Project Tsunami – Day 2

June 18th, 2011 pulldown No comments

Day 2 back to Tsunami V9 at Chebucto Head, Nova Scotia. My goal this trip was modest; get to the knee-bar rest without falling. It didn’t quite go down as I had hoped but I did make some great progress.
This isn’t my first time projecting Tsunami but I can’t really remember how all the moves were done. I had thought about looking back at the video i shot for Eastern Tide. All the beta is there, I could watch it forward, backward, in slow motion and freeze healthcare administration programs the exact moments I need to see. But I wondered if I went into it with a preconceived notion of how it’s done would I be robbing myself of a fresh start?

Would I miss some potential new sequence that would save energy ensuring my success?

The best part of working a project with others is the free exchange of ideas and the different styles everyone bring to a climb.
The first day on revealed some excellent wholesale candles beta to make the drop down move significantly easier. The first crux was essentially removed. This session some crucial beta was discovered for the transition into the kneebar rest.

Project Tsunami – Day 2 from Todd Foster on Vimeo.

Project Tsunami Day 1

June 8th, 2011 pulldown 5 comments

The weather in Nova Scotia has been terrible this spring and the bugs just as bad so with inland rope climbing out of the picture I’ve started bouldering again and have my eyes on one of Nova Scotia’s most unique boulder Frozen problems. Tsunami! Originally sent by Sean Cassidy in 1999 it was graded V8. It was a real call to arms at the time and all the local hardmen were lining up to get on it. After a few hard fought repeats the grade was raised to V10. This was now THE problem to climb. After a bit more time and a few more sends the grade was debated and adjusted finally settling out at V9. At the time i had been filming others as they worked it and occasionally working it myself and after a bit of time i had all the moves dialed and was ready to add my name Friv to the shortlist. But shit happens and i walked away having never completed the hardest boulder problem i’ve ever attempted.

For some insane reason, i’ve decided this is a project i don’t want to leave undone. So this last week I’ve returned to Chebucto Head to re-project Tsunami.

Day one is all about getting familiar with the drop down crimp, the drop knee gaston, the knee bar rest and the fat chest height undercling sections.
The long journey begins…

Project Tsunami – Day 1 from Todd Foster on Vimeo.

Nova Scotia Featured in Climberism

November 17th, 2010 pulldown No comments

This past summer brought a lot of interesting people to Nova Scotia and Boulderfest especially. I was back filming Boulderfest again so I didn’t have much time to socialize, but the people i did manage to meet were all great people passionate about climbing. While there i met David, Editor and owner of Climberism magazine. Climberism is an online magazine focusing on the Northeast Happy Wheels. Although there is a lot to say about this new online magazine i will simply say it has great photos, and good stories from people and places you rarely hear about in other publication.

The most recent issue features an article about Atlantic storms and their devastating effect on Nova Scotia bouldering areas and a review of “Eastern Tide“.

Check it out, book mark it, follow it on twitter, Facebook, and coming soon brain stem implant. :)

- Todd -

Gibralter Rock Bouldering Guide

October 30th, 2010 Luke No comments

Well, here it is.  Gibralter Rock Bouldering guide.

It’s a start, but theres so much more bouldering to document in Musquodoboit, so hopefully, if we get positive feedback and people actually end up using this, we’ll keep adding more.
You can download this .pdf and either print it off, or simply download it to your phone or whatever.
Thanks to Mark Maas, Chris Eager, Todd Foster, and Dan Freeman for all your help.
Directions and a map are included in the file.     Enjoy!
Download the guide :     Gibralter Rock Bouldering Guide.             ( Scroll down and hit the big red DOWNLOAD button.)

It's actually pretty amazing how many walls -- as well as utility boxes and doors -- are filled with abstract art for kids  art downtown already. There's the towering beauty painted by Andre Hart on the side of the Studio Climbing Gym at South First and San Salvador Streets. Just across the street, Jose Arenas led a team that created a dreamlike scene on a parking lot wall, appropriately titled "A Place in Mind." There's a pastoral landscape nestled between the Camera 12 theaters and the federal building. And on San Fernando Street not too far from the Shark Tank is a teal-bathed wall by John Corbeaux that screams "Welcome to San Jose" in a loud hockey-arena voice.

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Boulderfest Promotional Video via Pulldown Productions

June 16th, 2010 scooter No comments

Still haven’t purchased your Boulderfest tickets yet? Better act soon! Tickets are over half sold and have only been on sale for 2 weeks!

Pulldown Productions – Boulderfest 2009 Video

Have a look at last years Promo video courtesy of Pulldown Productions! Pulldown will be at this years event to shoot you on the rock! Don’t miss out!

