Climb to the top: 6th Annual Tahoe Bouldering Competition on Saturday, Sept. 17
Climbing and bouldering enthusiasts – this is the weekend to get your fix. On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Sixth Annual Tahoe Bouldering Competition comes to Meyers, featuring a variety of activities.
“There’s two parts: the dyno comp, which is really a great spectator part – that’ll start about 5 p.m. The actual bouldering part goes on all day long out in the forest,” said Jen Bloch, who, along with her husband Chris, is organizing the event for the second year.
The competition, sponsored by BaseCamp Reno and Barton Health and hosted by CrossFit 6250’, begins at 8 a.m. with bouldering.
“The climbing areas rotate every year. You’ll see some of the same climbing areas as last year, but we also removed some and put different ones in their places. It remains a secret until the day of the competition to keep the playing field even,” Chris said.
From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., competitors work to complete as many climbs as possible in order to earn maximum points.
“Each climb has a grade or rating on the V scale, and there’s a certain score that’s associated with each of those climbs. So a person can look at their guide and say, ‘I’m in a category of V3 to V5.’ Your strategy is to do as many top climbs as possible in the day,” Jen explained.
The climbing festival, which features live music, food and beer, kicks off at 3 p.m. Don’t get too caught up in the festivities that you miss the dyno competition at 5 p.m., which is sure to be a spectator highlight. According to Chris, the dyno portion of the event can be compared to a best trick competition in skateboarding.
“Climbers jump for holds that are not only hard to grab, but also far away. It showcases the gymnastic abilities of the climbers. It’s a continuous climbing format where you have four rounds of climbers and each person gets 20 seconds to see how many of these climbs they can complete.
This format makes it so the courses, the climbs, are set where they look hard and there will be continuous action so it’ll keep spectators involved,” Chris said.
To prepare for the event, treat it like any normal day of climbing. Competitors are responsible for bringing their own gear.
“Be sensitive and mindful of how many people are at each particular rock. If you see a lot of people at that area, consider moving down to the next area. It’s a national forest and we need to be sensitive to that,” Chris said.
Registration is $40, and includes lunch from Verde Mexican Rotisserie, in addition to climbing prizes, an event tank top and raffle ticket. The raffle, held at 6 p.m., offers community prizes such as gym memberships, yoga passes and climbing swag. Approximately 100 competitors and 300 spectators are expected to come out to the event, which is open to all ages.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Access Fund to Save Donner Summit and to the Mitch Underhill Foundation.
“I’m excited to see the community come together. Everyone will be in the same place at the same time. It becomes a really cool social event and a reunion as well.
“If you’re a beginner or an expert, this is an event that caters to everybody. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I encourage everyone to come out,” Chris said.
CrossFit 6250’ is located at 3008 US-50. For more information, visit http://www.tahoebouldering.com.