Friday, October 18, 2013

4th Annual Butte Bouldering Bash wrap-up

Well...year 4 *went off!*

What a great turn out and time! Even with the weather looking uncooperative (chilly and a 40% chance of afternoon rain that slid right by us) many folks showed up, ready to send, and the day turned out great!

Photo by: Jeremy Champion
Photo by: Emily Stifler Wolfe

-over 60 psyched, friendly and smiling competitors from all across Montana
-over $1300 raised for the SMCC

After a brief competitors meeting a padded train descended upon the Trailer Boulders, ready to battle the various granite challenges.

Photo by: Jeremy Champion

Whit and Eli
This year the marathon category was added, and many disappeared into the woods for the day, only to return after slaying the majority of available problems.
 Jeff Ho on Tiger Blood   Photo by: Kris Zigich 

Others concentrated their skin on the additional high point projects added to the comp, including a sds to the Heart of Darkness and a linkup from Airsteam to Jetstream.

Tony Chang on Heart of Darkness    Photo by: Kris Zigich 
Beer Goggles project  Photo by: Jeremy Champion
Northwest Arete   Photo by: Emily Stifler Wolfe

Obtuse Perception  Photo by: Jeremy Champion

Obtuse Perception  Photo by: Jeremy Champion

Midway through the day, the grill was fired up and people returned to the lot for a mid-day BBQ...most visits were brief as most were eager to return to the fray. During the BBQ I smiled as I watched the predicted rain stream down onto McClusky, just a bit north of us, once again the rain shadow in the Boulder Batholith provides.

Rec Specs   Photo by: Jeremy Champion
Airsteam   Photo by: Kris Zigich 

Aristocrat (left) Photo by: Jeremy Champion
Aristocrat (left)  Photo by: Jeremy Champion

Tympanum   Photo by: Emily Stifler Wolfe
The afternoon seemed to pass quickly, and before we knew it: scorecards were being turned in, the keg was tapped, the bonfire was rolling and burgers and kebabs were on the grill. We had a warm reception for our sponsors, competitors, the boulders and for the great day. Trophies were awarded and feats were recognized, and smiles seemed to be shared all around.

Trophies by Derek Thomas of Sterling Fabrication   Photo by: Jeremy Champion

Photo by: Jeremy Champion
Photo by: Jeremy Champion

Photo by: Jeremy Champion

Photo by: Jeremy Champion
Grill Master Clay   Photo by: Jeremy Champion
Photo by: Jeremy Champion

Photo by Robert Wilkie

Photo by: Jeremy Champion

Eli lends a hand   Photo by: Jeremy Champion

Photo by: Jeremy Champion
Some folks came and went through out the day, only able to stay a bit, but happy to be able to tour the boulders and join in the festivities. Others stayed through the night, and were ready to continue exploring the boulders the next morning. Everyone's presence was greatly appreciated.

 Bowie says 'thanks' as well   Photo by: Jeremy Champion

A *HUGE* thanks to this year's sponsors:

and thanks to everyone who came out to participate, spectate or volunteer. Everyone coming together makes for a great event! Though we strive to improve and do it again next year...stay tuned...and


Tom Kingsbury

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