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CNS’ Boulderfest 2010

June 3rd, 2010 scooter No comments

Boulderfest 2010

It’s that time of year again folks! Time to get psyched up for Climb Nova Scotia’s Annual Boulderfest! That’s right -Climb Nova Scotia has been hard at work planning this years Boulderfest to be bigger and badder than ever!

Boulderfest will be held Saturday July 31st (~8:00am) and stretch to Sunday August 1st (~3:00pm). Rain date will be Aug 1st – 2nd (Monday Aug 2nd is a Holiday). Get your ticket NOW! Tickets have been going like crazy. Get yours at MEC, Trailshop, Rock Court, Ground Zero or online at

Hands down the best bouldering in NS, wicked coastline atmosphere, great people and awesome sponsors!!

Come Get Some!

What CNS will provide:

Schwag Bag for all those participating for the full event

Supper for Saturday PM – Menu to be confirmed

Breakfast for Sunday AM – Menu to be confirmed

Snacks, Door prizes, Fireworks, Slackline and more!

What you will Need:

Water (4L per day), proper clothing, tent, sleeping bag, extra food (lunch, snacks etc), proper footwear, headlamp, etc.

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Monday Night Session

May 19th, 2010 scooter No comments

Practicing safe spotting!

Last night a big crew of approx 30 people met at the Armdale Rotary in Halifax to kick off CNS’s Monday Night Bouldering. We headed off to Prospect Bay to keep the tradition alive and introduce outdoor climbing to some of those who are still in the early stages. The weather was warm and barely any bugs! I feel everyone had a great time and I am super stoked to see even more people out next Monday at Chebucto Head.

For those of you who are familiar with Prospect Bay you may be surprised to realize you are not that familiar afterall! The pile of boulders that once sat under Sang de Dragon are now dispersed! It has totally opened up!

A couple of boulders directly behind Debbie Does Dyno’s have opened up as well, creating a couple new problems that are decently hard!

Chris Richardson did a left variation of Sang de Dragon that runs up the series of tiny sharp crimpers on the left face (same sit start). Pretty Cool.

Ben Q enjoying left toe Jam

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Attack of the Pads

May 14th, 2010 scooter No comments

These Organic Pads are becoming a familiar site here in NS. Last night a small crew (Keith, Jess, NathanB and Scooter) headed to Chebucto Head for a little night session. Out of the five pads in attendance, four were Organic! The temperatures were near perfect with a cool breeze keeping the bugs out-of-sight. Some problems that saw ascents were the classic 8 inches (aka Slot Problem), Tough Sailors and Adrenaline Junkie.

After playing around for a while on the Twin Sisters area we headed to Fynnished just a bit further down the coast. By then we were climbing in the dark and making very little progress! That thing is Hard!!

Keep cool.

Nathan B working Tough Sailors

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Tour De Bloc HFX Men’s Finals

March 1st, 2010 pulldown No comments

Valentines Day in Halifax, NS has been traditionally marked with the Valentines Day Massacre climbing competition at Ground Zero Climbing Gym. This year things were a bit different. The Massacre was married with the local Tour De Bloc event, and what an event! The pool of strong climbers was larger this year with the return of Ben Blakney and Krissy Lunney to Halifax after an extended leave from the Nova Scotia scene. Locals Ben and Nate Smith and Chris Richardson have also improved dramatically over the past year and a contingent of climbers from New Brunswick upped the anti on this year comp. With the amazing features from Bolo Climbing Holds and the excellent route setting by the Ground Zero crew and Ghislain Losier, this year proved to be the best comp yet.

Coming out of the qualifying round the top Eight climbers in the Men’s Open division were:

  1. Eric Sethna
  2. Chris Richardson
  3. Ben Smith
  4. Ben Blakney
  5. Liam Paull
  6. Nathan Smith
  7. Sean McDonah
  8. Ian Whittaker

Going into the finals it looked like it could be anyone’s game. Ben smith went into the finals strong but was recovering from an illness (probably ate a bad squirrel) and didn’t have enough in the reserve tank to reclaim the WBF (World Bouldering Federation) belt this year and for a while it looked like younger brother Nathan would outshine him. Chris Richardson and Ben Blakney also had an excellent showings in the finals but Chris flashed the second problem bumping him into first place running.
The big surprise was outsider Eric Sethna. It’s rumored this young gun has been crushing at comps all through the east and Halifax was no exception. Eric was able to pull through a tiny crimper on  the third problem to get the finishing hold and was the only climber to get all four finals problems solidifying his first place win.

Men’s Final Results
1. Eric Sethna
2. Chris Richardson
3. Ben Blakney

Special thanks to Scott Richardson and Trevor Schellinck for assisiting the Pull Down Production team in producing the Tour De Bloc videos.

Tour De Bloc, Women’s Finals Halifax

February 23rd, 2010 pulldown No comments

Highlights from the women’s finals round at the Halifax Tour De Bloc held at Ground Zero Climbing Gym.