Touchstone Zero Gravity NCA Regional Champions

Touchstone Zero Gravity Climbing Team
Northern California USAC-SCS Regional Champions for the Sixth straight year!

On May 14, 2011 at the Nor Cal Regional Championships at Rocksport in Reno, NV, the Touchstone Zero Gravity climbing team stamped their authority on the region for the sixth straight year. The entire team qualified for the Division 1 Championships which will be held at Momentum in Sandy, UT on June 11 & 12, 2011. In addition they had 11 Regional Champions and 28 podium places. At the Div1 Championships these athletes will be vying for a bid to the National Championships in Atlanta, GA in July. There they will be working toward a place on the US National team and a trip to the Youth World Championships in Imst, Austria in August.

Congratulations to Regional Champions:
Sera Busse (Sport and Speed)
Natalia Grossman (Sport and Speed)
Joshua Levin (Sport and Speed)
Eric Sanchez (Sport)
Will Roderick (Speed)
Connor Everton (Sport)
Nick Bradley (Speed)
Cameron Reed (Speed)

Touchstone Zero Gravity Climbing Team placing:

Sera Busse Youth-B Female 1/1
Natalia Grossman Youth-D Female 1/1
Eric Sanchez Junior Male 1/3
Joshua Levin Youth-A Male 1/1
Connor Everton Youth-B Male 1/3
Will Roderick Junior Male 2/1
Nick Bradley Youth-B Male 2/1
Cameron Read Youth-C Male 2/1
Seth Rogers Youth-D Male 2/2
Katrin Gentry Youth-B Female 3/3
Revan Florn Youth-D Female 3/3
Rick Gentry Youth-A Male 3/2
Dylan Meyerhoffer Youth-D Male 3/3
Alexa Nazarian Youth-A Female 4/4
Hannah Donnelly Youth-B Female 4
Haniel Roland-Holst Youth-A Male 4/5
Michael Cohen Youth-A Male 5/3
Mel Roderick Youth-B Male 5/4
Jacquelyn Wu Youth-B Female 6/2
Sam Steuart Youth-A Male 6/4
Gabii Strandberg Youth-B Female 7
Ethan Rogers Youth-D Male 7/6
Andrew Dixson Youth-A Male 8/7
Michael Humphrey Youth-B Male 9/5

Head Coach: Scot Jenerik
Assistant Coach: Scott Cory

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Hotel Codes for Regionals, Divisionals and Nationals

OK – Here are the upcoming Hotel blocks for Zero Gravity, Northern California Region and any other USA climbing friends you want to invite.

I suggest you book asap – if you don’t go – you can cancel.

For all hotel reservations – mention Zero Gravity to get the appropriate room rates and reserved double queens.

For all hotel reservations – mention Zero Gravity to get the appropriate room rates and reserved double queens.

Reno, 5/13-15 (Friday and Saturday nights), Hampton Inn, 775-336-2222, $89 per night. If they are out of double queens and you want one…next door we have double queens set aside at the Staybridge Suites for $99.

Salt Lake City, 6/10-13 (Friday thru Sunday nights), Hampton Inn, 801-571-0800, $85 per night. They are right across the street from the host hotel (the host hotel didn’t have a free breakfast). Other USA Climbing members will be staying at this hotel.

Atlanta, 7/4-7/11 (Monday through Sunday nights), Holiday Inn, 770-934-6000, $79 per night. Other USA Climbing members will be staying at the hotel. The host hotel (Doubletree) is down the block and about $30 more.

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Discounts on Travel for Nationals

I’ve got a group rate set up at AirTrans for Nationals and the PreNationals Training Camp. They are a discount airline (just bought by Southwest) that has a hub in Atlanta so there are a fair number of non-stops from around the country.

We get a 10% discount off of the lowest published fare at the time. There is also the ability to change an individual reservation once without paying the $75 change fee.

Group # ATL061811 Group Name: USA Climbing Nationals
888-419-6109 or 1-866-683-8368.

You have to call in to get the discount. Online won’t work.

Let me know if you have any issues.

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April 16th SCS Competition

Pacific Edge is located at 104 Bronson Street in Santa Cruz California.
Directions to the gym from San Jose and Monterey are list below with links to maps for each. Feel free to contact us at 831.454.9254 and we will guide you in the right direction.

From the San Jose area:
CA-17 S to Santa Cruz – go 27 mi
Take the Ocean St exit – go 1.2 mi
Turn left at E Cliff Dr – go 0.3 mi
Bear left at Murray St – go 0.2 mi
Turn left at Seabright Ave – go 0.0 mi
Turn right at Watson St – go 0.1 mi
Go 1/2 block to Pacific Edge – go 0.0 m
Check out the map from the San Jose area.

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Josh Levin Makes US National Team

Josh Levin competed in the SCS Open Adult Nationals held in Salt Lake City on April 1-2.  Josh completed the 15 meter climb in 6.83 seconds and came in a close 2nd to Alex Johnson.  Results can be found here.

