By Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
November 13, 2013, Central Saanich, BC – It was a banner day last Saturday, November 2nd, for climbers from the Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich, as no less than thirteen local climbers reached the podium at the second Sport Climbing Association of British Columbia (SCBC) Bouldering competition that was held at the Cliffhanger Climbing Centre in Coquitlam.
Leading the way for the Boulders team with first place finishes in their respective categories were Brennan Doyle (Youth D), Aidan Doyle (Youth C), Jamie Besteman (Recreational Female), Marc-Andre Lacroix (Recreational Male) and Tristan Gosselin (Junior Male).
Second place finishes went to Stephen Anderson (Experienced Male), Hanna Schmidt (Recreational Female), Jeremy Moss (Recreational Male), Alison Funk (Youth A) and Robert Stewart-Patterson (Junior Male).
Third place finishes went to Ashleigh Hawes (Recreational Female), Alison Stewart-Patterson (Open Female), and Evelyna Trottier (Junior Female).
Also faring well with fourth place finishes were Elena Moss (Youth B Female), Melanie Hess (Recreational Female), and Ryder Hoy (Open Male).
Saturday’s competition at Cliffhanger was 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.
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 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 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, 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.
Kimanda Jarzebiak, Chair of the Boulders, was ecstatic about the competition’s results, “I was really pleased at how well our entire Boulders team competed. It was a great start to what I hope will continue to be an awesome season.”
The Boulders Climbing team will look to build upon this success at the next SCBC Bouldering competition which takes place on December 7, 2013 at The Hive Climbing Gym in Vancouver.
About The Boulders Climbing Gym
The Boulders Climbing Gym is a not-for-profit society, with the mandate of making climbing accessible for everyone, regardless of ability or ability to pay. With over 13,000 square feet (1,208 square metres) of climbing space, The Boulders Climbing Gym is a community facility and a unique social enterprise, providing adaptive recreation and rehabilitation programs, youth recreational and competitive programs, as well as facilitating a climbing academy at Stellys Secondary School. All instructors are certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. See www.climbtheboulders.com for more details.