Triple Crown Bouldering Series Wrap-Up
The Triple Crown Bouldering Series had another eventful and successful year; thanks to Jim Horton, Chad and Rebecca Wykle, all the sponsors, AND the many many volunteers pitching in. This being the 10 year anniversary for the Triple Crown Bouldering Series as a whole, and 19th anniversary for the Hound Ears leg in Boone, NC made it special, and really sentimental. The competition was fierce, the Triple Crown endured, and people crushed!
The competition series kicked off at Hound Ears in Boone, NC on October 6. Once again Hound Ears opened it’s private gated community for all us hooligans. So much effort and dedication has gone into maintaining a strong positive relationship with Hound Ears, and climbers are grateful for the opportunity, once-a-year to get up there and man-handle those rocks!
You never know who will come out of the cracks and get a little piece of Hound Ears.
The American Alpine Club had a strong presence this year, and we brought some new things to the Triple Crown
table. We introduced our own competitive bracket, “Tour De Fours.” This instant classic bracket consisted of climbing 15, V4 boulder problems. Only the most classic, most aesthetic, and most fun V4 problems were considered. Participants were psyched, and we look forward to doing it again next year. FiveTen supplied shoe certificates as prizes, and winners also received AAC swag.
Footsloggers Outfitters and the AAC paired up to host the infamous Crash Pad Stack after the competition, and proceeds went to the AAC. Justin Jones rallied the ultimate Crash Pad Stack with 11, and won himself a Metolius Crash Pad. He then went on to beat his own record at the Horse Pens 40 Crash Pad Stack with 13!
The Second leg of the Triple Crown was at Little Rock City (LRC) in Chattanooga, TN on October 13. The temps were slightly less than ideal, but no one seemed to complain…too much. The sandstone still had great traction, the woods were bustling with climbers, and the leaves were absolutely peaking in the forest. The bold grey blocks against the red, orange, and yellow woods kept everyone pretty happy.
As an addition to the Triple Crown, The AAC paired up with Misty Mountain Threadworks and the Triple Crown to put on the first annual “Slice O Pie” Video Contest. This contest opened in August and closed October 23, and invited all southeast climbers to submit their videos of all things climbing in the Southeast. Every entry to the contest was truly a work of art. We screened three to four finalists at all three legs of the Triple Crown, announcing the winner with his slice o pie.
Horse Pens 40 in Steele, AL wrapped up the Triple Crown Bouldering Series last Saturday on November 3. Climbers who participated and placed in all three Triple Crown Bouldering Competitions were showered with extra swag. Lisa Rands and Jimmy Webb took best overall. People escaped back into the boulderfield with lanterns and headlamps to take advantage of the more ideal temps. And the AAC, Misty Mountain Threadworks, and the Triple Crown screened the last finalists and the ultimate winner of the Slice O Pie Video Contest. Brandon Campbell took the prize, but not without taking it to the face first.
Check out Brandon’s Video that won him his slice o pie. The link to the video is at the end of the Slice O Pie photo album on our AAC-Southeast Region Facebook Page.
Brandon took home a huge prize pack from Misty Mountain Threadworks; a harness, crashpad, powerpack, tee, chalkbag, and Triple Crown Marmot Jacket. Hopefully it was worth it!
Everyone who participates in the Triple Crown Bouldering Series makes this competition what it is–unique; the organizers, volunteers, reps, the sponsors, and even the competitors. Bouldering lends itself to a more social and cohesive culture, and when the Triple Crown Series rolls around, all disciplines, all skill levels, all climbers come out and it is like kindred spirits.
Big Thanks to all the organizers and volunteers, and we are looking forward to next year!
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