Kamloops, BC – The first sanctioned competition under the newly formed Sport Climbing Association of British Columbia (SCBC) is set to take place this Saturday, October 26th, with a Bouldering competition at The Edge Climbing Centre in North Vancouver.
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 in Difficulty, Bouldering and Speed climbing disciplines.
Saturday’s competition at The Edge is the first of four local sanctioned Bouldering competitions that will ultimately lead to Bouldering Provincials in Abbotsford on February 8th, 2013.
Bouldering is one of three disciplines in sport climbing, but unlike Difficulty – 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 ropes for back-up 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.
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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 this weekend’s Bouldering competition format, climbers 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). Climbers are ranked based on the number of routes that they complete, and the number of attempts taken to complete each route.
Competition at The Edge begins at 9:00 am Saturday with qualifying heats for the Open, Junior and Youth A categories. The single round of competition for the Youth B, C, and D, Experienced and Recreational categories begins at 12:00 noon. Finals for Open Men and Women begin at 7:00 pm.
The Edge Climbing Centre is located at #2-1485 Welch Street in North Vancouver. Spectators are welcome and admission to the event is free of charge. Further details on the event can be found on the Edge web site at http://www.edgeclimbing.com or by calling 604-984-9080.
Please note that all climbers and coaches wishing to participate in the competition must pre-register for the event by October 24th via the Sport Climbing BC website at http://www.sportclimbingbc.ca. Climber registration is $50 while coaches are free. Registration will NOT be available at the event.
The full 2013-2104 SCBC Competition Climbing Schedule is presented below:
· October 26, 2013 – SCBC Local Bouldering – The Edge Climbing Centre (North Vancouver)
· 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)
· 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 The Edge Climbing Centre
Located in North Vancouver British Columbia, the Edge Climbing Centre offers over 15,000 square feet of indoor climbing surface and provide a range of climbing programs for persons of all ages and abilities. Visit www.edgeclimbing.com for more information.
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 www.sportclimbingbc.ca.
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