Nicros Shapers and Athletes

Nicros sponsored athletes include some of the most accomplished climbers in the world, including Daniel Woods, Paul Robinson, Alex Johnson and most recently Jon Cardwell. Not only are these climbers amazing athletes, but they have also shaped holds that are part of the Nicros Signature Series.

Photo by Andy Mann

Jon Cardwell

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sponsors: Five Ten, Moon, Petzl, Nicros

About Jon: Since I was 12 years old I have been motivated by climbing.   Climbing was initially just a great new form of movement that fascinated me.  Eventually climbing evolved into a lifestyle which I plan on pursuing for as long as possible.  Since 2007 I have lived a pseudo-gypsy lifestyle traveling all over the world from South America, Turkey, France, Spain, Switzerland and all over the United States in pursuit of inspiring rock, locations and culture.  I currently live Boulder, Colorado where I work as a route setter at two local gyms in between sessions on the rock.  Boulder is a great home base but I cannot wait to return to the traveling lifestyle!

Favorite grip/hold: Pinches and edges

Hardest sends:
Kinematix 5.14d Gorges Du Loup, France
Bumaye 5.14c/d Margalef, Spain
The Crew 5.14c Rifle, Colorado
~70 other 5.14 ascents

Dreamtime V14
Ode to the Modern Man V14
House in the Sky V14 First Ascent
numerous other V13-14 ascents…

Best boulder problem: Dreamtime in Cresciano, Switzerland, for its form and the shape and texture of the holds.

Favorite climbing area: Ceuse, France

Nicros holds shaped by Jon Cardwell: J.C. 1, J.C. 2

Paul Robinson

Hometown: Moorestown, NJ

Sponsors: Prana, LaSportiva, BD, Sterling, Native, Nicros

What Paul does: scale rocks

Favorite grip/hold: mini pinches

Hardest send: lucid dreaming, buttermilks

Best boulder problem: spectre, pollen grains

Favorite climbing area: Fontainebleau, France

Nicros holds shaped by Paul Robinson: P.R. 1, P.R. 2

Daniel Woods

Hometown: Longmont, CO

Favorite grip/hold: Mini Pinches

Hardest send: Hypnotized Minds, The Game

Best boulder problem: Sky in the Rocklands

Favorite climbing area: Rocklands, Hueco, RMNP, Lincoln Lake

Nicros holds shaped by Daniel Woods: D.W. 1, D.W. 2