Up, up and away …
The Vail Athletic Club’s Youth Rock Climbing Team is sending nine members of its competitive team to the Regional Bouldering competition in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
The team is coached by Larry Moore, who formed the team this fall after many summers of running youth rock climbing programs. Only two competitors from each age group will qualify for the national competition in February. Luke Rasmussen and Zach Bailey will be competing in the Male Youth B category, Simon Knoble and Erik Warmenhoven in the Male Youth C, Nina Riggio, Eva Spaeh and Athena Janssen in the Female Youth C category and Merisa and Anthony Riggio for the Female and Male Youth D.
Although the region that includes Colorado is one of the most competitive with some of the strongest climbers in the U.S., the team is confident it will do well. So far this season, team members have dominated the local Colorado competitions and are hoping to do the same in Salt Lake City. Good luck to all.