Tommy Bell was part of the Earth Treks Rockville family for more than six years hosting birthday parties, teaching climbing classes and much more. Best known for his ever-present smile and seemingly endless supply of positivity, Tommy embodied the best in all of us. Our community lost Tommy far too soon when he passed away in a bicycle crash in the Spring of 2017.



We hope to honor his memory and three of his deepest passions: photography, spreading happiness and rock climbing with the annual Tommy Bell Photo Contest! Post your most happy, passion-filled climbing pic on Instagram using the#CanIFocus, #EarthTreks and #PlanetGranite hashtags for a chance to have your photograph displayed in Earth Treks Rockville on a majorly large scale for the entirety of 2018. After that, the winner’s large print will be displayed at a different Earth Treks or Planet Granite gym and a framed smaller print will live in Rockville indefinitely on the Tommy Bell Gallery Wall.

One day, we will fill this gallery with photos of, or by, folks in our community doing what they love—rock climbing.



It’s easy to enter, simply post your most happy, passion-filled climbing pic on Instagram using the #CanIFocus #EarthTreks and #PlanetGranite hashtags. Post as many times as you want and your best pics from previous climbing trips are allowed! Contest runs January 1, 2018 – January 31, 2018.

Why #CanIFocus? It is Tommy’s Instagram handle!



  • Their image reproduced on a large scale and displayed for one year in Rockville and then will move to other gyms.
  • After one year, a smaller version of the image will remain in Rockville on the Tommy Bell Gallery Wall.
  • In addition, 1st place will receive $200 Earth Treks/Planet Granite gift card, 2nd place will receive $100 Earth Treks/Planet Granite gift card and 3rd will receive $50 Earth Treks/Planet Granite gift card.



  • Contest runs 12:00a.m. EST January 1, 2018 through 11:59p.m. January 31, 2018
  • All submissions must be received through Instagram
  • Must tag #earthtreks, #planetgranite AND #CanIFocus
  • Participants must be able to provide a high-quality image upon winning (landscape, 300+ dpi and 2200×3300 pixels)
  • Earth Treks judges will choose the final three images by February 14, 2018
  • Final three images will be reposted for public vote February 15-19, 2018
  • Earth Treks will officially notify winner on February 20, 2018
  • Earth Treks will own promotional rights to any photo submitted
  • The Earth Treks Tommy Bell Photo Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram


Photos taken by Tommy Bell.