Vail Athletic Club climbers compete at regionals; nationals next |

Vail Athletic Club climbers compete at regionals; nationals next

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Pictured, from left, are Vail Athletic Club members Ava Bergsten, coach Larry Moore, Benji Dantas, Cassie Kellen, Aiden Manning, Emma Bergsten, Kyla Wolffe, Brody Nielsen, Oliver Chantler, Lindsey Peterson, Lukas Bergsten and Simon Chantler. Not pictured are coach Mike Kimmel, Ethan Pitcher, Amalia Manning and Logan Peterson. The Vail Athletic Club is sending nine members to the national championships in January.
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VAIL — The Vail Athletic Club sent 14 athletes to the regional bouldering championships in Lehi, Utah, last weekend, and nine of them will now be heading to the divisional championships in Ogden, Utah, in January.

The highly competitive competition at the Momentum climbing gym put climbers up against six different boulder problems, or short climbs, varying in difficulty and style. USA Climbing recently restructured the regions across the states, putting the Western Slope in a new region with Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

Fourth Place Finish

The Vail Athletic Club, as a team, finished fourth at the competition.

“We are so proud of our entire team,” coach Larry Moore said. “Half of our athletes had never even been to a regional championship, and everyone had such a great experience.”

The 14 athletes who competed for Vail Athletic Club were Kyla Wolffe, Cassie Kellen, Lindsey and Logan Peterson, Ethan Pitcher, Brody Nielsen, Benji Dantas, Amalia and Aiden Manning, Oliver and Simon Chantler and Lukas, Emma and Ava Bergsten.

Completing problems, no problem

The competition allows 4 minutes to complete each boulder problem and then a 4-minute rest before the next one, and climbers do not use ropes. Each competitor is not allowed to see the problems until it’s his or her turn.

The Vail Athletic Club recently hosted a bouldering competition with more than 70 competitors traveling from several states. It was the last local competition of the season and was the final qualifying event before regionals.


USA Climbing reports that participation in the Youth Bouldering Regional Championships jumped 23 percent from last year and membership grew 13 percent.

The regional championships were hosted by 16 climbing gyms across the nation and brought nearly 2,500 youth climbers together.

The following Vail Athletic Club athletes qualified for the divisional championships: Benji Dantas (first place), Amalia Manning (second place), Ethan Pitcher (fourth place), Oliver Chantler (fifth place), Simon Chantler (sixth place), Lukas Bergsten (seventh place), Emma Bergsten (eighth place), Brody Nielsen (ninth place) and Ava Bergsten (10th place).

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