On Sunday, February 22nd, 2009, in Rochester, MN, The Minnesota Climbers Association (MCA) presents the 2009 Best of the Midwest Bouldering Challenge (BoMBC) hosted by Prairie Walls Bouldering Gym. The BoMBC is an ABS format competition with over 100 routes on Prairie Walls’ state of the art textured boulders, some of which are free-standing. The BoMBC is a chance for climbers throughout the Midwest to come together and climb in a fun and unique indoor environment.
This year the MCA is also holding a contest for a new BoMBC logo. Submissions can be submitted to email@example.com until January 18th, 2009. More details are available on the MCA website at www.mnclimbing.com.
All proceeds of the BoMBC go to the MCA for annual activities such as crag clean-ups, Access Fund support, and clinics at the Sandstone Ice Festival. The MCA is a non-profit organization; their mission is to organize the efforts of the climbing community in the region, provide a forum for communication between government and climbers, and coordinate organized efforts for the enhancement of the climbing community and its resources. MCA members and the Midwest climbing community help make our climbing areas safe and fun. MCA is a resource and guide for all members of the climbing community who want to make their crags better.
In 2007 the MCA was awarded the Adopt-a-Crag Conservation Award by the Access Fund and CLIF Bar. The MCA organized six Adopt-a-Crag events in a five-month period in both Minnesota and Wisconsin at Ely’s Peak, Taylor Falls, Barn Bluff, the North Shore, and Willow River. Average turnout was 30 participants contributing 110 total volunteer hours at each event. Projects included anchor replacements, trail maintenance, trash cleanup, and tree planting.