Vail Athletic Club Climbing Team celebrates successful season
As summer begins to wind down, the Vail Athletic Club Climbing Team is celebrating a successful season, having recently sent two team members to the USA Climbing National Championships held in Georgia in July.
The team’s competition season started back in May when the team competed at the regional championships in Salt Lake City. Eight local athletes from the Vail Athletic Club Climbing Team qualified to participate in the divisional championships of roped climbing, held in Louisville, in mid-June.
Local athletes include Emma Bergsten, Ava Bergsten, Lukas Bergsten, Amalia Manning, Aiden Manning, Benjamin Dantas, Oliver Chantler and Camille Olson. Each athlete competed in a category of like aged children of the same gender.
These climbers competed on ropes, climbing the 70-foot walls of the host gym, The Front, in two disciplines — difficulty (sport) and speed.
one chance for completion
For the difficulty category, each athlete was given one chance to complete his or her route, with only six minutes to do so. Whoever finishes, or gets the highest on the climb, gets the most points. Each climber had three routes to complete and the highest score won.
For speed climbing, it is like any other race, whoever has the fastest time wins. For this discipline, all climbers run up the exact same route, of easier difficulty, with a focus on speed.
As a team, the VAC Climbing Team, which is one of the smallest gyms in the nation, placed second at regionals. Eight out of the 12 athletes on the team qualified to advance to divisionals, where the team placed second, with one third the number of athletes as the first-place team.
The competition is used to determine which athletes will receive an invitation to the national championships, with only the top six athletes of each age category earning a spot to compete in Atlanta. The team climbed hard at divisionals — Manning finished 17th, Chantler 15th, Manning 11th, Ava Bergsten ninth, Emma s Bergsten seventh, Lukas Bergsten seventh and Dantas fourth. Olson was unable to attend the event, as she was traveling with her family that weekend.
Both Lukas Bergsten and Dantas qualified for the USA Climbing National Championships and traveled to represent the VAC at this prestigious event.
“In an extremely strong field of climbers, both athletes faced an incredible challenge and worked hard to represent the Vail Valley. Benji finished 31st in the nation and Lukas finished 50th in the nation, at his first ever national championships. Congratulations to all of these exceptional athletes,” said Larry Moore, the climbing team’s coach.
For more information regarding climbing at the Vail Athletic Club, local competitions and the youth climbing team, please contact Larry Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.