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Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 8, 2010 - 12:40pm PT
Welcome to "As The Pig Drags"... Who knew there was so much excitement and drama in climbing!? I wonder who will have who's love child? (Whom will have who's?
Wwho will have whom's? Nope, "whom's" is not a word.)

http://www.deadpointmag.com/articles/view/rumors-speculation-and-joe-garland
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Feb 8, 2010 - 12:49pm PT
Ho Hum, another tempest in the climbing industry teapot.
Iron Mtn.

Trad climber
Corona, Ca.
Feb 8, 2010 - 02:39pm PT
Are Acopa shoes USA made or are they made in Asia too?
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Feb 8, 2010 - 02:40pm PT
Acopa shoes are made in Mexico, I believe. Perhaps there's more at acopausa dot com
nature

climber
Tucson, AZ
Feb 8, 2010 - 02:55pm PT
Acopa shoes are indeed made in Mexico. I spoke at length with John about this. My recollection is that they found a very good cobbler in Mexico who builds all the shoes to spec. It's why their shipments come in in relatively small batches.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 8, 2010 - 03:14pm PT
Nature is spot-on. John searched far and wide looking for the right cobbler and found him in Mexico. A real mom/pop type of place that REALLY knows how to make shoes!
Iron Mtn.

Trad climber
Corona, Ca.
Feb 8, 2010 - 03:23pm PT
That's why my next pair of shoes will be Acopa.....
nature

climber
Tucson, AZ
Feb 8, 2010 - 03:24pm PT
I've got a pair of Acopa Legends that are in great shape for sale. Size 10. :-)
Iron Mtn.

Trad climber
Corona, Ca.
Feb 8, 2010 - 03:25pm PT
I'm a 12 ;-) Thanks though!
10b4me

Ice climber
Ice Caves at the Sads
Feb 8, 2010 - 05:15pm PT
I know Kenny Suh. I wish the best of luck to him.
Also, Kenny is a damn good climber
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Feb 8, 2010 - 09:31pm PT
Is this why I can't seem to find any Mad Rock Haul bags around?

got curious about them, but haven't seen the real deal
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 8, 2010 - 10:40pm PT
Who cares? Does anybody really use Madrock gear?
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Feb 9, 2010 - 12:21am PT
look around at the gym, Jaybro, and see if you can correlate the climber and the Mad Rocks...

...smart choice of cheap shoe for a parent who has a kid with fickle sports interests.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Feb 9, 2010 - 12:26am PT
meh

yeah, pricepoint is nice.
Srbphoto

Trad climber
Kennewick wa
Feb 9, 2010 - 12:29am PT
Hey don't put down Mad Rock. They must be good, REI sells a bunch of them!



Edit: If anyone has any extra cash lying around, A16 is looking for an equity partner!

healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Feb 9, 2010 - 12:46am PT
Two industry favorites duke'it out - I'm sure everyone in the business is jeering on both sides.
the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
Feb 9, 2010 - 11:09am PT
here is Joes new deal..


PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Garland Announces New Position with Renamed Climbing Company
Former Mad Rock director to become President of Climb X, Mad Rock’s parent company and manufacturer

PORTLAND, OR
February 5, 2010: Joseph Garland, a founding member of Mad Rock Climbing since its inception in 2002 who announced his departure from the company in early January has returned to the industry, and is now working for Mad Rock’s parent company and manufacturer. Three of Mad Rock’s original partners: Alex Kim, Ken Kim and Joe Garland will continue the business under the new name “Climb X,” with Joe Garland being named its new President. Original Mad Rock President and partner Young Chu will retain the Mad Rock name, but is no longer a member of this group. Climb X will assume the former Mad Rock operation, its distributors, most of its sales reps, international staff, warehouse, factory & production, and product development facility, as well as its Chinese and international warehouse facilities. Joe Garland, who was responsible for most of the newer products developed at Mad Rock, will be working out of offices in Portland Oregon, with satellite offices in Munich, Germany and Beijing, China. Joe Garland will be at the ISPO trade show in Munich Germany from February 7-10 2010 in Hall A4, Booth 118 (Everest GMBH booth) for meetings and to answer questions.

NEW ENVIRONMENT

Climb X stock will be available in early March for dealers and distributors from a relocated distribution center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The logistics of relocating the offices and DC are geared for quicker access to the merchandise for North American dealers, and paves the way for a deeper pool of qualified candidates for office staff. The Las Vegas DC has the benefit of being one shipping day closer to eastern customers, while giving identical ship times to all western accounts as Mad Rock’s Orange County distribution center. As before, staffing will go to individuals with relevant climbing, outdoor and strong customer service experience; attributes that were hard to come by in the Los Angeles area, with its comparative lack of outdoor activities and quality of life issues that made it difficult to find and retain qualified candidates. Parties interested in Portland positions are encouraged to contact Joe below.

For more information, Joseph Garland can be contacted at JosephRGarland@Yahoo.com, JoeGarland@ClimbXgear.com or (503) 860 3731

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klk

Trad climber
cali
Feb 9, 2010 - 11:16am PT
As before, staffing will go to individuals with relevant climbing, outdoor and strong customer service experience; attributes that were hard to come by in the Los Angeles area, with its comparative lack of outdoor activities and quality of life issues that made it difficult to find and retain qualified candidates.


Hahahahaha.

PR doesn't seem to be the new company's strong suit.
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Feb 9, 2010 - 11:21am PT
No kidding. It's funny how I too got that impression.

Wanna job where it's warm, fuzzy, and everyone climbs 5.13 and could be the next star but is just too humble to bother? Go work for BD in SLC.

Wanna work someplace where each day begins with a big FU and your lameness from your corporate sponsors? If you've got the right qualifications, we might consider letting you work in our Vegas warehouse at ClimbX which was MY idea and NOT the idea of my (HATE) former partner who never did anything anyway. LOL
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 9, 2010 - 12:29pm PT
As before, staffing will go to individuals with relevant climbing, outdoor and strong customer service experience; attributes that were hard to come by in the Los Angeles area, with its comparative lack of outdoor activities and quality of life issues that made it difficult to find and retain qualified candidates.

I don't even know how to close my jaw. So, no one in the LA area knows how to climb? No one in LA has ever done a wall, climbed in the major mountains, or climbed harder than 5.7? Everyone in LA is a gym climber? All qualified climbers are employed doing DNA research and therefore do not need a job?

Someone does NOT know how to write a press release without expressing personal opinions. WOW!!!!
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