Going for bold

Campbell River’s landmark recreation facility, On The Rocks Climbing Gym, hosted the V4-Vendetta Bouldering Competition two Saturdays ago.

Campbell River’s landmark recreation facility, On The Rocks Climbing Gym, hosted the successful V4-Vendetta Bouldering Competition two Saturdays ago.

Fifty rock climbers from the Island and the Lower Mainland converged on the city for a day of friendly competition.

The competitors spent two and a half hours challenging themselves, physically and mentally, on the thirty-five routes unveiled that morning. Number one being the easiest – 35 being extremely difficult. Categories ranged from Youth Beginner (Easy) to Adult Open (Very Hard).

Local climbers excelled amongst the strong competition, with Campbell River resident, Kirsty Graham placing first in the Female Adult Experienced and Leo Pontier, a Grade 12 Carihi student, placing second in a strong field in the Male Youth Open category.

The competitors enjoyed the excellent facility, the challenging, technical routes and the friendliness of On the Rocks Climbing Gym – which enjoys a great reputation in the region. The event ended with prizes and a chili supper, where participants exchanged stories and “beta” – lingo for tips on how they solved the routes.

Bouldering is a climbing discipline which uses no ropes or technical equipment except climbing shoes and a bag of chalk. To find out more about climbing visit or call On the Rocks Climbing Gym – 1980 North Island Highway or (250) 287-7625. Visit www.ontherocksclimbing gym.com for more information.