Ted Teegarden, Director of Outdoor Education, talks about upcoming events for the WMS rock climbing program!
by Ted Teegarden
Fall is an exciting and busy time at The White Mountain School for the Rock Climbing Program. This fall, we are thrilled to host a USA Climbing-sanctioned American Bouldering Series Climbing Competition in our state-of-the-art climbing gym. Our climbing wall covers 3,000 square feet of space, peaks at 38 feet in height, and includes over 500 square feet of steep terrain, providing a variety of bouldering challenges. Participants can compete to rank in the regional and national circuit, or just as a one-time event to have some fun and test their skills.
The format for competition will be Redpoint, allowing climbers to try and climb as many routes of varying difficulty within three hours. The WMS Climbing Team has eight team members competing and we are hoping to bring home ribbons from the podium! The competition is open to the public to compete or come watch and feel the energy. With competitors from all over New England, the competition is sure to be fierce!
The date is set for Saturday November 3rd with registration beginning at 9am. We are staggering the start times for the different age groups. Participants born after 1998 will begin at 9:30 AM and continue until 12:30 PM with awards presented at 1:00 PM. For older participants, registration begins at noon with climbing from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM with awards at 4:30 PM. A $5 BBQ lunch and bake sale will be available for hungry climbers (or hungry spectators).
Following the Competition, WMS will also be hosting a Teton Gravity Research ski and snowboard film double header at The Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem. First showing will be TGR’s new film The Dream Factory, which chronicles TGR’s recent pilgrimage to Alaska, the state’s history of skiing, and its future; followed by Jeremy Jones’ new snowboarding documentary, Further, which takes viewers to some of the most remote and challenging slopes imaginable. Shows start at 7 PM with doors open at 6:30 PM. Both events are open to the community.