More than 80 climbers turn out for CRMS bouldering competition |

More than 80 climbers turn out for CRMS bouldering competition

Dave Meyer
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Chalk dust filled the air and muscles strained at the second Western Slope high school climbing competition of the year.

This past Saturday, more than 80 middle and high school climbers converged on Colorado Rocky Mountain School for a spirited bouldering competition.

For three hours, the 80 students from CRMS, Glenwood Springs High School, Montrose High School, Ridgway/Ouray, Grand Junction, Vail and Carbondale’s rec center climbed side by side on 33 recently set boulder problems on the CRMS climbing wall.

Each of the problems had a point value based on its difficulty and climbers struggled and pushed to finish their personal five best problems.

When the chalk settled, Juan Pablo Alcocer of CRMS won the overall competition and Summer Igo of Grand Junction won the girls side.

The team scoring (based on a format similar to cross country running meets) put CRMS on top with wins in the boys advanced, intermediate and beginner and girls beginner categories.

Montrose, with a crew of 18, finished second with a third and fourth in Intermediate girls. Ridgway/Ouray was third. Small but talented teams from Vail and Grand Junction finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

The young Glenwood team finished sixth and showed promise. Students will continue to train and compete throughout the winter with an eye to qualifying for state championships in late February.

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