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Olympics Revealed

December 17, 2021

A behind the scenes look at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games as told by PD Olympic Climber, Sean McColl Becoming an Olympian has been a lifelong goal, and my experience in Japan this past August is one of my best climbing achievements.  I had become the first Canadian to qualify as an Olympic climber, and…

Two Climbers racing on Speed wall clipped in to Perfect Descent Auto Belays

How the Perfect Descent Auto Belay Changed Speed Climbing Forever

September 29, 2021

Speed Climbing made its Olympic debut, the even playing field is more important than ever Originally Published on Climbing.com Imagine this: Olympic sprinters take their marks at the starting line for the 100-meter dash. The pistol cracks—and they’re off! But wait: We suddenly realize that each lane is different. Usain Bolt’s lane is tilted uphill!…

male speed climbing world record holder at the top of 15m climbing wall with his fist in the air

Men’s Speed Climbing World Record Broken, Twice in One Day

June 15, 2021

Salt Lake City, Utah USA – 29 May 2021 They came to Salt Lake City to break records and break them they did. With Perfect Descent Auto Belays mounted high on the wall, teammates from Indonesia’s Speed Climbing team played leapfrog for the men’s 15m Speed World Record at the first Speed World Cup of…

speed climbing wall at youth olympic games in buenos aires 2018

Perfect Descent: Auto Belay Supplier to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

June 15, 2021

History is in the making as the inaugural class of climbing athletes get ready to take the stage at the Tokyo Olympic Games. With its preferred status as the Official Auto Belay Supplier to IFSC World Cup Competition, Perfect Descent has been named as Sole Auto Belay Supplier for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Look for…

Olympics Deferred

May 24, 2021

By: Sean McColl, Olympic Rock Climber (CAN) August 2019 – Seven months before shutdown I had just flown home from the World Championships where I qualified for The 2020 Olympic Games. My friends threw me a surprise party and everything was going as planned. I was lucky enough to qualify in the first round of…

Interval Training with PD®

April 28, 2021

With PD® Athlete, Kai Lightner Professional athlete and Perfect Descent climber Kai Lightner gives us a sneak peek into his daily training routine.  Kai breaks down his interval strategy for building strength and endurance to prepare for hard lead climbing projects.  Kai entered his first competition at six years old and never stopped climbing. A twelve-time…

Becoming an Olympian

March 30, 2021

By: Sean McColl, Olympic Rock Climber (CAN) I have wanted to qualify and compete at the Olympic Games before I can remember, I remember waking up in the morning and just watching the Olympics day after day with my family. I was raised in a sporting world and found climbing at the age of 10.…

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Q&A with Kai Lightner

October 12, 2020

When and how did you get started climbing? Even though I didn’t begin climbing in a gym until I was 6, I stayed in trouble for climbing things WELL before then. From climbing over baby gates in our house (before I could walk) to eating lunch on the basketball hoop in our driveway, my mother…

young man speed climbing on a perfect descent auto belay for competition

Q&A with Sean McColl

October 12, 2020

When and how did you get started climbing? I started climbing in 1997 with my family. Our tennis club had closed to we wanted to find something to do as a family. We bought a year membership for the local climbing gym, and I loved it instantly. What motivates you to climb and why do…

young man clipped into perfect descent auto belay for competition

Q&A with John Brosler

October 12, 2020

When and how did you get started climbing? I started climbing at summer camps when I was little and joined Team Texas when I was 10 years old. I started competing in 2009 when I was 12. Why did you start competing and why do you keep doing it? I started competing initially because my coach…