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Boulderdash Climbing Competition

2016 Belmont Boulderdash

Boulderdash, Fitness and Recreation’s longest standing fitness tradition, completed the latest edition of the annual climbing competition.   Celebrating the 13th year, this year’s competition featured 26 climbers competing on 24 routes designed and built by student staff to challenge climbers of all skill levels.  The top three highest scorers then competed in a final challenge to determine winners.

Beginning in the spring of 2003, Boulderdash is a climbing competition that aims to test man and woman against a wall and gravity all while building the outdoor community.  The competition goal is to earn the most points by completing various routes and boulder problems.   Senior Parker Pace, junior Peter Rachels and sophomores Alex Sanchez and Hannah Peterson, set the 12 competition top rope routes and 12 boulder problems to increasingly challenge climbers with skills ranging from recreational climber to advanced climber.  This year 26 climbers participated in the competition with another 65 who participated in a Christian Faith Development convocation presentation by Father Dexter Brewer of Christ the King.  Father Dexter told of his experience and trek to the base camp of Mt. Everest and the spiritual journey that took him to the roof of the world and back.  

“I think one of the best things was to see everyone come together as a community and celebrate the challenges we were all able to conquer,” said sophomore competitor Christina Farber.  “It didn’t matter what skill level anyone was climbing at, everyone was challenged and everyone got to walk away feeling accomplished.” 

This year’s winners were junior Josh Moss in the men’s division and senior Maya Fields in the women’s division.  The event was sponsored by local businesses including Chago’s, Climb Nashville, Adventureworks, Lightning 100’s Team Green Adventures, and The Crag in Cool Springs.  These sponsors contributed around $800 in prizes and food for the evening.   Farber concluded with, “It was a great privilege to compete with everyone cheering each other on and having great spirit.”  Be on the look out for the 14th edition of Boulderdash in the spring of 2017 as well as other programs this spring semester from Outdoor Recreation.