Archive for June, 2014

BRS class of Spring 2014 graduates 11 students!

June 17, 2014

The spring season of the Basic Rock School came to a successful close on the weekend of May 17, with the graduation climbs of the instructor groups led by senior instructors Eileen Monyok and Andy Cooke, with their assistants. A total of ten students graduated, although 12 students originally signed up, but two had to drop out. All students made it through the three field trips, where some had some close calls with precipitation rolling in during the afternoon. Thankfully, no epics were reported — which is always a relief the school director!

The following students graduated:

Alan Youngblood
Anhchi Ly
Bridget Sorrell
Conner Ford
Duane Lovato
Marcos Ripoll-Bunn
Norm Sydow
Pieter Bork
Scott Johnson
Van Smith

The senior instructors were ably assisted by the following assistants:

Aaron Nichols
Don Byington
Francesco Sangiori
James Hicks

On Belay Tower and Knot Test day, the following assistants helped out:

Brenda Leach
Jon Bork
Matthew Holiday
Vita Holiday

And there was an 11th student, Jen Stichman, who was the first person to graduate from BRS via the Test Out Option.

The BRS Test Out Option is an innovation I developed, with the Boulder Mountain School committee, as a way for experienced climbers to pass BRS without having to pay for the course, or spend time reviewing skills they already have. Jen, a climber who can lead 5.10, was certainly in that category, and passed the in-person field tests easily. More information  about the Test Out Option can be viewed on the Boulder CMC website at

Thanks to everyone who helped out! Congratulations to all the students, who now know how to climb safe and can share this knowledge with their future climbing partners. Climb safe everybody! A small sample of photos from spring BRS can be seen here.

We were hacked!

June 17, 2014

by Rick Casey

The website has come of age: we got hacked!

On March 14, 2014, I pulled up the website, but here’s what I saw on the homepage:

….A Hot Mess….

Fearing the worst, I immediately went to our ISP, and filed a report, hoping for help, and copying our webmaster, Wayne Densmore. I thought, OMG, our entire website has been taken over by some foreign hacker who now controls the entire site! Surely my ISP was going to help me?

However, better help came from Wayne Densmore, our webmaster. Within 45 minutes of receiving my email, he had fixed the problem, and was busy plugging holes where the attack could have come from. Turns out only our homepage was affected, which he quickly restored from backup. Our theory is that the hacker exploited a submission form that was not protected by a password. All of those are now protected by passwords, and all the important passwords on the website have been changed.

Whew! that was a close one….thanks for the help, Wayne!