Join Hayden Homes and Bend Endurance Academy as they enlighten you with the Bend Summer Bouldering Comp. In only it’s second year this climbing event has grown to the largest and most acclaimed climbing competition in Central Oregon with one of the largest cash purses in the US.
Many of us think about climbing taking place on far away cliffs with lots of fancy gear and slow moving ascents. Over the past few decades, climbing has evolved into a variety of genres; bouldering being one of them.
In its infancy, bouldering was mainly used as a way to train and practice for the big stuff in the mountains. Climbers would get together sans the typical gear and work on their athleticism and rock climbing skills with just some climbing shoes, a bag of chalk, and a crew of friends.
Eventually, bouldering developed as its own genre and its own “thing”; where some became specialists in this art form. With commercial climbing gyms popping up in every major metro area across the country, rock climbing and bouldering in particular, is quickly becoming a sport that everyone can access no matter where they live or how close the nearest cliff is.
The sport of competitive climbing is growing every year. So much so that bouldering/sport climbing is being included in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo! Bouldering competitions provide a fast paced sporting event, combined with amazing physical talent and dynamic movement, making this a great sport for both athletes and spectators alike.
Saturday night the Pro Category Finalists go head to head at GoodLife Brewing from 6pm-10pm.
Be sure to come early, get a beverage, and find a good spot to spectate and cheer. It will be standing room only.
Mike Rougeux, Climbing Director at Bend Endurance Academy, is very excited about this years event and prospective finalists. “We have a great field of some of the top competitive climbers from Canada and the US hoping to get a spot in the finals at GoodLife. The venue and the format makes for a great spectating event and we’re excited to once again showcase to the Bend community how cool a bouldering competition is to watch. It’s face passed, easy to follow, requires athletic power and grace, and there’s always a sense of excitement and drama as climbers lunge to that last hold or try to stick that next move as the clock quickly ticks away.”
The format is simple:
There will be five women and five men finalists from Friday’s qualifying round. There will be four different climbs for each category over the course of the night. Each of the athletes will have four minutes to solve and navigate each route and get as high up the climb as they can. The goal is to get to the top of the climb with the least amount of tries as possible. The climber that ends up with the most amount of tops, or highest holds in the least amount of tries, takes home the prize.
Climbing and bouldering boasts an amazing community of people. Please help spread the good word on this event, before, during and after.
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