Youth climbing wall competition was a great success |

Youth climbing wall competition was a great success

Dear Editor,Our first youth climbing wall competition was a great success, and I would personally like to thank the local businesses that made it possible with their generous donations of equipment and prizes. These young competitors would not have had a rope to hang on (or locking carabiners and belay devices, for that matter) if not for the initial generosity of Summit Canyon Mountaineering who donated the technical equipment for the day to day operation of the Community Center’s Climbing Wall. A thank you is also in order to Climbing Magazine who kicked in enough of their product that the kids walked away with plenty of reading material to satiate their climbing appetites. The competition was a triathlon of climbing challenges that showcased different skills and styles and produced a champion who was able to claim the title of “The best all around climber.” Three separate fun competitions took place on the wall. One was an all out race against the clock, involving speed and accuracy, another was testing the climbers endurance and technique in a bouldering fest, and the final one tested the climbers ability to high-mark our difficult “natural” routes. It was great to see the young competitors cheering each other on and applauding their competition after they had “sent” a particularly difficult bouldering problem or bested their own time in the speed event. A true camaraderie of shared climbing passion was apparent and contagious. It was our first competition, and I am happy to say definitely not our last. Thanks again to those who made it possible.Sincerely,Eric BrendlingerYouth Program CoordinatorGlenwood Parks & Recreation Department

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