The Rock Wall of the Wade King Rec Center on the Campus of Western Washington University, saw more than 70 competitors enter the Northwest Collegiate Climbing Challenge Saturday May 2. A bouldering competition comprised of a loose association between the University of Washington, Central Washington University and WWU forms a small league in which competing climbers battle and grapple it out on various color-coded routes worth certain amounts of points. Western is the last stop on the three-school tour. A chance for climbers, beginning or experienced, to come together and just have fun as a community is the goal for the competition, and hopes of a possible future collegiate sport are high.
Western Sophomore Dale Jennings, 19, leaps for a single hold in the finals of the Northwest Colliegiate Climbing Challenge. Jennings made it to the final round with one other climber. Climbers had to complete a series of differeing dynamic movements, or Dynos for short, to move on to the next round in the finals. A dyno occurrs when a climber must leap from one hold to another. University of Washington freshman Bryan Hopkins tries to hang on during the final round of the Northwest Collegiate Climbing Challenge during the dyno competition. Hopkins took first in points in the route climbing section, accruing 3,700. Hopkings regularly competes in USA Climbing competitions and has climbed in nationals in Scotland, Ecuador and Austria 10 times he said. Hopkins works and sets routes at Vertical World, UW's climbing wall. Climber Peter Duane chalks his hands in preparation for one of his climbing routes in the Northwest Collegiate Climbing Challenge; a bouldering competition in the Wade King Rec Center on the campus of Western Washington University Western freshman Peter Duane completes a dyno in the first round of the finals in the Northwest Collegiate Climbing Challenge Saturday May 2 in the Wade King Rec Center on the campus of Western Washington University