Weekend Preview: Feb 21

The past 2 weekends have been filled with nationals coverage from ABS Open, CEC Youth and ABS Youth. The northeast has kept busy with lots of local comps and we aren’t letting up this Saturday! Seven gyms are hosting comps covering three disciplines. Where will you be going?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Crimpin’ Ain’t Easy – Grand River Rocks, Kitchener, ON
Cost: $45
Climbing: Rec, Exp, Youth: 10:00am – 1:00pm, Open: 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Finals: 6:00pm
Categories: Rec, Exp, Youth, Open

The next TdB is here! As the event poster says, “Do your part. Compete.” Bring your A game, because you might find yourself climbing next to a newly crowned CEC Youth National Champion!

Feats of Strength X – The Cliffs, Valhalla, NY
Cost: $35 pre-registered, $45 day of, $5 discount for Cliffs gym members
Climbing: 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Finals: 6:30pm
Categories: Nov, Int, Adv, Open, Masters (40+), Co-ed Youth (12 & U, 13 – 15)

Feats is back for the tenth time and it’s going to be huge! $2500 cash purse for Open. Tons of prizes for all other categories. First 100 registrants get a free event tank top. This comp is always a great time and the atmosphere during finals is electric, don’t miss out!

Quebec Cup Stop 1 Junior & Senior – Allez Up, Montreal, QC
Climbing: Youth C & D: 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Youth A, B, Junior, Open: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Categories: Open, Junior, Youth A, B, C & D

This stop on the Quebec Cup tour is a speed climbing comp for all ages.

comp – Kent State University, Kent, OH
Cost: $30
Climbing: 10:30am – 4:30pm (split into 2 flights)

This comp is part of the University Climbing Series (formerly the University Bouldering Series). There will be a free pizza lunch for all competitors from 12:30pm – 2:00pm.

Heart Burn – Philadelphia Rock Gym, East Falls, PA
Cost: $44.50 pre-registered, $49.50 day of, $5 discount for PRG members
Climbing: Youth: 10:00am – 1:00pm, Citizens/Open: 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Finals: 8:30pm
Categories: Youth D, C, B, A & Jr, Beg, Int, Adv, Open

This bouldering comp is the 3rd event in the Burn Series and takes place at the newest PRG facility. The Burns are fun comps to climb in and the finals are always a good show featuring some of the best climbers in the country (as evidenced by their results at ABS Youth Nats this past weekend)!

The Crux – Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Cost: $10 Drexel students, $15 non-Drexel students
Climbing: 11:45pm – 10:00pm
Categories: Beg, Int, Adv

This bouldering comp is part of the Philadelphia Collegiate Climbing Series. Each category has a separate time to climb, so double check the schedule for what time you will be climbing. Entry fee has to paid in CASH at the door. There will be finals following the conclusion of the Adv category.

Allez – Crimper’s Climbing Gym, Christiansburg, VA
Cost: $30 pre0-registered, $35 day of
Climbing: 9:00am – 12:00pm, 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Categories: CCS, co-ed youth, Beg, Int, Adv

This is a redpoint format top-rope/lead comp. The morning session is a USAC CCS santioned comp. The afternoon session is a citizens comp for adults & kids. You must be lead certified at Crimper’s to compete in lead. You may only enter one of the comps, you may not climb in both sessions. There will be trophies for the winner in each category and a raffle at the conclusion of the comp.

After much internal debate (the struggle is real:/) about where to go this weekend, I signed up for the TdB in Toronto. This will be my first trip to Grand River Rocks and I can’t wait! This decision go me thinking though…when I first started competing, only a few short years ago, I never had problems like this one. I usually had to wait weeks between comps, not agonize over which one I was going to attend, because there were so many on the same day. The sport is definitely growing! I love that so many more people have the opportunity to get involved, at every level, at every age.

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