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South Shore climbing festival continues to grow

A celebration of rock climbing at Lake Tahoe will continue to expand awareness of lesser-known bouldering areas at the South Shore when it returns for a third year this weekend.

This year, the South Lake Tahoe/Meyers Climbing Festival & Bouldering competition is centered at FunBags Adventure Park near the Upper Truckee River Saturday afternoon. The bouldering competition portion of the event takes place at climbing areas in and around South Lake Tahoe.

“Over 100 climbs will be included in the contest ranging from 5.6 to V12 and beyond,” according to an email from organizer Joshua Welch. “Limited guides will be included in the competition format. Follow local groups to new and exclusive areas, and even climb new problems.”

The contest invites participation from all ability levels and is designed to get friends and spectators into the act.

“We have specifically designed the contest for all ability levels making is fun and challenging for the beginners or the pros,” Welch said. “This unique format allows V12 climbers the ability to cheer on V0 climbers and is easily accessible for spectators, friends and the community to attend.”

The festival portion of the event at FunBags Adventure Park will include live music, local food and beer, a 5 p.m. dyno competition highlighting dynamic climbing moves and booths from local adventure and climbing businesses. A slack line park will also be set up at the adventure park.

More than 300 people attended last year’s festival, exceeding expectations, Welch said.

“As a local to the area I have spent a great deal of time rock climbing in the South Lake Tahoe region and sharing my passion with others,” Welch said. “With so many people with a common interest, and the fantastic venue for bouldering offered in the Meyers area, it seems natural to put on an event to bring the community together. My vision is to develop this event as one of the premier climbing festivals and competition in the nation.”

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Sep 27, 2013 03:13PM Published Sep 25, 2013 02:28PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.