2018 North American Ice Climbing Championships Recap.

This past weekend thirty two athletes from 4 countries competed at the North American Ice Climbing Championships/Great Lakes Mixed Comp in Fenton Michigan.  

The competition started off on Saturday morning with a flash format for a combined men's and women's qualifying round. Athletes had four minutes to climb each route and 4 minutes to rest for the next route for a total of 5 routes.  The experience level of the athletes ranged from youth athletes competing for their first time to seasoned World Cup athletes.

In the afternoon, the speed competition commenced on plywood speed structures instead of ice, due to the warm weather that melted the ice a couple weeks prior. The competition was a duel format. Americans Kevin Lindlau and Catalina Shirley took first place for men and women respectively.

Sunday morning brought warm, spring like weather and the lead semi-finals competition. Male and female competitors lead up through the unique structure supported by an old crane.  The routes consisted of mostly Korean drytooling holds and a volume (feature added to the climbing wall) that was used in the 2018 Hohhot World Cup competition in China.

Eight male and six female finalists progressed to the final round of lead climbing in the afternoon. The women's route made full use of one side of the arched structure and the men's route start included downclimbing the start of the Women's route and then ascending another set of holds into the steepest part of the structure, where the two routes came together. Rebecca Lewis of Canada took first place for women and Kevin Lindlau of USA took first place for men.  

For the full competition results, please visit the Competition Results Page

Men's Lead Podium

1st Place - Kevin Lindlau

2nd Place - Liam Foster

3rd Place - David Bouffard

 

Women's Lead Podium

1st Place - Rebecca Lewis

2nd Place - Angela Limbach

3rd Place - Georgia Witchel

 

Men's Speed Podium

1st Place - Kevin Lindlau

2nd Place - Liam Foster

3rd Place - David Bouffard

 

Women's Speed Podium

1st Place -  Catalina Shirley

2nd Place - Georgia Witchel

3rd Place - Angela Limbach

  

 Rebecca Lewis working her way towards first place on the Women's Finals route.

Rebecca Lewis working her way towards first place on the Women's Finals route.

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David Bouffard climbing the Men's semifinal lead route. David took third place in the men's lead competition.

 Men's Lead and Speed Podium

Men's Lead and Speed Podium

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Women's Lead Podium

 

We would like to thank all of the volunteers who graciously donated their time and effort to ensure that the athletes and spectators had an enjoyable event.

Event Organizer

Kendra Stritch

Head Judge

Dirk Tyler

Aspirant Judge

Kendra Stritch

Head Route Setter

Nathan Kutcher

Assistant Route Setter

Neil Gowan