Cliffhanger Coquitlam to Host Second SCBC Bouldering Competition Saturday

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November 6, 2013, Kamloops, BC (ISN) – The second sanctioned competition under the newly formed Sport Climbing Association of British Columbia (SCBC) is set to take place this Saturday, November 9th, with a Bouldering competition at Cliffhanger Climbing Gym in Coquitlam.

Formed in late 2012, SCBC is the Provincial Sport Organization for competition climbing in British Columbia and will oversee ten competitions this season, including Provincials for the Lead, Bouldering and Speed Climbing disciplines.

Saturday’s competition at Cliffhanger is the second of four sanctioned Bouldering competitions that will ultimately lead to the Provincials in Abbotsford on February 8th, 2013. The first took place at the Edge Climbing Centre in North Vancouver on October 26th. Results from that event may be found on the SCBC web site at

Bouldering is one of three disciplines in sport climbing, but unlike Lead – where climbers try to overcome challenges and obstacles to get as high as they can on an 18-metre wall – or Speed – where climbers try to get up a 15-metre wall as fast as they can – Bouldering is done without the aid of ropes (free climbing) as climbers try to solve a series of routes, obstacles and challenges that, at most, take them only 5-6 metres above the gym floor.

Bouldering routes or “problems” require the climber to reach the “top” of a route, usually from a specified start position. Some boulder problems, known as “traverses,” require the climber to climb horizontally from one position to another. In some cases, such moves require extremely dynamic movements from the climber to get from one hold to another.

In competition format, climbers generally are presented with a specified number of routes that they must then complete in a set period of time (e.g., 6 routes in 2.5 hours), with climbers advancing based on the number of routes that they complete and with the difficulty of the completed routes, and particular problems on the routes, also factoring into the scoring process.

Competition at Cliffhanger begins at 8:00 am Saturday with qualifying heats for 12/13, Youth B Girls, Youth A Girls, Junior Girls, and Open Women; at 10:40 am for 11 and under, Youth B Boys, Youth A Boys, Junior Boys, and Open Men; and at 2:10 pm for Recreational and Experienced categories. Finals begin at 6:30pm.

Cliffhanger Climbing Coquitlam is located at 98 Brigantine Drive in Coquitlam, BC. Spectators are welcome and admission to the event is free of charge. Further details can be found on the Cliffhanger web site at or by calling 604-526-2402.

Climber Registration

Please note that all climbers and coaches wishing to participate in the competition must pre-register for the event via the Sport Climbing BC website at Climber Registration price (entry fee) is now $40 + GST up until November 8th (early registration price extended). Coaches’ registration is free but coaches must be members of SCBC to register. Registration will NOT be available at the event.

The full 2013-2104 SCBC Competition Climbing Schedule is presented below:

Bouldering Season

• November 9, 2013 – SCBC Local Bouldering – Cliffhanger Coquitlam (Coquitlam)

• December 7, 2013 – SCBC Local Bouldering – The Hive (Vancouver)

• January 25, 2014 – SCBC Local Bouldering (doubleheader weekend with Difficulty) – The Edge Climbing Centre (North Vancouver)

• February 8, 2014 – SCBC Provincial Bouldering – The Project Climbing Centre (Abbotsford)

Difficulty/Speed Season

• January 26, 2014 – SCBC Local Difficulty (doubleheader weekend with Bouldering) – The Edge Climbing Centre (North Vancouver)

• February 22, 2014 – SCBC Local Difficulty & Speed – The Boulders Climbing Gym (Central Saanich)

• March 15, 2014 – SCBC Local Difficulty – The Richmond Oval (Richmond)

• March 22, 2014 – SCBC Local Difficulty & Speed (no speed ranking) – The Rock Wall (Maple Ridge)

• April 5, 2014 – SCBC Provincial Difficulty & Speed – The Boulders Climbing Gym (Central Saanich)

About Cliffhanger Coquitlam

Established in 2002, Cliffhanger Coquitlam is the second Cliffhanger location in B.C Canada. Owned in part by long time Vancouver Manager Daniel Poggi, Cliffhanger Coquitlam is setting a new standard for indoor rock climbing gyms everywhere. Cliffhanger offers extensive and varied climbing terrain suitable for all skill levels. Further details may be found on their web at

About Sport Climbing Association of British Columbia (SCBC)

The Sport Climbing Association of British Columbia (SCBC) was established in 2012 to be the Provincial Sport Organization for competition climbing in British Columbia and to foster and promote the growth of competition climbing throughout the Province. Learn more at

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Christian J. Stewart
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