Season 5 of the American Bouldering Series is underway!


10/09/03 - Carbondale, Colorado: The American Bouldering Series 5 (ABS5), the world’s largest climbing competition series and grassroots event, gets underway this month with competitions at gyms across the country. ABS5 features 140 grassroots bouldering competitions at gyms in 37 states and provinces, including a ranking system and three National Championship events that determine the 2004 U.S. Bouldering team. ABS competitions are designed to be low-key, user-friendly events that emphasize a fun and rewarding climbing experience for participants along with the chance to win gear and clothing from the sponsors. Over $120,000 in prizes will be distributed to competitors in ABS5. In the three Nationals, competitors vie for a $5,000 purse at each event. “The American Bouldering Series (ABS) has experienced constant upward progress since its inception and ABS5 sets a new standard,” comments ABS Founder and Director, Scott Rennak. “The events are well organized, the hosts are super-enthusiastic about putting on killer comps that everyone can enjoy, and the overwhelming support of this season’s sponsors ensures almost everyone who attends will go home with a prize, and at the least an intense workout for competitors. Teaming up with Climbing this season has really expanded the scope of ABS - we’re constantly hearing from new competitors, sponsors and hosts that want to get involved.”“We’re proud to be presenting the American Bouldering Series this season,” notes Climbing Publisher John Viehman. “Not only is it a fun series of events for the participants, but it supports climbing gyms which are the backbone of our industry. The scope and nature of the ABS is unrivaled within the climbing industry.” Climbing publishes the ABS5 Program and Competitor Handbook and hosts an ABS page on more information on ABS5 and to find the events nearest you, log on to: or Click HereAbout CLIMBING MagazineCLIMBING Magazine is the world’s leading publication on climbing and mountaineering, setting the standard through content and design innovation while maintaining close ties to the rich tradition of the sport. Climbing encourages, supports, and engages in activities that preserve the climbing environment and educate the climbing community about conservation and safety. Climbing is the only publication in its category with circulation verified by the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC). For more information on CLIMBING Magazine, contact Scott Leonard at