Buena Vista’s first annual American Bouldering Series event took place Saturday and was a great success, with 27 competitors turning out to compete, 60% of which were kids. Families from the Vail valley to the front range and as far away as Santa Fe came to Buena Vista, many of them to enjoy the novelty of an outdoor bouldering competition (the World Cup at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail is the only other event on the ABS circuit held outside). As one of the competitors said afterwards, “I’d just like to reiterate how much fun we had at the comp. I had my doubts beforehand – but the venue, the route setting, and the attitudes exceeded all expectations. Please have another comp next year!”
As a local qualifier, the event was also a stepping stone for many competitors to events like regionals, then nationals and then worlds. Twelve-year-old Megan Mascarenas of Colorado Springs crushed the entire field and was the over all winner with a total of 20,940 points (check out a short clip featuring Megan here).
Thanks to all the spectators and competitors who made it a super fun, family-friendly event. Special thanks to Mark Krasnow for all the hard work he put into organizing the event on a 100% volunteer basis. Many thanks also to John Clews and Justin Douty for setting most of the routes, and to Ernst Grieve, Dustin Urban and Andre Spino-Smith for setting and testing. We would also like to thank the Trailhead for their support.
All three boulders now have a broad spectrum of excellent problems of all grades, with over 50 problems including the natural lines. Come on down and check them out!
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