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Spring Crush Top Rope Climbing Competition at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge 3/1718

The luck of the Irish was in the air at BKB QB on St. Patricks Day during our Spring Crush Top Rope climbing competition. Lots of smiles, sends and friends! Check out the full list of competitor rankings below. How did you do?! Check out the full photo album on our and don’t forget to tag yourself and your friends.

Brooke Weil
Taylor Nystrom
Frankie Caiazzo
Kade Diakite
Kelsey Wittels
Kylie Sale
Molly Walters
Angela Chang
Ashley Chen
Lucienda Chung
Karen Grace
Steph Lee
Maria Schwarz
Lois Tsui
Jacki Santiago
Morgan Li
Marissa Dubin
Zhenya Gu
Grace Limantara
Sara Rubin
Sonya Nygard
Amy Lai
Mary Weatherburn
Mckenna Shaw
Lana Lai
Giovanna Qu
Wenyang Shi
Carina Finn
Dayna Harris
Kayleigh Sacco
Samantha Wong
Allison Murphy
Tiffani Teng
Sonya Kapoor
Emily Gray
Lindsay Saldivar
Kayla Bressi
Elyssa Liu
Whitney Eden
Jane Rosales
Molly MacLeod
Caitlin Michelle
Denny Kouska
Meaghan Pereiras
Emily Seelenfruend
Samantha Szeto
Rachel Fagiano

AJ Peak
Matt Shapiro
John Soo Hoo
Alex Martsynkevich
Brian Slepian
Mark Bungeroth
Erik Knall
Ben Zang
Dillen Roggensinger
Eugene Wu
Joseph Agudelo
Jesse Rice
Chris Barr
Ho Yin Cheng
Candida Santana
Sean Paddock
LB Edwards
John Ho
Matt Wong
Phillip Kaminski
Ben Asriel
Andrew Lohmann
Justin Volz
Martin Kim
Romeo Van Bree
J. Hui
Nick Stanley
Geo Seery


Nicola Masciandaro
Stephen Sollins
Jacob Kopas
Hiroki Sakamoto
Hugh Eakin
Terrence McGovern
Adam Payne

Meet Queensbridge’s BKBeasts!

Ever wonder what goes on in the minds of our kid crushers? We asked the members of the BKB Queensbridge team about their introduction to climbing, their tips for beginners, and  their methods for beating nerves before competitions.
Want to see our kids’ training in action? Come check them out during our USA Climbing Youth Local competition at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge on March 17. You can also compete yourself during the adult that evening.

Livy Malko, 12 years old.


When did you first start climbing?

I started climbing when I was eight or nine.

What got you interested in rock climbing?

I went to a [rock climbing] birthday party and after I took some classes. I joined a team, and then I did competitions.

What is it about rock climbing that you like or enjoy?

I like that it’s not just one thing that you’re doing over and over again like kicking a ball. There are different moves every time and it’s really fun.

How often do you train as a competitive climber?

Three times a week, sometimes more, occasionally less.

What motivates you to train or climb hard?

My competitors and my mentors.

Who would you say is your biggest role model?

Margo Hayes.

Do you ever get nervous during competitions? What are some strategies you have to make yourself less nervous?

I get really nervous. I usually take a few deep breaths and try to calm myself down and I try not think about it too much.

If you could give any tip for a new climber, what would it be?

You’re supposed to fall.


Will Moss, 13 years old.


How long have you been climbing?

 I’ve been climbing for about three years.

What got you interested in rock climbing?

I’m not sure. I just went to a climbing gym one day and I really liked it.

What do you think is the hardest thing about climbing?

 I guess when there’s a hard climb and you really want to get it. You just keep falling, and you’re so close.

 What’s the best thing about being on a climbing team like the one here at BKB?

There are a lot of good coaches and other people you can project climbs with.

What motivates you to try really hard?

I just like climbing a lot and I have fun so I try hard. Because I want to send it.

What is your favorite style of climbing?

Upside down. Like in the Cave.

Do you have any tips for beginner climbers?

Think about the long run and don’t climb too much. I hurt my shoulder climbing too much. Don’t climb so much that you’ll injure yourself.

Do you have a climbing role model?

Yeah, Chris Sharma. He started climbing when he was 12 years old. Then he went into sport climbing, and now he’s a gym owner, which I want to do. Basically, I want to do everything he did.

Matthew Fisher, 14 years old.


At what age did you start climbing?

When I was about 12.

What got you interested in climbing?

My brother, Will, did a summer camp at BKB Gowanus. Then I went along with him once a week. Then someone asked me to join the team. I got really psyched on climbing.

What is your favorite thing about climbing?

It’s never the same. You can always be working on different things; there’s different types of walls and different types of holds, and so many different styles.

If you had to pick a favorite type of climbing what would it be?

I like powerful stuff with big moves because it kind of feels like I’m flying. I like to jump to things. It feels really good when you jump and you don’t think you’re going to catch something but then you do. It makes me feel really strong.

What’s your favorite part about being on the team?

All the people that try to help me and support me. When I’m not motivated they try to get me psyched.

What motivates you to try really hard?

Just like thinking about climbing and watching other people succeed makes me want to be better and try harder.

What are your strategies to fight nerves during competitions?

I just try to breathe deeply and imagine myself finishing the climb. I always end up putting a lot of chalk on.

Do you have any tips for new climbers?

Just … have fun, I guess!

