Boul­der­ing fes­ti­val rocks on despite rain

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT -

BOUL­DER­ING: Pass­chen­daele State For­est was the place to be this week­end with 150 at­tend­ing the sold out Pass­chen­daele V3 Boul­der­ing Fes­ti­val.

Vis­i­tors trav­elled from as far away as Aus­tria for the week­end with the ma­jor­ity of at­ten­dees from Bris­bane.

Event Man­ager Adam West said the week­end’s rain didn’t stop them hav­ing a great time.

“We just adapt to that and change things around and get out when we can when it’s not rain­ing,” West said.

“We try to make it as en­ter­tain­ing as pos­si­ble even if you’re not climb­ing there’s plenty go­ing on and it’s a great at­mos­phere.”

The fes­ti­val con­sisted of clin­ics teach­ing boul­der­ing tech­nique as well as a nu­tri­tion clinic and a sports psy­chol­ogy clinic about the fear of fall­ing.

“An­other high­light was we had the Queens­land pre­miere of the Dawn Wall,” West said.

“We have an out­door cinema, we play climb­ing or out­door ad­ven­ture style.”

Although the three-day event had mini com­pe­ti­tions through­out, the fes­ti­val served other pur­pose.

“It’s build­ing the com­mu­nity and in­tro­duc­ing them to out­door boul­der­ing,” West said.

“There’s a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for peo­ple who start climb­ing in­doors to head out­doors even­tu­ally.”

West said Pass­chen­daele had de­vel­oped into a sig­nif­i­cant boul­der­ing area with good clus­ters of dif­fer­ent lev­elled sec­tors.

“Peo­ple can look at what grade they want to climb and wan­der into that sec­tor”

He thanked the Boat­field fam­ily for al­low­ing them to host the event on their prop­erty.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FES­TI­VAL: Climber tack­les a gran­ite Boulder at the third an­nual boul­der­ing fes­ti­val.

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