Westminster College students of all skill levels and backgrounds gathered in the Dolores Dore Eccles Health, Wellness and Athletic Center (HWAC) to compete in the college’s 11th annual indoor rock climbing competition on Nov. 15.
Hyped up by a cheering crowd, students competed in a series of “heats,” wherein climbers were grouped together based on their skill level to allow for maximum time on the climbing wall.
While technically a competition, the event was designed to be fun and inclusive for everybody involved.
“It was a cool, mellow feel,” said 20-year-old outdoor education and leadership (OEL) major Sam Untersee, who participated in the competition. “[It was] more fun than competitive […] I just appreciate these competitions bringing everybody together to boulder for an hour or two.”
Climbers were not the only ones who got to enjoy the fun. Route setters like OEL major Sean Meehan, had their own fun designing the layout of Westminster’s indoor bouldering wall for the competition.
“I’m really excited about the collaboration route between me and my buddy Jake up on the right side of the cave,” said 20-year-old Meehan. “Some cool, flowy moves. Lookin’ hella solid.”
The competition, which was limited to bouldering, climbing that does not involve gear or ropes,was also attended by a host of spectators who cheered the climbers on as they figured out each problem.
Neuroscience major Lauren Dunphy and public health major Smoki Suckla, both 20 years old, were among those in attendance to support their friends.
“I’m definitely here cheering on Ellie Brown,” Dunphy said.
“Ditto. I’m cheering on my best friend and roommate, Ellie Brown,” Suckla said.
Dunphy said the event was “a nice, friendly competition that allow[ed] everybody to showcase their abilities and skills.”