Students compete in rock climbing

Shae Bowman/Sun Star Reporter
Nov. 19, 2013

Shae Bowman prepares to belay. Shae Bowman/ Sun Star

Shae Bowman prepares to belay. Shae Bowman/ Sun Star

Over the weekend 15 climbers and I competed in the second annual Top Rope Throwdown competition sponsored by the UAF Department of Recreation and Wellness staff at the UAF rock wall. The competition began at noon on Saturday and lasted for three hours. There were three different divisions each for men and women with prizes for first, second and third place winners in each division.

Jamie Shorey, an Outdoor Adventures Graduate Assistant, was in charge of the competition. She and her staff members spent two days setting up for the competition. The staff removed all the rock holds from the top rope wall and put up all new routes so that nobody would have an advantage of doing the routes before the competition. The competition “required a lot of really hard work, but it was also lots of fun. It is fun and rewarding to see people accomplish challenges they didn’t think they could” Shorey said.

Each route had a point value associated with it and if a climber finished the route without falling off the wall they got those points. At the end of the competition, all the points from various routes a climber completed were tallied together. The person with the highest point score in each division won first place.

I chose to participate because it sounded like a great way to challenge myself. The challenge seemed to inspire climbers to push themselves to succeed at routes they might not be be as inclined to finish on the first or second attempt. “I try harder when I am in competition. I don’t want to let go even though my arms are burning because I want those points”, said UAF alumni Allison Stadig.

Overall most of the climbers were very happy they came out for the completion, including myself. This was the first time I had ever competed in a rock climbing competition and I was very pleased I went.

Lindsey Klueber, the first place winner in the intermediate division said “I feel extremely proud of myself today and I am also very happy with the quality and challenge of the routes.”

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