Rock climbing competition ready to roll on Friday |

Rock climbing competition ready to roll on Friday

Rock climbers, here’s a chance to stretch your muscles and test your skills.

On Friday, the Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department will host the mid-winter Hour of Power Bouldering Competition at the Community Center’s climbing wall.

Sanctioned by the American Bouldering Series, Friday’s competition consists of separate divisions for 7- to 11-year-old boys and girls (ultra juniors), 12-19 boys and girls (juniors), and a open division for men and women ages 20 and above.

“The competition has a neat sense to it,” said Parks and Recreation event coordinator Eric Brendlinger. “The sport started as a grassroots kind of thing by Scott Renick of Boulder, but it’s not like that anymore.”

Brendlinger said ASB holds state competitions nationwide. This is the third time the Hour of Power event has been held in Glenwood Springs.

In previous competitions held at the Community Center, more than 40 climbers have participated.

Competition starts with the ultra and novice junior divisions at 4:30 p.m. The expert junior and open divisions follow at 6:30 p.m.

The event features a series of 30 different bouldering problems tailored to challenge novice to expert climbers in an environment that fosters participants to climb their best.

“The competition is judged by the other competitors,” Brendlinger said. “Each participant is given a climbing problem, and if they solve it on the first try they get the most points. Every try afterward, you lose 10 points. You think that would lead to a super-competitive event, but it’s the opposite.”

“Everyone wants to see the climbers do well.”

Cost is $12 for junior climbers and $15 for open climbers, plus a one-time $10 ABS membership fee.

To set up for the event, the Community Center’s climbing wall will be closed to the public Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Participants can register the day of the event or by calling the Recreation Department at 384-6301.

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