Name: Sue Brumm

Birthday: September 1, 1980

Home: upstate New York, USA

Height: 5’ 10”

Weight: 142lbs

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!

11 Responses to About

  1. socrates2611 says:

    Hey, thanks for following me. Still at the early stages of my climbing and blogging….so if you have any tips on either I’d love to hear them!

    • Sue Brumm says:

      You’re welcome! I can’t wait to see how your foray into climbing and blogging unfolds. Quick tips (since you asked): For blogging, if you want to increase traffic, definitely utilize the tagging feature. WordPress has more info on how to use it. For climbing, watch others’ body movement and placement carefully. You’ll learn so much about what to do and what not to do just by watching. Good luck and enjoy!

      • socrates2611 says:

        That’s brilliant, thanks for that! I do need to read up on the tagging business…as I don’t really understand it at all! Lol. And regarding watching people, I definitely get where you are coming from, plus its just fascinating to watch someone better than you! If you think of anything more feel free to get back in touch….and I hope you don’t mind if I get in touch with any questions I have. I like what you are doing with your blog by the way……its a good idea, and I love the run down of your experiences at the different comps….its quite inspiring!

      • Sue Brumm says:

        Thank you for all the kind words! Please feel free to ask as many questions as you like. Happy Holidays!

  2. Ruth says:

    Thank you! This is amazing! Makes it so much easier because it is so hard to track down different gyms and what they do.

  3. Kari says:

    Super helpful, thank you.

  4. Kari says:

    Hi Sue,
    Do you happen to know where I can get a good list of comps happening outside of the Northeast?
    Thank you.

  5. Susan Kappler says:

    Stumbled on your site when I was researching climbing lessons. Have some questions about how to get started…never done it and actually have some height issues, except I was reading it’s really about a fear of falling and that makes total sense because if I’m on a ledge with a railing I trust in front of me…no worries! I’m an active (cyclist/runner getting back into shape) soon to be 60 year old. Yup…you read that right. Would like to explore rock climbing a little to see what it is all about. Will be focusing on upper body and core strength now that I’m getting my cycling legs back. I’m wanting to make this a stellar year. Any suggestions of Mohawk Valley Area lessons or climbing venues? Feel free to message me via FB of email. Sue Yaw Kappler

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