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Allison Vest Third into Semi’s – The North American Cup Series

The North American Cup Series has begun in Salt Lake City. Allison Vest looks strong into Semi-finals and Alex Puccio returns to competition.

Although competition fanatics will have to wait just under two weeks for another Bouldering World Cup, The North American Cup Series began yesterday in Salt Lake City.

The Series consists of five stops (featured below) across North America and serves to unite American and Canadian climbers in a friendlier bout of competition. Naturally, the stakes still stand high as competitors seek to test themselves against some of the world’s best athletes. Still, the series works more to push advanced and elite athletes in a new type of competition as competitive climbing becomes a more established sport.

The event this weekend kicks off at the USA Climbing National Training Centre in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Qualification event concluded yesterday with numerous high-profile names moving on into the semi-finals.

US national speed record holder Emma Hunt has entered the semi-final round with five tops and five zones. These results match both second and third placed athletes Alex Puccio and Allison Vest.

After a sabbatical from competition, audiences will enjoy watching the American Champion retake the stage. Similarly, Canadian audiences will cheer for Vest, Canada’s defending National Bouldering Champion. Vest tied Puccio in attempts to Top and attempts to Zone.

The Men’s field features a similarly strong set of climbers heading into the semi-final round. First and second positions heading into semi-finals went to Zach Galla and Chris Cosser. Separated by attempts, it will become interesting to see how the generally challenging semi-final round shakes these two athletes. Charles Barron entered the competition in third position with five tops and six zones followed quickly by Kai Lightner in fourth.

As with the World Cups, 20 athletes per gender will enter the Semi-final round. Six athletes will then move through to Finals.

The semi-final round will begin at 12:30 pm EST this afternoon, June 13. Finals will begin at 7:00 pm EST.

Women Advancing to Semi-Finals:

1 : Emma Hunt

2 : Alex Puccio

2 : Allison Vest

4 : Maya Madere

5 : Sienna Kopf

6 : Cloe Coscoy

7 : Sierra Blair-Coyle

8 : Lily Gurdison

9 : Isis Rothfork

10 : Morgan Tadje

11 : Kerry Scott

12 : Thea Wulff

12 : Bimini Horstmann

14 : Kaitlyn Bone

15 : Grace Ryan

16 : Quinn Mason

17 : Genevieve (Matti) Dennis

18 : Isabel Gifford

19 : Madeline Morris

20 : Nekaia Sanders

20 : Autumn Lloyd

Men Advancing to Semi-Finals:

1 : Zach Galla

2 : Christopher Cosser

3 : Charles Barron

4 : Kai Lightner

5 : Carlo Traversi

6 : AJ Flynn

7 : Ben Hanna

8 : Stefan Fellner

9 : Ross Fulkerson

10 : Anthony Lesik

11 : Nicholas Milburn

12 : Marco Giacomangeli

13 : Quinn O’Francia

14 : Adam Shahar

15 : Timothy Kang

16 : Gabriel Galen

17 : Joe Goodacre

18 : Palmer Larsen

19 : Solomon Barth

20 : Brian Squire

Dates and Locations of The North American Cup Series

  • USA Climbing National Training Center, Salt Lake City, Utah: Bouldering – June 12th – 13th, 2021
  • Altitude Gym, Kanata, Ontario: Bouldering – July 17th – 18th, 2021 (POSTPONED)
  • Stone Age Climbing Gym, Albuquerque, New Mexico: Bouldering, Lead, Speed – August 25-29, 2021
  • Reach Climbing and Fitness, Bridgeport, PA: Lead, Speed – September 17th – 19th, 2021
  • Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond, British Columbia: Lead, Speed – October 8th – 10th, 2021