First Competition of the Season

Last weekend with the help of USA Ice Climbing, the University of Minnesota at Duluth (UMD) held their inaugural dry tooling competition. The event brought in many first time drytoolers along with experienced locals. World Cup ice climber Carter Strtich was able to take his knowledge as a climber and apply it as a route setter. β€œIt was cool to see competitors try to figure out the routes. It was especially interesting to see the creative ways a few of the beginners took the holds!” The event offered a variety of routes geared towards first time climbers, as well as difficult routes for those up for the challenge.

The Recreational Sports Outdoor Program (RSOP) climbing wall offered a supportive environment for all athletes as well as a great space for spectators from the second floor balcony. The top two competitors for male and female adult and male and female U21 were awarded prizes supplied by the American Alpine Club Twin Cities Chapter and Naf Glass of Lake Superior Art Glass. A huge congratulations to all competitors for their effort and to the volunteers that helped make this event a success!

Men's Adult
1st Alex Ristow
2nd Johnny Sweicichowski
2nd Kevin Taralseth
3rd Sean Gottesleben

Men's U21
1st Tanner Cull
2nd David Hernandez
3rd Nathan Kamm

Women's Adult
1st Sarah Vanderheiden
2nd Mikayla Haynes
3rd Hope H.

Women's U21
1st Clair Poppendeck