The adaptive climbing competition movement, referred to as “Paraclimbing”, here in the United States, took a huge step forward on February 23, 2013. USA Climbing offered Paraclimbing divisions for Males and Females as part of the Citizens’ National Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The competition was redpoint style, challenging competitors to log their best 5 boulder problems (of 40 to choose from) on their scorecard in three hours, and was held alongside able-bodied competitors with no special modifications to the problems.
|Cranking down hard.....|
|Kareemah enjoying the day's challenges.|
|Corey wishing he was missing the left leg instead of the right on A9....|
|Getting high above the crowd on A6|
|Can't even say how much I love this group!|
|The climbing wall and crowd at the Mountain Games.|
|Craig getting it on problem A6|
|Scoping out the climbs.|
Paraclimbing Committee Chairman Craig Demartino (bronze medalist at the 2012 Paraclimbing World Championships) notes, “2013 has been the year to establish the building blocks and foundation of the program. The events chosen were easy to implement among the lower limb amputee climbing population. 2014 will be a much more ambitious year in which we hope to offer many more categories within the Paraclimbing Division and also host a Paraclimbing National Champinships. To this point, that we will have a much stronger representation at the 2014 Paraclimbing World Championships, which will be held in Gijon, Spain.
If you are interested in more information about USA Climbing’s Paraclimbing offerings, please contact Craig Demartino at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ronnie Dickson at email@example.com
For more information about USA Climbing, please contact Ally Kupcewicz (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (303) 499-0715.
|Corey Ramos getting his flagpole on....|
|My not quite as good flagpole.....|