EAGLE – USA Climbing’s bouldering season got underway in the Mountain West region Saturday with an event at Eagle Climbing + Fitness.
Eighty-six bouldering competitors 17 and younger traveled from all over the state to take part in the event, which qualified athletes for the regional level of USA Climbing competition.
While Eagle Climbing + Fitness has been open less than a year, climbing coach Larry Moore, who runs the gym, has been hosting bouldering competitions for years. He said the new gym has made hosting events easier.
“This is year 16 for me hosting these competitions but only the second year in this gym,” Moore said. “More space makes it easier.”
About 20 local volunteers pitched in to make the event come together.
Level 1 route setters
The route setters at Saturday’s competition were all level 1-certified route setters, thanks to a competition route setting clinic that took place here in Eagle County in May in advance of the annual World Cup bouldering competition at the GoPro Mountain Games.
Capitalizing on the opportunity a nearby World Cup competition creates, Moore was able to have some of the world’s best route setters come to town a bit early to host the clinic. The benefit of that clinic is now being seen at events like Saturday’s USA Climbing competition.
“Five of our six route setters at this comp were level 1 competition certified,” Moore said on Saturday. “That’s kind of rare. It gives us a lot of credibility.”
Wyatt Graves, 13, of Steamboat Springs, competes in a USA Climbing bouldering event at Eagle Climbing + Fitness on Saturday. Bouldering competitors like Graves traveled from all over Colorado to take part in the Eagle competition, which was the first event of the USA Climbing bouldering season in the Mountain West region. John LaConte | firstname.lastname@example.org
Coach Cody Abshear from Team Grand Valley Climbing in Grand Junction said the Eagle Climbing + Fitness event was world-class.
“We brought like 17 kids here to compete,” he said. “About half of them came with their parents.”
Moore said the spacious gym makes things much more comfortable for spectators.
“We have a nice atmosphere with a few different areas, so if a kid isn’t doing well in one room they can go check out another,” he said. “And then there’s different viewing areas to watch from.”
Ethan Pitcher, a local climber who is a member of the Canadian youth national team, said he enjoyed Saturday’s event for the competition atmosphere.
“It’s nice to have a bouldering event here in town like this,” he said.
Complete results below:
Female Junior 1 Shae Kelly 2 Tess Wallace 3 Mara Wallace 4 Maeve Flaherty 5 Sydney Mueller 6 Rebekah Hadley 7 Abrielle Hawkins
Male Junior 1 Alexander Mayer 2 Samuel Hummel 3 Samuel Hall 4 Michael Anirudhan
Female Youth A 1 Gabriella Fraizer 2 Talia Lasko 3 Caralena Mannarelli 4 Kylie Lethen
Male Youth A 1 Tommy Fiedler 2 Joshua Wanner 3 Jason Lucas 4 Samuel Wanner 5 Ansel Pierson 6 Nicolas Meece-Potowski 7 Ben Jennings 8 Cort Lieffers 9 Oliver Rund 10 Alex Mooney 11 Corben Babcock 12 Josiah Barlow 13 Rami Hage 14 Tyler Lethen 15 Lucas Jablonski 16 Timon Sweere
Female Youth B 1 Evangelina Briggs 2 Sydney Williams 3 Madison Ruth 4 Ainsley Hadden 5 Leanne Anirudhan 6 Faith Hubbard 7 Flannery Pierson 8 Lilly Sautbine 9 Avery Wright 10 Abby Denslow 11 Sofia Provenzano
Male Youth B 1 Owen Bales 2 Joseph Flynn 3 Declan Tulley 4 Evan Homan 5 Charles Coriell 6 Anthony Fortuna 7 Gabriel Scheiber 8 Samuel Meece-Potowski 9 Nolan Frame 10 Lucca Kohl 11 Frederick Ribolzi 12 Sam Larson 13 Noah Davenport 14 Aidan Brown 15 Blake Sloan 16 Kael Miller 17 Brett Brasher 18 William Grathwohl 19 Charles Schwab 20 Nicholas Bearby
Female Youth C 1 Evie Garland 2 Erica Urheim 3 Lucy Hoffman 4 Kayleigh Borek 5 Bonnie Weaver 6 Isabelle Sweet 7 Graciela Briggs 8 Nalani Day 9 Claire Benesh 10 Avery Bergin 11 Taegan Gadberry 12 Megan Denslow 13 Sadie Choi
Male Youth C 1 Maddox Blunt 2 William Eaton 3 Conrad Gehlhausen 4 Cole Homan 5 Jasper Zhu 6 Max Leman 7 Lorenzo Burgio 8 Bret Trowbridge 9 Joseph Neuman 10 Aden Guerrero 11 Jude Moosbrugger 12 Cash Metz 13 Lincoln Kauffman
Female Youth D 1 Erin Miller 2 Celia Brasher 3 Sierra Farnham 4 Addyson Gadberry
Male Youth D 1 Logan Krajnik 2 Noah Wanner 3 Aiden Krajnik 4 Gus Rund 5 Spencer Choi 6 Theodore Neuman 7 Callum Weber