Name: Sue Brumm
Birthday: September 1, 1980
Home: upstate New York, USA
Height: 5’ 10”
Ape Index: Even
Welcome to my site! The content of this site is mostly split between my climbing experiences and coverage of competition climbing in the Northeast, although I do post about other things on occasion. My use of the term “Northeast” is liberal:) I cover New England, New York, the mid-Atlantic (PA, DE, MD, DC, NJ), and parts of OH & WV in the US and Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes in Canada. The use of the term “climbing” is also liberal. Over the years, I have covered many types of events, including bouldering, speed, lead/difficulty/sport, top rope, indoor, outdoor, ice climbing, drytooling, dyno, setting, and more! When I started climbing I had a difficult time finding comps and events to go to. It was even harder to find results afterwards. My vision is to have one place where climbers (and spectators!!) can find a schedule, results, and info for comps. I do my best to get as much information as I can, but things will always fall through the cracks. Please let me know of any comp info you think should be added.
I tried climbing for the first time when I was 26. For the first couple of years, I dabbled in many different areas of climbing, trying my hand at top-roping, sport climbing, following on trad lead, ice climbing, and bouldering. I just wanted to climb and everything I tried was fun. Circumstances led me to gym boulder exclusively for awhile and I fell in love. This discipline was a perfect fit for me and I just kept going back to the gym. If you hang around gyms long enough, you will hear about climbing comps. I thought that sounded like fun, so I tried a couple. The next season, I entered a few more and the next season, even more…
I come to climbing from a background of athletics, 10 years swimming and 7 years in track and field, and 11+ years of coaching swimming, 10 at the collegiate level. I love both training and competing. I still occasionally do other kinds of climbing and activities, but my main focus and passion are for bouldering in the gym. My training and competing have brought me to gyms all over the world. I have met so many great people. The atmosphere at climbing comps is so friendly and supportive. I love being a part of this community!
There are many ways to use this site. You can, of course, just visit and click on whatever strikes your fancy. If you would like to keep up on all new posts, please follow through your WordPress account, through email and/or the Chalk Dust Facebook page. The follow/like buttons are located in the right-hand sidebar on any page on the blog. For more info and insight, you can also “like” my athlete page on Facebook. If you are looking for results from a particular comp, you have several options. You can use the Archives list at the bottom of any page to find all posts from a particular month, then select the Weekend Review post (2014-2016) that covers the date of the comp you are interested in. This post will also include any photo(s), video(s), or article(s) I found for that comp. You can also go to the Comp Results page (button located in bar directly beneath header photo) to get the results, which are sorted by year. You can also use the search function to search by keyword (this button is located at the bottom of every page).
From time to time, guest posts will be featured on Chalk Dust. “Guest Posts” are articles written by readers of Chalk Dust, fellow bloggers, or those with industry insight. Financial compensation is neither given nor received for guest posts. The views reflected in guest posts do not necessarily reflect the views of Sue Brumm or Chalk Dust. Factual accuracy is the responsibility of the guest author. Guest posts may be lightly edited for language, spelling, punctuation, length, and/or grammar. Readers are welcome to submit their own articles of interest for consideration for publication on Chalk Dust.
Please take the time to browse through all the content offered. There is a schedule for all comps in the Northeast and results for as many of them as I can get. There is also info regarding my climbing and lots of pictures of me climbing. Please feel free to utilize the comment feature to let me know what you think, request additions to the blog or start a conversation. I love to hear from readers!