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Erinn Locke wins Women’s Open at Bloc on the Rock

WELL!  We’re pretty proud of this girl. Erinn won the Woman’s Open division of the Newfoundland Bloc on The Rock climbing competition at Wallnuts Climbing Centre in St John’s this week.

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2016 Bloc on The Rock video!

Our video from the 2016 Bloc on The Rock climbing competition at Wallnuts Climbing Centre in St John’s, Newfoundland. This bouldering event kicked of the climbing competition season and is the first of two major provincial competitions in the province.

Climbing with Erinn

Well, Fall is here and that means back in the gym for Erinn Locke to prepare for the 2016-17 competition climbing season. Along with teammates on the the Newfoundland junior climbing team, she will be competing in Newfoundland, Ontario and Quebec this year in hopes of qualifying for the Canadian national championships in the spring. It’s always a time of hope, goals, aspiration and anticipation for the season ahead. Check out her photo gallery!

Or follow her adventures on her FaceBook page, Erinn Locke Climbing or her Instagram feed. @erinn.locke

As with most amateur athletes the only thing holding them back is money. This is especially true for young athletes from Newfoundland where travel to train and compete in other parts of Canada can be prohibitively expensive.  If you are interesting in sponsoring some extremely talented young climbers who want to represent Newfoundland in the up and coming sport (which will be an Olympic sport in 2020!) please get in touch on the Team Webpage!

The Newfoundland Youth Climbing team is sanctioned and supported by the Newfoundland Section of the Alpine Club of Canada.

Never stop exploring

NorthFace-Erinn-Flatrock_GSL-6541-LOWRESClimber Erinn Locke at Flatrock, Newfoundland. © 2016 Greg Locke

 

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Greg Locke climbing to photograph ice climbers in St John’s, Newfoundland. Photo by Terry Day

If you spend a lot of time outdoors for work or play you know the never ending quest for the right gear to keep you warm and dry and still mobile. Hiking, working, shoveling  show, skiing, ice climbing or just out walking the dog, its no fun if you are cold. There are lots of great  equipment makers out there and we have and still us many of them but I was particularly interested when I found out from  The Outfitters in St John’s, Newfoundland that The North Face was redesigning their Summit Series for 2016. This was always the North Face’s professional grade expedition line of outdoor clothing so what could they do that was new?

As soon as Erinn and I got our hands on the L4 jacket we took them out for a sunrise climb at the seaside climbing crag at Flatrock, Newfoundland on a chilly snowy morning.
Lightweight, insulated with Thermoball and flexible it was great for climbing and while on belay. Thermoball is the new synthetic alternative to down made with Primaloft material. It insulates even when wet.

As a professional photographer who seems to spend a lot of time outdoors be it on construction sites, oil rigs, chasing rock and ice climbers or just standing around …waiting! My choice of clothing can be just as important an equipment decision as my cameras. You have to stay comfortable or you just can’t work.

Layering is the key to staying warm for extending periods being active outdoors. The North Face has cut its Summit Series line down to the best layering system around with L1 as the base layer all the way up the the L5 mountaineering outer shell with various mid layers as L2, L3 and L4.

The L4 we tested is easily a stand-a-lone jacket of most activities but still light enough toss a rain shell or full guide or mountaineering shell over top.

Greg-NorthFace-FlatrOCK-6717Hauling up rope at Flatrock, Newfoundland on a morning climb testing some new gear. Photo by Erinn Locke.