Rec center climbing wall will host six contests this winter starting Friday |

Rec center climbing wall will host six contests this winter starting Friday

BRECKENRIDGE – The fact that only eight climbers came to the inaugural bouldering competition at the Breckenridge Recreation Center last year didn’t stop organizers from going ahead with the idea of a local climbing series.

This year, the rec center will host six American Bouldering Series (ABS) competitions, starting with Friday’s opener at 6 p.m. The contests will take place on the second Friday of every month through March. Climbers will have the opportunity to move on to the regional and national competitions sanctioned by the ABS.

The rec center wall area can hold about 50 competitors, and climbing director Nate Love hopes to fill it with both local climbers and out-of-town competitors.

“We’ve seen bouldering explode on the scene in the last few years, and we’d like to jump in and fuel the fire,” Love said. “It’s for the bouldering community to have some fun together.”

Bouldering does not involve ropes, and takes place no more than 12 feet off the floor. All six ABS competitions will be bouldering events. The rec center will host a bigger, top-rope climbing contest April 26, sanctioned by the U.S. Competitive Climbing Association (USCCA).

All skill levels are welcome Friday. There will be 40 routes set up of varying degrees of difficulty. A competitor’s best five completed climbs will count toward a final score. The more difficult routes yield higher scores.

Those interested can register at the rec center Friday up until 5:30 p.m. Rec center members can compete for free. There is a $12 registration fee for non-members.

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