Weight: 155 lbs.
bouldering on the Front Range?
Calvin: 13 with 5 years off in the middle. Why 5 years
off? I started mountain biking a lot more, after 2˝ years off I started
bouldering again, took a bad fall and broke my heel.
FRB: I've heard you're super sick on the Mountain Bike.
What kind of
mountain biking do you like to do and
what's the worst
crash you've taken while biking?
bike the way I climb, I love hard technical up hills. I always try to
ride clean no touches, my goal is not A to B as fast as I can but from
A to B and ride every thing. I also love high speed big hit down hills.
I currently have two bike a cross country that has six inches of travel
front and back and weighs 41 pounds and a down hill with 9 and 8 inches
of travel that weighs 49.5 pounds! I ride it up before riding it down.
The worst crash was on White ranch when they first put in the big erosion
control burms on Belcher hill. I was going big off the berms then went
to big! I started coming down front wheel first so I through my weight
back and lost the bars while still in the air. Landed with my chest
on the seat and my feel still clipped in, and still no bars or brakes.
The bike flew off the trail with me attached. Thank god for body armor!
FRB: So... what's that tattoo on your arm all about?
Calvin: Exploding bicycle cranks,
it represents the attitude you should do everything with go hard or
FRB: What's the craziest thing you've seen on and
off the rock
while bouldering over the last 13 years?
Calvin: When Jade was working
a problem at the Conifer cave, popped off and swung over your head and
landed in a pile of rocks from about 15 feet up.
FRB: Where is your favorite place to boulder on
the Front Range...
Calvin: Anyplace I haven't bouldered
before! I love FA s. The development of the conifer cave was good fun
and the trips to Rufus mountain I enjoyed a lot, especially the FA s
on the wall you found (Hicky wall or Wizard wall). If I had to pick
one it would be either Castle Wood or Horsetooth. Castle wood because
of the verity and potential, Horsetooth because of the quality of problems.
Castle Wood has every thing from the traditional Fount area to the horizontal
climbing in berthed cave, with lots still to do. Best parts of bouldering
is FA's, topouts and friends. Worst parts of bouldering chipping and
bashing! I hate when climbers bash some ones else's assent of a problem!
Especially if it's a FA or the second assent. In particular when Crag
Lubben bashed Dave Twinam's second and third ascent of Meathook at Horsetooth.
He said he used a local's beta and he didn't do it the same way Holloway
did it. If the local Steve Mammen had done it first with the beta he
wouldn't have bitched. Crag the problem stood unrepeated for 20+ years
why didn't you do it your local, it's only V10 and OBTW he did it twice
static no dino for the Meathook hold! Why not just say good send! Not
the same beta as Holloway but good send! We are all out to have fun
don't change the rating your V10 may be my V8 or my V12.
FRB: Shit. Who the hell is Dave Twinam? Is he some
little high school
tweaker from Boulder living the
summers in RMNP?
Calvin: Dave is a Denver climber
who was one of the strongest boulders I have ever seen. He was doing
V11 when the hardest problem in the country was V12, and he had a full
FRB: What is your best send... and what 5 problems would
as must do along the Front Range?
Calvin: I have done 3 or 4 V10s
but there not the best sends. I loved the top out on Maverick, Road
Suck it up (Still haven't finished).
Right Eliminator Aręte version, Moon Aręte
Halloways in Morrison, what an improbable looking line
Tilt 5 Pound Bass.
FRB: Any music you prefer to get you motivated to boulder?
Calvin: Rage against the machine
Punk, Metal and oh yeah, Rage!
FRB: What's your favorite bar along the Front Range?
Calvin: Any one close to the
climbing and has cold beer And if is a bar you can get in a fight all
the better. Morrison Inn close to most Front Range climbing and riding.
FRB: Best place to eat meat?
Calvin: Sushi Den. My house
after I kill something. Your barbecues.
FRB: Favorite indoor climbing gym ?
Rock Gym for the people. Spot Gym for the features.
FRB: Word Association?
Beer - Always good better after you earn it.
Boulder - Aspen Co. Berkeley Ca.
Front Range - Every thing I like to do
Climbers - Different sport can no longer relate.
Eldo - Germ Free!
John Gill - Power!
Power - Never have enough
Hueco - Best road trips
Drugs - Outside of Adrenalin, beer and coffee, Stupid!
Morrison - Power, good time in the winter.
Downhill - Adrenalin rush
Old age - work harder at having fun!
Chalk - Mental preparation.
Tick Marks - OK, has anyone ever bitched about Gill arrows?
Chipping - Politicians, They don't have a problem sell out our futures
Insanity - Some times synonymous with bouldering.
Fight - Always good fun.
FRB: Anything you would like to add?
Calvin: For boulders how chip
and mountain bikers that don't yield watch out for old guys some of
them might kick your ass! Thanks Mike, Jade, Chris, Will, Amy, Bob,
Rufus and Wayne for all the spots.
FRB: Thanks for the interview Calvin.