Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tour Underway Tomorrow

I'm excited to start my slideshow tour tomorrow. I have 8 shows booked and it should be a great time. The venues are a mix of college campuses and climbing gyms. Unfortunately, some colleges restrict the audience to just students.

Here are the shows that are definitely open everyone. You should come if you are in the vicinity. The show is going to be awesome and there will be a chance to win lots of great gear from my sponsors as well (see list below)

Friday 9/30 Metrorock (Everett) -- 7pm
Saturday 10/1 University of Maine, Orono -- 8pm, 101 Neville Hall
Monday 10/3 Carabiners Climbing Gym, Fairfield, CT -- 8pm

I'm giving also giving shows at Middlebury College, Williams College, Phillips Academy Andover, Colby College, and Virginia Tech.

Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, and Metolius hooked me big time with some awesome giveaways. Here's a rough compilation of what you all will have the chance to win! These guys are awesome for supporting the climbing community --- support them with your business when you get the chance.

Mountain Hardwear packs, pairs of La Sportiva climbing shoes, Hardwear Ts, Sportiva trucker caps, Hardwear beanies, Metolius chalk bags, Metolius M16 bouldering brushes, tons of Metolius chalk, Hueco Tanks guidebooks, and Yosemite Bouldering Guidebooks

Friday, September 2, 2011

New England Slideshow Tour

I'm putting together a slideshow tour through New England for the end of September and beginning of October. I already have a few venues lined up but I have some open slots in the schedule too. I'm focusing on doing shows at colleges but am open to any location. If you're interested in hosting a show or know someone who might be, shoot me an email at the address on the poster below. For places with climbing facilities, I'm also offering to do a bouldering clinic. I'm psyched to head back to New England for a bit and cruise through my original stomping grounds. Hopefully I can motivate a few climbers along the way.

Bouldering Above Gear: A Synthesis of Distant Disciplines
by Matt Wilder

Through this multimedia show I'll try to figure out why I tend to find myself far above gear with hard moves between me and safety --- a question I ask myself often. I'll begin by tracking my history as a climber following my split identity as a boulderer and a trad climber with some classic photos from my early days. The bulk of the show will highlight classic climbs and boulder problems I've established, repeated, or failed on in the past. The show will culminate with a personal narrative of my experience establishing two new 5.14R trad routes in the Front Range, Viceroy and Cheating Reality, accompanied by video footage and photo sequences. I'll also explore my quest for the ultimate trad route that combines runout 5.13 climbing with a fairly well protected V13 or harder boulder problem.