WWU Climbing Competition

Western Washington University hosted a collegiate Rock Climbing Competition Saturday Feb. 1, in the University’s Wade-King Rec Center.

Universities from all over Washington state and a few from neighboring states competed against each other in a series of categories. The competition lasted from 9 a.m. until about 8 p.m. allowing each heat two-and-a-half hours to climb.

“It is hard to keep climbing for two hours,” Western climber, Stewart Bell said.

The climbers earned points for every route that they completed, with more difficult routes totaling higher point values.

“For a climber to win, they add up the top five routes that they did,” Western climber Isabelle Muth said. “The climber with the highest number of points wins.”

Both first place spots for Men’s Beginners and Women’s Beginners went to Western climbers Stewart Bell and Jeanne Caron-Guron respectively.

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