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ADAPT-ABILITY

Kareemah Batts, a BKB climber, cancer survivor, amputee, and founder of Adaptive Climbing Group (ACG), chats with Kevin Jorgeson and others about her story.

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Camp BKB(x)

Brooklyn Boulders and American Alpine Club are teaming up to bring you Camp BKB(x), a nationwide event that blends indoor climbing with the great outdoors.

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.

Female
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

Male
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
Keldwin
James
Freirich
Geo Seery

 

Masters
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!

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