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.
The event starts at Bend Rock Gym on Friday June 24th with the qualifying rounds for the Pro men and women and the youth fields. Friday wraps up with the “Grom Squad Finals” where the top males and females (16 and under), from the qualifying round, have their chance in the spotlight in a youth specific finals as they compete for prizes and glory.
Don’t miss the Hayden Homes Summer Boulder Comp Finals at Goodlife Brewing Saturday night from 6 – 10 pm!
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