Bouldering competition stretches climbers to their limits in Smithers

The Bulkley Valley Regional Pool hosted a bouldering competition with climbers young and old trying to conquer the knuckle busting routes.

Last week the Bulkley Valley Regional Pool hosted one of their yearly bouldering competitions that saw a number of climbers young and old take to the wall as they tried to conquer the knuckle busting routes.

“We had a huge turn out,” said organizer Heather Berry.

“All the kids left with smiles on their faces and all the adults left with the intent to come back and finish the roots they didn’t conquer.”

The bouldering competitions are a way for climbers to get back into shape after the long winter before heading out for the first climbs of the season.

During the week the BV Pool even hosts monkey climbs for kids and the bouldering competitions is a way to get them stoked about climbing culture and a way to practice what they have learned.

“This gives them the skills and the opportunity to use what they have learned in a competition setting,” said Berry.

In the open division Don Kindrat placed first, followed by Matt Reid in second and Christian Bichlmaier in third.

Adam Kindrat finished first in the youth category.

In the Kids division, Ryan Kindrat was first, followed by Lowen Beck in second and Caitlyn Gillis in third. The BV Pool would like to thank their sponsors Dawn2Dusk, Gripped Magazine,Valhalla, RAW Contracting, Big Smiles, Interior Stationary, Shoppers, Rayz and Heartstrings for all their support.