Boulders climbers at nationals in U.S.

Climbers now gear up for the Canadian National Climbing Championships at The Boulders

Robert Stewart-Patterson

CENTRAL SAANICH — Robert Stewart-Patterson and Elan Jonas-McRae, two climbers who train at the Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich, recently returned from the U.S. Sport Climbing Series (SCS) Sport and Speed Climbing Open National Championships in Colorado, where they had impressive performances, placing fourth and sixth overall in their respective events.

Seventeen-year old Stewart-Patterson placed fourth in the Speed Climbing event, while 18-year old Jonas-McRae placed sixth overall in the Lead or Difficulty Climbing event April 5 and 6.

The results follow on their respective victories in the same events at the 2013 Sport Climbing British Columbia Provincials that were held March 30-31 at Boulders.

Jonas-McRae was also one of four Boulders Climbers who reached the podium at the CEC Western Regional Sport Climbing Championships at the Calgary Climbing Centre over the April 20-21 weekend.

Coming away with first place medals at the event were Victoria’s Allison Stewart-Patterson in the Junior Girls category and Jonas-McRae in the Junior Boys category.

Climbers gear up for the Canadian National Climbing Championships at The Boulders Climbing Gym May 18 to 20. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Youth Championships will also take place at The Boulders later this summer from August 15 to 19.

— With files from The Boulders Climbing Gym