harmanos
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
4
Anupama Mcculloch
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
5
Bonnie Magland
Doylestown Rock Gym
Inv.
6
Fiona Hansen
Earth Treks
Inv.
7
Sydney Sloat
Vertical Rock
Inv.
8
Cara Fields
Philadelphia Rock Gym
9
Erin Harrison
SportRock
10
Ashton Craycraft
Climbnasium
FEMALE YOUTH D
1
Jillian Vordick
Earth Treks
Inv.
2
Arwen Haegele
Doylestown Rock Gym
Inv.
3
Amelia Cannon
Earth Treks
Inv.
4
Brodie Mccarthy
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
5
Lucy Clayton
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
6
Madison Sings
Doylestown Rock Gym
Inv.
7
Ella Stuccio
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
8
Kathryn Hardaway
Earth Treks
Inv.
9
Zelie Chowaiki
Doylestown Rock Gym
10
Beryl Braden
SportRock
11
Sydney Mcmillin
Philadelphia Rock Gym
MALE JUNIOR
1
Gabe Mckenzie
Earth Treks
Inv.
2
Evan Smail
Earth Treks
Inv.
3
Dylan Rankin
Earth Treks
Inv.
4
Connor Mccarthy
Earth Treks
Inv.
5
Ben Dooley
*None/Not listed
Inv.
6
Chris Watts
Earth Treks
Inv.
7
Nicholas Cotten
Earth Treks
Inv.
8
Gabriel Fish
Philadelphia Rock Gym
9
Jeremy Eskin
Earth Treks
10
William Dressnandt
Doylestown Rock Gym
11
Billy Bothwell
Doylestown Rock Gym
MALE YOUTH A
1
Jesse Grupper
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
2
Jacob Woods
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
3
Solomon Barth
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
4
Brandon Lieuw
Earth Treks
Inv.
5
James Pesce
SportRock
Inv.
6
Randy Fawcett
SportRock
Inv.
7
John Isola
Earth Treks
Inv.
8
Mark Podrabinnik
Earth Treks
9
Conor Gourley
Philadelphia Rock Gym
10
Matthew Bisson
Earth Treks
11
Addison Guynn
SportRock
12
Nate Rowthorn-Apel
Earth Treks
13
Ian Florang
Earth Treks
14
Michael Dews
Vertical Rock
15
Christopher Byrom
Vertical Rock
16
George Park Iv
Philadelphia Rock Gym
17
Heath Lawrence
Philadelphia Rock Gym
18
Samuel Berrigan
Earth Treks
19
Michael Harris
Vertical Rock
20
Ryan Tracy
Vertical Rock
MALE YOUTH B
1
Alex Pearlstein
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
2
Eric Jerome
Earth Treks
Inv.
3
Drew Heidelbaugh
Climbnasium
Inv.
4
Bryce Dubayah
Earth Treks
Inv.
5
Noah Bratschi
Earth Treks
Inv.
6
Ben Maurer
Earth Treks
Inv.
7
Caleb Dole
SportRock
Inv.
8
Quentin Sabathier
Earth Treks
9
Tyler Schwenk
Philadelphia Rock Gym
10
Ben Witham
Earth Treks
11
Jacob Allwein
Philadelphia Rock Gym
12
Jonathan Zeigler
Earth Treks
13
Kevin Celommi
Philadelphia Rock Gym
14
Alec Laboski
Doylestown Rock Gym
15
Casey Kaercher
Philadelphia Rock Gym
16
Ryan Byrd
Philadelphia Rock Gym
17
Matthew Van Meter
Philadelphia Rock Gym
18
Robert Byrom
Vertical Rock
19
Eli Zajicek
Earth Treks
20
Leo Kates
Philadelphia Rock Gym
21
John Cohee
Doylestown Rock Gym
22
Louis Popkin
*None/Not listed
23
Elijah Franks
Philadelphia Rock Gym
24
Teddy Lamonaca
Philadelphia Rock Gym
MALE YOUTH C
1
Griffin Barros-King
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
2
Noah Wheeler
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
3
Eli Kaufman
SportRock
Inv.
4
Soren Carlson
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
5
Max Cohen
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
6
Matthew Lingle
Earth Treks
Inv.
7
Nicholas Miller
Vertical Rock
Inv.
8
Jensen Gaither
Earth Treks
9
Holden Cannon
Earth Treks
10
Ryan Bertolino
Philadelphia Rock Gym
MALE YOUTH D
1
Creed Mcfall
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
2
Benn Wheeler
Philadelphia Rock Gym
Inv.
3
William Peralta
Doylestown Rock Gym
Inv.
4
Andrew Witham
Earth Treks
Inv.
5
Sean Lingle
Earth Treks
Inv.
6
David Kunz
Doylestown Rock Gym
Inv.
7
Patrick Haggerty
Doylestown Rock Gym
Inv.
8
Matthew Baker
Earth Treks

USAC Climber's Briefing

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