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Iron Maiden Results


Angie and Lizzy race, seemingly in sync, to the top of Finals problems 3 and 4

Saturday, Crux Crush partnered with MetroRock to hold the first Iron Maiden, all-female bouldering competition. Young guns, citizens, and pros battled it out together (in the most polite of ways, of course) during the afternoon’s Redpoint round, all vying to become THE IRON MAIDEN. Surprising or not, as a female run comp, actual Iron Maiden music did not make the playlist…nor did we employ the Iron Maiden torture chamber. Instead, we reclaimed Iron Maiden as a title of women’s invincible determination and strength, expertly displayed by the competition’s nearly 100 female competitors.

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Rock Out at Iron Maiden – March 29th


Ladies, get ready to rock because Iron Maiden, MetroRock and Crux Crush’s first all-female bouldering competition, is just around the corner! Saturday, March 29th, ladies from across New England and as far away as Colorado and Texas, will descend upon MetroRock’s stage to try their hand at some of the best boulder problems in the land, set by members of the American Bouldering Series Nationals setting team as well as local lady setters. The goal of our event is not only to put all those months of winter training to the test, but to bring together the female climbing community for one rad event. No shirtless grunting dudes, or beta that dynos past your masterful crimp strength and delicate, balanced body positioning – just a bunch of psyched, supportive, and STRONG femme fatales – all vying to become THE IRON MAIDEN!

Faith, Rachel, and Toba practicing for Iron Maiden during a comp prep session at MetroRock

Faith, Rachel, and Tova practicing for Iron Maiden during a comp prep session at MetroRock

What do we mean by supportive? Think free mini post-climbing massages by a licensed massage therapist, physical therapist consults, and post-comp climbing specific yoga/stretches (and free Lululemon yoga mat give-away!). Add onto that chocolate, climber snacks, and more chocolate – because Taza Chocolate, Q’s Nuts, and Perfect Fuel Chocolate will all be there as part of our Vendor Maiden’s Fair, from 4-6pm, bringing together some of our favorite climbing, clothing, and snack vendors (a.k.a. functional, cute & yummy swag!).

To finish it all up – you get to see the strongest of the fair maidens battle it out during Finals, while you chillax with soda, beer and pizza! Expect to see some sweet prizes, thanks to our incredible event sponsors: Evolv, Mad Rock, La Sportiva, Mammut, New England ReSoul, Practical Climbing, Core Power, and ClimbOn.

Register online or the day of the comp. Dudes, parents, friends, and non-climber cheerleaders are all welcome! Hope to see you there!

If you’d like to support your fellow ladies by volunteering at the comp, or if you’re a local vendor that supports climbers and would like to join our Vendor Maiden Fair email us @

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Barbara Zangerl Sends Three 8c’s in Oliana


Barbara sending Fish Eye. Photo by Jacopo Larcher.

Austrian climber and previous girl crush Barbara Zangerl has had quite a trip to Oliana, sending Mind Control, T1 Full Equip, and Fish Eye. All three climbs go at 8c (5.14b), but Mind Control is considered 8c+ by some. She even managed to send T1 Full Equip on her second try! Barbara has had quite a history with climbing, starting out as a fiercely strong competition boulderer, overcoming serious injury, and eventually shifting her focus to route, trad, and big wall climbing. Check out more of her story in our Girl Crush post from August 2013. We continue to be incredibly impressed by Barbara. Can’t wait to see what she does next!

Climb on!

Info and photo credit: Barbara’s Facebook,

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ABS Nationals Results

Alex Puccio and Daniel Woods vying to hold onto their 2013 Nationals' titles. (Photo credit: Climbing Magazine Instagram)

Alex Puccio and Daniel Woods trying to hold onto their 2013 titles at this year’s ABS Nationals. (Photo credit: Climbing Magazine Instagram)

Setting challenging finals problems for the likes of Alex Puccio, Alex Johnson, Jule Wurm, Angie Payne, Megan Mascarenas, Margo Hayes, and Grace McKeehan would be an exceptionally difficult task. Yet, the setters for the American Bouldering Series (ABS) Nationals rose to the occasion, delivering challenging yet interesting problems for the seven strong finalists. After Friday Qualifiers and Saturday morning Semi-Finals, these seven ladies powered through, ready to put their bouldering prowess to the test. Competitions are often so obviously tilted toward one competitor, however, it truly came down to the very last problem to see who would emerge as the winner. Angie Payne and Megan Mascarenas had strong starts, whereas Alex Puccio started off shaky. Sixteen year olds Margo Hayes and Grace Mckeehan also each had moments when it seemed the tables could turn in favor of any competitor.

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Happy Hump Day!

