Climbers reach for the top
Photo: Rock Garden Climbing Center/Rayne Wildwood
Okanagan climbers crushed it at the recent Sport Climbing British Columbia Boulder Provincials in Vernon.
A field of 82 youth climbers from across BC competed at the Rock Garden Climbing Center on April 16th.
The Okanagan was well represented on the podium.
Vernon climber Nathaniel Smith took first place in the Youth B Male category while teammate Aiden Forsyth placed 6th. Sloane Betker of Kelowna (Youth B female) and Tomas Korvin of Penticton (Youth D male) both took second place.
Eileen Cid-Langlois of Kelowna also made it onto the podium with third place in the Youth D Female category.
Other top finishers include Jada Wells (fourth), Peyton Betker (fifth) and Maisie Ainslie (sixth) from Kelowna in Youth C female and Isaiah McCrea (Youth C male) from Vernon who finished fifth.
There were three runs for each of the age categories: Youth D (11 and under), Youth C (12-13 years) and Youth B (14-15 years).
The participants had two hours to successfully climb eight different boulder problems in as few attempts as possible.
During the qualifying rounds, competitors could watch their fellow climbers climb, but the top 36 competitors in the finals could not.
Youth B and older climbers are now training for the National Championships, which are held in Montreal on May 19-21 for bouldering and May 22-23 for lead climbing.
Team BC from the Okanagan is represented by Smith and Betker along with Youth A teammates Caiya Taylor-Ainslie and Cooper Wakefield (Kelowna) and Hannah Musgrave (Penticton).