The gravity battles of the High School Climbing League moved from the cozy confines of the Western State University climbing wall to the cavernous walls of Grand Valley Climbing in Grand Junction. This competition drew the biggest field of the season in the Western Slope region with 138 high school climbers suiting up to do battle with the boulders and roped routes. The crowd included teams from Aspen, Battle Mountain, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Coal Ridge, Delta, Fruita Monument, Gunnison, Montrose, Ridgway, Silverton, Telluride, Vail Mountain School, and Yampah Mountain High School.
When the chalk dust settled there were some expected results and some surprises. On the team side, CRMS continued its winning ways posting strong finishes in both boys and girls. The boys bested perennial contenders Montrose in 2nd and a rising Telluride team in 3rd. The CRMS Pearls were dominant in the girls' division taking places 1-6, easily outdistancing 2nd place Montrose.
There were some great individual efforts from a variety of athletes including a dominant win by Anja Simpson '20. She was followed by Lauren Murphy '18 and Alice Amdur '21. For the boys, Toby Meyer '19 posted his first career win. Will Plantz of Telluride took 2nd and Spijk Selby '18 placed 3rd. At the midway point in the season, CRMS holds a firm grip on first place in the team standings for both girls and boys. The girls' standings show Anja Simpson in 1st, Alice Amdur in 2nd, and Macadian
Cordova of Montrose in 3rd. Overall, Fynn Blake '18 leads the boys' individual standings followed by Toby Meyer in 2nd, Gio Russo of Montrose in 3rd, and Will Plantz of Telluride in 4th. Next weekend the competition moves to the roped walls of Ridgway High School.
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