In a competition fit for the Coliseum, The Spot Bouldering Gym hosted the final bouldering comp of the season: The Gladiator Season Finals. The series, with previous events Psychedelia, Night of the Rising Sun, and The Gun Show, wrapped up on March 15, 2008, featuring problems ranging from “ultra-easy” to V10. Click Here for PHOTOS OF THE EVENT
The competition showcased climbers from the Denver/Boulder area and teams from as far away as Gunnison, Colorado (a 200+ mile drive). Climbers ranged in age from 7 to 40+ and competed in recreational, intermediate, advanced, and open categories. Chief Routesetter Justen Sjong said, “The competition went really well. We set about 45 problems and had about 90 competitors.”
The men’s and women’s open divisions went to Elliott Bates and Alex Puccio (Puccio won the recent ABS Nationals comp, also held at the Spot, earning her a spot on the United States’ national team at the upcoming bouldering world cup at the Teva Mountain Games this June). Scott Rogers took first place in the men’s advanced division while Dan Nickerson and Luck Holman snatched first in the men’s intermediate and recreational divisions. Courtney Greedy, Danielle Rocks, and Claire Jencks claimed the women’s first place finishes in the advanced, intermediate, and recreational divisions, respectively. Meanwhile Sergei Kiefel, Alex Budd, David Duesbout, Katelyn Hudspeth, Colleen Brents, and Emily Sellers all claimed first place finishes in their divisions. For full results, check out thespotgym.com.
The winner of the Gladiator Season Finals scored a three month membership to the Spot, and over $8,500 in gear was dished out over the course of the comp series, according to Brett Merlin, Sales and Marketing manager for the Spot.
The other comps in the series, in keeping with their themes, featured special events like fire dancing, paintball, and crashpad sumo wrestling; this final competition featured gladiator jousting (with padded weaponry, of course). Although there was no official winner, climbers had a smashing good time knocking each other off the platforms with foam jousts to the pads below.
Next year’s competition series promises to be as fun and exciting as the 2007-2008 season, with three or four competitions on tap. For summer events, visit thespotgym.com.
The sponsors for the 2008 Season Finals were: La Sportiva, Urban Climber, Neptune Mountaineering, Prana, and Avery Brewery.