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Photos from ABS Nationals 2011

I recently found this on the ABS Nationals 2011 website:

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ABS 12 Youth National Championship

Pictures are available at

So I emailed Photo Bob and he put together the following pictures of Zero Gravity Climbing team members at the competition.  You can download any photos that you want.

Zero Gravity at ABS Nationals 2011


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SCS Season Starts!

I took this from the USA Climbing website. Please refer to the link for the most up to date information.

Regional Coordinator: Scot Jenerik and Richard Levin
Northern California News

Updated Feb 27th, 2011

2011 complete SCS Season will be announced shortly…

The schedule is still gelling. We have 4 confirmed local comps and maybe another one that has not yet been finalized. Additionally we are in negotiations with the facility that will hold the Northern California SCS Regional Championship. Please check back (we will know more late February).

BTW, I believe that there will still be as SCS 3 local comp minimum to qualify for the championship series.

2011 Local Comps:

Sand City – Sanctuary March -19
registration 11 AM, comp starts at noon
Mountain View – Twisters April -2 (New Comp)
Santa Cruz – Pacific Edge April -16
Reno – Rocksport April -30
Davis – Rocknasium May -7

NorCal Regional Championship: (one day)
Location To be Announced, somewhere in Northern CA/NV May 14th
you will need to attend 3 local comps to advance beyond the Regional Championhips
The San Diego Mesa Rim Regional comp is for the Southern CA region only.
Division 1 Championship:
Salt Lake City, UT – Momentum June 11-12 (two day)
National Championship:
Atlanta, GA – Stone Summit July 7-10 (4 day)

– richard

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Inside Climbing Video

Here’s a video short on indoor climbing to “pump” up our climbers for this season’s first sport climbing comps!


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Three New US Team Members!!

Zero Gravity at the ABS Nationals

by Scot Jenerik

The USA Climbing American Bouldering Series (ABS) Youth National Championships 2011 were held in Boulder, Colorado, from February 18 – 20, 2011

The Zero Gravity Team

The Touchstone Zero Gravity Climbing Team took six of their strongest competitors to the ABS National Championships over the weekend of February 18-20 and had an exceptional showing. Joshua Levin placed 3rd, Eric Sanchez was 4th and Jacquelyn Wu was 5th, all three qualifying for the US National Team. Charlie Andrews also made finals and finished 7th. Sera Busse was 2nd in qualifiers but ended up 10th overall. Will Roderick was 4th in qualifiers but dropped to 16th after semi finals.

Eric Sanchez

This years competition saw the strongest, deepest field in ABS history. In addition the venue was a large warehouse with three amazing climbing walls, lighting arrays, PA systems and tons of space for spectators. The USAC set up the venue for the Adult National Championships which were held a week earlier. Video of this event can be found HERE

Charlie Andrews

Full results from both the Youth and Adult comps can be found at the ABS site.

Josh Levin

The Touchstone Zero Gravity Climbing Team will now be focusing on the USA Climbing Sport Climbing Series (SCS). The season starts March 19th with Local comps, moves on to the the Northern California Regional Championships May 14th, the Division 1 Championships in Salt Lake City June 11-12, the National Championships in Atlanta Georgia July 7-10 and the Youth World Championships in Imst Austria August 25-28. This years Touchstone Zero Gravity team is one of the strongest ever and have a very good shot at winning the Team Championship award at the National Championships. Once again, many of these Touchstone youth are favorites to be selected for the US National Team.

Jacquelyn Wu
If you would like more information or to try out for Touchstone Zero Gravity, please contact Coach Scot Jenerik:


Will Roderick

Sara Busse

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Josh Levin’s ABS Youth Nationals Post

Below are the first few paragraphs of Josh Levin’s ABS Youth Nationals Post

ABS Youth Nationals 2011 

This past weekend I flew back to Boulder, Colorado for the Youth portion of the 2011 ABS National Championships. After the events from last week’s Open Championships, I felt mentally ready for the competition, but my ankle was still a bit tweaked from landing awkwardly on the pads on qualifier problem 5 the weekend before and mildly spraining my left ankle. I did some minor training in the couple days of training I had between comps, but the thing I really needed to focus on was my mental preparation going into the competition.

I flew into Boulder on Thursday, February 17th, and had dinner with my family before meeting up with a bunch of my friends who flew in from around the country at the host hotel, where we hung out in one of the rooms and played a couple rounds of Jungle Speed. Considering how no one knew about the game before a year and a half ago, it’s really caught on the climbing community.

I got to sleep in the next morning, as the category I was competing in, Male A (16-17), wasn’t scheduled to compete in qualifiers until 4:30 that afternoon. It was nice getting to climb later in the day for a change, and I was able to eat a late breakfast and hang out with some of the kids on my team: Jacquelyn Wu, Eric Sanchez, Sera Busse, and Will Roderick.

The team at breakfast
Left to right: Will, Josh, Sera, Jacquelyn, Eric
Photo: George Roderick


More can be found at By the way – this photo occurred when they were viewing the ABS Preparation Video shown below.

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