Meet Chris Cowell, LCC’s new Head Routesetter

Hey, Chris here!

I recently moved to Colorado when my wife accepted a job in the Longmont area. Coming from a background managing route setting programs, it was instinctual to throw my hat in the ring when I saw that Longmont Climbing Collective was hiring. Funny enough, after arriving in Longmont my wife ended up taking a job that allows her to work remote, but is headquartered in Minneapolis, where we came from. Too late now, ha!

Chris Cowell

I’ve been setting for over ten years and climbing for a similar amount of time. My climbing and setting career came together in almost the same month due to an extremely welcoming and educational group of employees at Climb Time Indy of Indianapolis. I was stumbling around looking for an extra part-time job that would carry some excitement when I found myself in a climbing gym. The gentleman behind the counter stared at me for a second (likely because I was wearing work boots, some wranglers, and a button-up that wouldn’t exactly place me in a gym), and then asked me if I had ever climbed before. I had not. We shared a few laughs and he kindly offered me the chance to climb for free and get a feel for the sport. I quickly learned the lesson of how challenging opening your car door can be after a thorough pump. Less than a week later I bought my first climbing membership, and a month later I was employed by the company.

Chris Cowell Climbing

Many literal ups and downs later I’m in Longmont, Colorado putting plastic on the walls for you. It’s very important to me that you all know that I work to give every single one of you the best experience possible at LCC. There is a lot of intent that goes into the overall diversity and distribution on the walls. In a short couple months, I have learned how incredible the community is here at LCC, and one amazing characteristic is that this community is full of so many different types, ages, and levels of climbers. You’ll notice there is a balanced composition on the wall at all times to serve everyone from the first-time little tikes to the veteran try-hards. Sometimes you might shake your head because you skipped half the kid-sized boulders, sometimes you’ll find yourself unraveling the cryptic beta on a comp simulator, and other times you might feel the flow of an outdoor trainer. From test pieces to instructional boulders, we’ll keep trying our best push your skill set. Let’s say one or maybeeee two of these make you want to scream… Well in that case, I’m always open to feedback.

If you see me in the gym and I’m not standing on the ladder or in another conversation, feel free to come say “what’s up” and share your thoughts! If you feel more comfortable with words behind the screen, shoot me an email at [email protected]. I’m open to all outlets because, again, I’m here to curate your experience as a part of this community. If you’re curious as to why we made that sequence, grade, spacing, or anything else, just ask! 

To conclude, I’ll leave you with why I’m most excited to be a part of LCC. It’s you. Yeah.. you. Nothing satisfies me more than knowing the setting team is providing a well-rounded experience that engages each and every one of you. Curse us or love us, as long as you walk away with a smile. I look forward to getting to know all of you!

Take care,

Chris

Strongmont Sends – Results and Highlights

Thank you for showing up, climbing hard, and having fun with us at Strongmont Sends! Our first bouldering comp of the year was a massive success and we're looking forward to many more. Below you'll find the final scores for all competitors, plus access to our full photo Strongmont Sends photo album!

V0-V3

  1. Hee Young Yi - 1800 (won by 3 attempts)
  2. Amy Chan - 1800
  3. Rachel Rockenfeller - 1800 (1 attempt)
  4. Michael New - 1800
  5. Brittany Spomer - 1800
  6. Jessica Hall - 1600
  7. Prachi Patel - 1600
  8. Kyle Williams - 1500
  9. Maitreya Rose - 1200
  10. Cassandra Gilbert - 950
  11. Trevor Pitcher - 700
  12. Chloe Gilbert - 450
Novice Podium

V4-V7

  1. Grace Ryan - 3900 (won by 2 attempts)
  2. Noah Dede - 3900
  3. Carson MacGee - 3700
  4. Kestrel Pikiewicz/Joe Cohen/Ryan Hunt - 3000
  5. Evan Meyers - 3000
  6. Caroline Wickes - 3000
  7. Ben Reinold - 2900
  8. Josh Garfein - 2700
  9. Jonathan Swavely - 2700
  10. Ryan Siebring/Dan Raymond/Emerson McIntosh - 2600
  11. Sam Ridley - 2600
  12. Kacey Minear - 2600
  13. Devin DeScenza - 2550
  14. Donovan Bosley - 2400
  15. Lauren Chavez/Emma Bamford - 2300
  16. Marguerite Pankey - 2300
  17. Camden Fligg - 2300
  18. Amelia Christy - 2300
  19. Abby Armstrong/John Bacovcin - 2200
  20. Haidyn Ogg - 2200
  21. Matthew Miller - 2200
  22. Sterling Becvar - 2200
Intermediate Podium

V8+

  1. Derek New - 5700 (won by 3 attempts)
  2. Jack Martinus - 5700
  3. Samuel Peccoud -5300
  4. Marc Akbar - 5100
  5. Alex Johnson - 4900
  6. Clint Sciacca - 4800
  7. Noah Cross - 4800
  8. Hayden Pugh - 4800
  9. Devon Smart/Travis Johnson - 4800
  10. Gabe Krzykwa - 4800
  11. Ryne Silver - 4500
  12. Jack Hunsaker - 4500
  13. Reed Garfein - 3900
  14. Justin Discar - 3800
  15. Nicole Miswell - 3650
  16. Aaron Burns - 1800
Advanced Podium

Thanks to all of our sponsors - Butora, 8BPlus, Club Pilates, Jefe's, Longmont Bicycle Company, Red Hammer Rehab, The Roost, Warrior Playground, Spumoni Creamery, Simply Bulk Market, and Trango - plus the DJ's, competitors, and everyone else who made this thing happen!

Updates to our Mask Policy

Beginning Thursday, May 20, masks are not required for LCC guests who have received the vaccine, in accordance with the most current CDC guidelines.

Masks are still required for all LCC staff, kids participating in our climbing programs, and those who are not yet fully vaccinated.

Social distancing is still encouraged, especially for those who are not fully vaccinated, and we will continue to use our existing screening questions in case contract tracing is needed.

We will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and local health officials. If you have questions, please email [email protected]

Thanks for keeping us #Strongmont!