Jordan Wesolek + BKB Artist Collaboration

Jordan Wesolek, one of our Team Members at BKB Chicago, has been pursing a life of art, design, and travel. You may be familiar with his prominent piece in the retail space at BKB Chicago or his custom-made posters and postcards. We sat down with Jordan to learn a little more about the thinking behind his work and what he’s been up to. Our latest artist collaboration product — this army green tweed wool 5-panel hat —  is now available at all BKB locations. Make sure to snag one before they’re all gone. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for good!

How did you get into art and design?

It’s in my blood, my mother is an artist (check out  for some dope hand drawn greeting cards). I grew up drawing and creating. You know, hand turkeys, macaroni designs, popsicle stick fortresses. However, drawing took the forefront. Space and dinosaurs were, and still are, my thing but I don’t draw those as much as I used too. Now it’s about bringing a dreamy sunset or mountscape to people. I try to create a feeling of solitude that brings introspection. Everyone can always do more work on themselves.

How and why did you choose this style of art? 

I chose stippling because of the process and patience it can take. It’s crazy boring sometimes and I get really distracted, making thousands of dots isn’t always the most fun thing to do. It is really rewarding when the piece comes together though.

What drives you to design and create art?

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel the world for extended periods of time and through those adventures I snag some inspiration. The Patagonian Andes of Chile and Argentina as well as the volcanoes and waterfalls of Iceland have been the source of drive lately. Recently, I got back from a month long stay in Reykjavik where the focus was gigging and drawing; I am still drawing from that high.

It looks like your personal art collided with your professional life at BKB. What was that like?

It’s been rad! So many opportunities as an artist have presented themselves by me simply asking to do stuff. Painting murals in the lobby and collaborating with coworkers to provide some music for yoga classes have been the overlap, it’s so fun!

What’s your long term goal as an artist?

Connecting with people and have it take me to new places would be pretty cool. I really would like to support myself as an artist, working remotely as some sort of designer would be the dream. Being nomadic, you know. I’d love to chill in Bavaria for a bit, then head back down in Patagonia with porters, maybe kick it with some sherpas in Nepal all the while drawing mountains and campsites while learning to tattoo people for a living.

Do you have any advice for emerging artist?

Just ask people to do the things you want to do, and do it face to face if possible. Be relentless in the pursuit of your goals, no one is going to give you want. Help others when you can and collaborate when opportunities come about.

You’re a climber and an artist. Do you see any parallels? And if so, what are they?

Patience, for sure. Improving takes time and practice. Growing pains as and artist and climber are best buds, trying new techniques and refining the ones you have is a constant throughout both lifestyles.

Who inspires you?

I could drone on and on in response to this question, but I’ll try to keep it short. Anyone who is doing what they want to do. The people that aren’t afraid to go against what is the expected, they do what they believe in (not talking about violence or harm to another, just an FYI). I am speaking in terms of those who quit the job they hate, travel the world until they run out of money, chose a path of uncertainty because it’s exciting, or work the 9-5 they love. I dig the carefree people that do what they want without letting lack of security change their mind. That’s inspiring, people living exactly how they want too.

How can people learn more about you?

You can find me on Instagram at . I am currently working on a website – , you can find my email there.

Any shoutouts?

Thank you to Sarah and Kris for hooking me up with some retail opportunities. Podz, for having my back on all my projects and travels. Claire and David, for making Flow to the Beat a thing. Abo and Luo, for being dope musicians and helping create the atmosphere for Flow To The Beat. My boy, Erik, for hardstyling with me in hot dog costumes every chance we get. Bee Paper Company (check them out!) for providing me with free sketchbooks. And everyone who has been supportive of the things I’ve done, whether it’s prints you’ve purchased, yoga classes attended, or high fives for reasons I don’t know – thank you!!!

Interested in doing an artist collaboration with BKB? Email us at [email protected]!

Caleb Freese + BKB Artist Collaboration

Caleb Freese, BKB’s Climbing Education Manager and one of BKB’s very first team members, doubles as a designer, artist, illustrator, and muralist. You may be familiar with his murals and artwork from the entryways of BKB’s in every city. His work sits behind the front desk in Gowanus, along the entry hallway in Somerville, in the retail area in Chicago, and lining the front windows of Queensbridge. This winter, we partnered up with Caleb on a new medium, wearable art and apparel. Learn more about the project as we ask Caleb more about it here and make sure to swing by any of our locations to check out the sports bra and leggings before they’re gone for good (it’s a limited run!).

What’s the motivation or inspiration behind the use of urban environments and natural textures in your latest work?

In this series it’s pretty much all natural textures, flowers and plants drawn from my adventures biking, backpacking and climbing outdoors.  I believe the mix between urban environment and the natural elements (flowers and cities) happens when people wear them around the city. So the wearer provides the contrast.

How do you translate your artwork to apparel and/or wearable art?

I do pattern work in my existing art and most of my work is able to be silk screened, so it can live on whatever medium.

Will we be seeing you work in more mediums in the future?

Hopefully, doing a project with laser etching currently, would love to do more of that.  Also designed a series of beer cans for a local brooklyn brewery, so yes.

I also do lots of dog drawings: .

Where can people learn more about you and your art?

My instagram: or website

Anything else you’d like to call out?

I think art should be fun, approachable and playful.  Love this project because it does all of that with a burst of color.

Interested in doing an artist collaboration with BKB? Email us at [email protected]!

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