By GABRIELLA FREITAS

Some Atlanta entrepreneurs turned their passion into full time jobs when they founded the company Dirtbag Climbers. Now they are sponsoring a well-known rock climbing competition at Boat Rock Bouldering Field in Atlanta.

Erick Barros and Nick Lanphier started making climbing accessories such as chalk pots, chalk bags and apparel in 2013. They began selling their products to their friends, before taking the business online. Now, they sponsor fellow competitive climbers by providing them with their merchandise.

The Dirtbag Climbers reenacting the famous “Patagonia Crew” photograph. From left to right: Michael Poulos, Rachel Bonham, Nick Lanphier, Taylor Zaganas, Dustin Brown, Erick Barros,  “Jesus” (real name unknown), Joel Fullerton Photo by Christi Lanphier
The Dirtbag Climbers reenacting the famous “Patagonia Crew” photograph.
From left to right: Michael Poulos, Rachel Bonham, Nick Lanphier, Taylor Zaganas, Dustin Brown, Erick Barros, “Jesus” (real name unknown), Joel Fullerton.
Photo by Christi Lanphier

The DirtBag Climbers manufacturing facility is located in Atlanta.

“Being able to start this company and contribute to a sport that we’re so passionate about is what has driven us to pursue this from the beginning,” said Lanphier, co-owner, Dirtbag Climbers.

As sponsors of the Float the Boat rock climbing competition, crew members at Dirtbag Climbers created their own competitive category known as the “Dirtbag Climbers Crack Challenge.” Crack climbing is a style of climbing where a one uses specific techniques to climb between the cracks of rocks.

“Boat Rock Bouldering Field is really unique, because it is always threatened by developmental construction and this is our backyard bouldering field,” said Barros, Co-owner, Dirtbag Climbers. “So, it’s a special opportunity for us to be able to not only sponsor an event like this but also help to preserve this area that is so dear to rock climbers in Atlanta.”

In addition to producing climbing essentials, Dirtbag Climbers is also passionate about the environment. Every other month the company holds a “Trail Day” event in which a group of rock climbers gather at polluted trails and potential climbing areas to maintain the trails and pick up any litter.

Dirtbag Climbers has taken the Southeastern climbing community by storm and continue to help preserve the environment in the name of the sport.

You can visit its website at http://www.dirtbagclimbers.com.

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