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Allison Vest Comes Second At Boulderfest North in Minneapolis

Boulderfest North took place this weekend at Minneapolis Bouldering Project (MBP). This was the gym’s first big comp held as a community event in the style of its sister Bouldering Project gyms in Austin and Seattle.

For the third time, head route setters from each gym – Chad Walker (SBP), Christine Deyo (ABP) and Canadian transplant Ayo Sopeju (MBP) – teamed up with a crew to set a final round of creative and tough boulders to challenge the top-tier athletes who showed up to compete.

The setters

Canada’s Allison Vest threw down in a very strong field of women, including seasoned competitor Alex Johnson and Kyra Condie, who finished 13th overall on the 2018 IFSC World Cup bouldering circuit. Not to mention Michaela Kiersch, who won the previous Bouldering Project comp in Seattle last month.

Kiersch took the top spot once again on Saturday; she was the only competitor to finish two problems. The rest of the women all had one top, so ranking was determined by count backs and attempts. Vest’s flash of boulder four landed her in second place and Abigail York, who also flashed the problem, came third.

Condie and Johnson ended up in a very close 4th and 5th respectively. Interestingly, if the scoring had counted bonuses (zones) before attempts to top, as per the new IFSC rules, the final ranking would have been shuffled quite a bit.

For the men, Drew Ruana won the event with two tops, and the only send of problem three. Sean Bailey finished second with some impressive climbing, and Noah Ridge rounded out the podium in third. The problems were a tiny bit hard, but the climbing was still excellent.

And according to emcee Pete Woods, the Minneapolis crowd “was the best yet… They were amazing. Stayed involved the whole time… there was close to 500 people watching!”

Men’s Podium

Final Results Men/Women
Drew Ruana/Michaela Kiersch
Sean Bailey/Allison Vest
Noah Ridge/Abigail York
Weijing Tilleskjor/Kyra Condie
Kyle Struthers/Alex Johnson