Wood has been making a comeback over the last few years, championed by companies like Beastmaker in Europe and Tension here in North America. Will Anglin is one of the boys behind Tension, and he talks with me about his own personal history with wood grips, the unique struggles of working with wood, and the benefits you can only get from a well-sanded grain.
Yasser El-Sheikh is a long-time sport climber who became a plastic surgeon that specializes in hand, wrist, and nerve surgery. This past summer, he organized North America's first climbing medicine symposium in Toronto, Ontario. He shares his history attending symposia in Europe, what it took to create this event, and what's going on in the climbing medicine scene.
He discovered climbing as a teenager in the secluded Canadian province of Newfoundland, and it sent him on a whirlwind journey across Canada and abroad to finally land him setting the 2016 Imst Lead World Cup in Austria. Kaleb walks us through the journey, and shares the setting knowledge he gained along the way.
Legendary hold shaper Ian Powell answers my questions about the past, present, and future of plastic climbing holds: the transition from polyester to polyurethane, the economy of holds, helping Europe catch up to North American quality, and how 3D printing could be used to improve holds today.
UPDATE: This episode was edited at 6:30pm EDT, at Ian Powell's request, to remove a hypothetical anecdote that Ian worried might be detrimental to Kilter Grips. Plastic Weekly has no obligation to edit an interview that was recorded knowingly and willfully, but in the interest of keeping a good relationship with a respected, experienced, and influential industry leader like Ian, about 40 seconds of audio was removed. It's a good thing I like him. The edit does not remove or change any information.