Climbing competition at Red Rock, ‘adventure race’ to start there Sept. 13

       The third annual outdoor climbing competition at Red Rock Canyon Open Space will be Saturday, Sept. 13. The event will occur at the same time as an inaugural “adventure race” starting at the Red Rock 31st Street trailhead/parking lot.
       Both events are sponsored by the Rock Climbing Center in Monument, in conjunction with City Parks and the Friends of Red Rock Canyon.
       The race will lead participants through Bear Creek Park, on a course “using clues, riddles and compasses,” according to a Rock press release. “The course may include all or some of the following: Tyrolean traverse, ascending/rappelling, mountain biking, orienteering, problem solving, running/hiking, rowing (gear provided), trash collecting, fun, mud, frustration and triumph.”
       Registration for the event will start at 8 a.m. in the 31st Street lot, and the race will begin at 9 a.m. The cost is $30 a person.
       Registration for the climbing competition, using established routes within Red Rock Canyon, will start at 9 a.m., with climbing to start at 10 and continue until 3 p.m. The cost is $30 a person.
       Competitors will have five hours to complete as many climbs as they want although they will only be scored on their top 10 climbs.
       The competition is open to all ages and abilities, although participants must demonstrate the ability to climb safely outdoors.
       A new element this year is a clean-up component for volunteers “who want to support the event but not compete,” the release states.
       For more information, call 481-9099.

From a press release