While the annual ABS Nationals bouldering competition seems to generate a lot of buzz among competitors and spectators alike, the yearly SCS Nationals sport climbing competition always seems to be a bit more under the radar. Normally the event is scheduled to coincide with the annual winter Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City which tends to give it some boost both in profile and in the caliber of climbers who compete, however things are a bit different this year. The event has been moved to Boulder, CO’s Movement Climbing & Fitness and it takes place this weekend.
The Women’s field is relatively small but quite stacked with 2010 winner Sasha DigGiulian (who is in pretty good shape right now), multi-time winner Emily Harrington who is getting back into shape and Paige Claassen all scheduled to compete.
The Men’s side is a bit more difficult to judge with most of the well-known American male sport climbers not competing (Sharma, Graham, Kinder, Siegrist, etc.). Past winners Magnus Midtbø and Carlo Traversi are likely to compete however and there are loads of other strong guys registered so it will be interesting to see how things shake out.
Unfortunately the event is not being streamed live online anywhere that I am aware of, so unless you’re in Boulder you’ll just have to wait for the highlight video. If you are in Boulder, tickets for finals are $10 and more details can be found here.
Anyone planning on attending the event?? Anyone have a prediction for who will win?? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Here are the highlight videos from last year: