USA Climbing Awards 2014 SCS Open Championships to Chris Sharma’s Sender One

Official Press Release

Boulder, Colorado / Santa Ana, California – November 11, 2013

Just months after its grand opening, Sender One has been named host facility of the 2014 Sport Climbing Series (SCS) Open National Championships, the United States’ premier sport climbing competition. Sender One owner Chris Sharma, one of the world’s best climbers, will make his first appearance in the competition since 2009.

The competition-climbing world will converge on Santa Ana on April 4th and 5th as the country’s best professional climbers compete in sport and speed climbing, with the top finishers eligible to move on to the World Cup circuit and World Championships. The event will be internationally webcast by USA Climbing.

Sender One is the newest world-class climbing gym in the United States and opened to widespread acclaim in June 2013. Located in Orange County, California, Sender One’s 25,000 square foot facility features, among other things, dramatically designed climbing walls and surfaces up to 50 feet in height. Sender One will host a Vendor Village outside the gym that will feature displays by the top climbing and outdoor product companies as well as local, southern California-based partners.

Mary-Clare Brennan, USA Climbing CEO, states, “USA Climbing is extremely pleased to partner with Sender One to host the SCS Open National Championships at their facility in 2014. We expect 2014 to be a landmark year for this event and for the sport of climbing.”

“I’m really excited and proud that my gym, Sender One, will be hosting SCS Nationals,” shares Chris Sharma. “It’ll be great to have all of the country’s best climbers here sharing their love for the sport and putting on a great show for Southern California as well as the rest of the country. It will be a great time! I’m also excited to compete and see if I can give the young’uns a run for their money!”

USA Climbing and Sender One will release more information as the event approaches.

USA Climbing is the United States National Governing Body for the sport of competition climbing. The organization manages the disciplines of bouldering, lead and speed climbing as well as paraclimbing. USA Climbing conducts the American Bouldering Series, Sport Climbing Series and Collegiate Climbing Series each year, hosts IFSC World Cup events and sends athletes to participate in the IFSC’s World Cup circuit and the World Climbing and Paraclimbing Championships.

For More Information Contact:

USA Climbing
4909 Pearl East Circle, Suite 102
Boulder, CO 80301
O: 303.499.0715

Sender One Climbing is owned and designed by Chris Sharma, the world’s most iconic climber. Located in Santa Ana, CA, not far from Disneyland, Sender One attracts visitors from all over the world with many coming from as far as Europe, Australia, and Asia to experience what Sender One has to offer. Sender One’s 25,000 square foot space features beautiful walls up to 50 feet in height; the first Funtopia interactive climbing center in the United States; and full fitness and yoga facilities.

Sender One Climbing
1441 S. Village Way
Santa Ana, CA 92075
O: 714.881.3456

Rocky Mountain Bouldering with Ashima

Ashima Shiraishi traveled with her father to Colorado for two weeks in August of 2013 to test her strength and skills on the Rocky Mountain boulders. Having never climbed on the style of climbing that is seen in Colorado (she has only bouldered in New York, Hueco Tanks, Japan, and South Africa), she had to get used to the intense walks and the powerful granite climbing that makes up Rocky Mountain National Park and Mt. Evans. Ashima wasted no time getting adjusted and professional climber Paul Robinson brought her to Upper Chaos on her first day, where she completed a handful of climbs before working on Paul’s V14 project with him. The remainder of the trip was equally successful and her greatest obstacle proved to be time. During her short trip she was able to climb Unshackled 8A, make the second female ascent of European Human Being V12/8A+, as well as the second female and youngest ascent of The Automator V13/8B.

Ashima Shiraishi from Evolv Climbing on Vimeo.