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March 27, 2017

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We talk life, climbing, and injury with Jonathon Davidson

Last week we got the chance to interview our Athlete Ambassador Jonathon Davidson; he has been our longstanding leader in the climbing division of this quarters competition, we were dying to learn more about his climbing journey and ESPECIALLY his recovery from a major wrist injury.  

What does being a Primo ambassador mean to you?


To me it means I have a company who believes in my goals for climbing all over the world, while supplying me with the best chalk offered today.
It means I have a whole company showing the world how there product has helped me reach the top of climbs and allowed me to climb hard day to day without down time due to ripped,dry, flaky hands.
I am the face of this company, and I will back them, just like they have me, and my dreams of being a professional climber.


How long have you been climbing?

Around 4 years. I started free climbing sometime in the summer of 2014


What got you into the sport?

I would see these rock faces on my hikes, and I got hired to climb trees for trimming in the North East. I was addicted, and rock walls were bigger than trees. 

Walk me through a day in the life of Jonathon.

I wake up with a protein shake, rice cake, and some finger boards on my way to the bathroom. Lol.
-I edit and work on videos and public/ social media while I drink my coffee.
I'm starting a 2 month training period so at 11am I'm heading to the climbing gym until 5pm.
I come home eat some dinner and enjoy my evenings with my girlfreind.
I live a normal life. I might be a little crazy and obsessed with climbing these beautiful walls.
I have family days, climbing days more than none, the only difference is I'm devoted to climbing instead of video games and other hobbies the average person does in there free time. Climbing is my life.


In your bio you mention a major fall that impacted your climbing progression, how did you cope with the recovery period, and how did you begin to train differently with your injury in mind?

Gnarly bruising from the fall!

My recovery was rough. It took months to regain movement in my fingers, and wrist. I shattered my wrist and broke my ulna and distal radius. I had emergency surgery ending with a titanium plate and 9 screws, 5 which hold my wrist together. I was in recovery for 18 months. I was on pain medication 7 1/2 months. All I could do was sit and walk around. I couldn't work, or climb, hiking was a big risk because of the chance of tripping and landing on my injury causing more damage. After 16 months a fusion was recommended due to my age and the pain level, I was 25 with arthritis, and a plate that slides against my tendons, cause discomfort. I refused and began rebuilding strength. 
I use a lot of different exercise tools and hand strengthen devices to help me maintain the level I new to climb. I pushed my limits and learned what I could still do after recovery.
I started climbing 5.5 to 5.8 working the strength back into my wrist while not putting to much strain and pain.
The most useful exercise was just buying a bag of climbing holds, and making homemade hangboards. I got a lot of crimp type holds and did pull ups on them. I can now do sets of pull ups on a vertical hang, and smaller sets on a underhand. You just have to work into it at your pace. I was told I was done climbing,  and here I am now climbing 5.10s and minor 5.11s. I have to wrap my wrist in climbing tape to keep swelling down but it's worth it. 

What essentials do you pack when going on a big climbing trip?


I carry:

     -a custom built med kit, containing items for trauma care, broken bones, rash's, friction burn, gashes or severe cuts,etc. I carry enough to control bleeding and make myself comfortable if a accident were to occur until I can get out to a hospital or rescue.
    -materials to stitch,bandage, and make a splint, along with standard pain medication. 
     -climbing gear for two. I do this so if a piece fails or I notice later on is worn past a safe margin, I have a second piece. I also do this in case someone else gets in a bad situation and there gear is compromised, I can be of assistance.
     -three belay devices, a figure 8, atc, and grigri 2.
     -a huge selection of slings as most climbers.  I also have two 70 meter ropes. One is 9.9mm and one is 10.2mm.
     -a pair of evolv climbing shoes.
     -a petzl rope bag, including my normal rack of quick draws, cams, nutz,biners,etc.
     -a bivy along with a hammock for emergencies and shelter if a injury occurs in the cold seasons.
Other than the things most carry I eat a lot of clif bars and red bull on my trips! I carry a camp stove for backpacking for warm food and coffee.
I carry two gopros, a hero and a session.

My setup is a little heavy but I love how I always have anything I need or want!


What are your other passions besides climbing?

I love hiking, I love that beauty you can't get anywhere else. I always pick the hardest routes up a mpunrain, and I never regret pushing myself to the top.
I love boating and swimming, you can get out on the right river and get that solitude you get in the mountains.
Deep down I'm a big computer need. I can do crazy things, I use to be into heavy computer gaming, owning computers over 2k. My climbing passion took over though.
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A huge thanks to Jonathon for taking the time for this interview, we look forward to getting to know all of our athletes in years to come!
January 05, 2017

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Primo Athlete Sponsorship Competition Update

Primo is starting a new Athlete Ambassador program called #primoathlete.

You can check out all the new Ambassador's we've already onboard at the #primoathlete page.

As part of this program, we'll be giving away cash prizes each quarter, to the top-ranked athlete in each sport.

Top Ambassador Pages

To level the playing field, our cash prize at the end of each quarter will be awarded based on which Ambassador gets the most unique views on their Athlete page.

Here's a snapshot of the top-performing pages since January 1st, 2017.

Most popular athlete pages 1-1-17 to 1-5-17

Rankings for Q1 2017.

Last updated January 5, 2017 @ 2:30pm

Compete to Win

To get more views of your athlete page, be sure to share it with your friends on social media, and mention Primo to your friends and fans.

To get an athlete page of your own, apply here. We're currently looking for more women athletes to join! Do you know any?

We'll be back to update this graph about once a week with current rankings. keep an eye out!

November 17, 2016

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Steve Gaspar on Route Setting and Climbing

I started traditional mountaineering when I was 11 years old, and it wasn't until I went to college in Boston that I began pushing my limits in the sport. I spent a lot of time in Vermont and New Hampshire in the White Mountains and the Presidential Range.

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September 11, 2016

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Scot Mendelson loves Primo

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Power Lifting

Scot Mendelson is a world record holding Strong man. He is what I consider obscenely strong. In the world of powerlifting, grip is crucial. Scot emailed me today after using PrimoChalk in a workout. His exact words were...

"That is the most amazing chalk I've ever felt!!!"

Check out this video of him bench pressing more than 1000lbs!

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May 07, 2014

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2014 CSCCa Conference

The 2014 Collegiate Strength and Conditional Coaches association Conference is in full swing and Primo Chalk is excited to be here. There are over 900 coaches from schools and gyms across the country that descended upon Salt Lake City for the event. The 3 day gathering is chock-full of speakers, demonstrations, give-aways and networking events. 

If you notice that your favorite school's team is looking a little stronger next year, don't be surprised if Primo Chalk is involved!

May 05, 2014

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Sierra Blair-Coyle -- Primo Chalk's Newest Athlete Ambassador

Professional rock climber Sierra Blair-Coyle is our newest athlete ambassador. An amazing young woman with a social following of nearly 200k people, we are ecstatic to have her representing our brand. To celebrate her arrival, we are offering a 20% discount on our chalk, only at primochalk.com (excludes S/H). Use code SBC for the discount.

 

Check out the unique way we asked her to join our team

 

And her response

 

Welcome to the family Sierra!