For those of you who did not get a 4 day work week with President’s Day off on Monday, here’s a little Wednesday hump day treat of Alexsandra Taistra’s 2013 send of Mind Control (5.14b/8c). Oliana’s Mind Control has seen a number of female ascents since Daila Ojeda completed the FFA back in 2012.

Climb on! ~Cate

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2014 Hueco Rock Rodeo Recap

Mina Leslie-Wujastyk looks on as Jule Wurm crushes at the Hueco Rock Rodeo. Photo credit: Juke's facebook.

Mina Leslie-Wujastyk looks on as Jule Wurm ticks off another boulder at Hueco’s Rock Rodeo. Photo credit: Courtney Sanders

Over the last few days, climbers from across the US and world have been throwing down and lasso-ing up some boulders at the 21st annual Hueco Rock Rodeo, the longest running outdoor climbing comp. Hueco Tanks in itself is a unique area, recently purchased by the American Alpine Club, and requires a guide to climb; therefore competitors were escorted from one area to the next in small groups. Earlier this week, we reported on a number of strong European ladies who had ticked off a number of V11s and V12s at Hueco, warming up for the outdoor bouldering competition. They were joined over the weekend by a slew of tough women and men, including youth, all in town for some strong bouldering, in addition to a weekend festival celebrating climbing and benefitting Hueco State Park. In the end, the Euros’ week of Hueco sending pre-comp, paid off. In first was German Juliane Wurm, followed by British Mina Leslie-Wujastyk in 2nd, and American Nina Williams, in third place. For the men Daniel Woods finished in first, followed by Jimmy Webb, and Sean McColl in third.  AND one of our favorite little crushers, Victoria Gezel, age 9, won first place in the Youth Advanced category.

You can check out the 2013 Highlights video to get a sense of this unique comp; we’ll be sure to post the 2014 Highlights video on our Facebook page once it’s released.

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Euros Bring the Heat to Hueco

Mina sending Rumble in the Jungle (V11/12) at Hueco

Mina sending Rumble in the Jungle (V11/12) at Hueco. Photo credit: Mina’s facebook.

Regardless of whether climbing is part of the Olympics, the Europeans have jumped the pond to throw down the gauntlet at Hueco Tanks and elsewhere across the US. Katharina Saurwein, Mina Leslie-Wujastyk, and Jule Wurm have shown Olympic caliber strength, sending several boulder problems at Hueco Tanks. Here’s a run-down of their sends this last week as a little motivation to keep you going with your winter training until your local crag thaws.

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Dark Horse Finals: Preview with Kasia Pietras

darkhorse on blackThis Saturday, February 1st the best of the best will come to MetroRock in Everett, MA to battle it out for the title of Dark Horse Champion. Now in its 5th season, the Dark Horse Series has crowned some seriously strong climbers as its previous winners, including Isabelle Faus, Francesca Metcalf, and Daniel Woods. This year’s series features arguably the strongest group of climbers that Dark Horse has ever seen, and we are psyched to cheer them on in our own backyard.

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A Handful of V11s and V10s in Hueco Tanks for Mina Leslie-Wujastyk


Mina’s first day of psych in Hueco Tanks on January 15th

British climber and Crux Crush favorite, Mina Leslie-Wujastyk, has been tearing it up in Hueco Tanks, TX over the past few weeks. Prior to going to Hueco Mina said on her blog, “This year I was determined to go there; I have never been and it looked like the ultimate playground.” Well, she went, she played, and she came home with two new V11s (8A) under her belt, Le Chninkel and Chbalanke. She also threw in a few V10s (7C+) as well, sending The Butterpumper, Loaded with Power, and Power of Silence. Mina is being featured in an upcoming film by another of our favorites, Jen Randall. Here’s a little sneak peek of the film:

Congrats on the sends Mina!

Climb on!

Photo and Info credit: David Mason via Mina’s Facebook page,, Mina’s blog.

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Get Ready for The Iron Maiden!


On March 29th at MetroRock Climbing Gym hundreds of ladies (and girls!) will descend upon the gym for a bouldering competition so fierce, it could only be called Iron Maiden. For the brave of heart, and strong of forearm, this competition will showcase the strongest female climbers out there, from young guns to today’s most well-recognized pros. We are excited to announce that we are partnering with MetroRock to bring you this inaugural bouldering competition for women, and we will continue to bring you the details of the event as we know them.  Here’s what we can confirm so far:

- This competition is open to both citizens and pros

- There will be both pro AND youth finals

- There is a $3000 cash purse, and there will be tons of prizes

- It’s going to be a super fun time!

To find out more, follow the Facebook page. Website and registration information to follow soon!

-Climb On!

Missy, Mary and Cate

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