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The Triple Crown: Horses, access and bouldering

Jul. 18th 2011

What does horse racing have to do with bouldering in the Southeastern U.S.? For that answer – and an extensive, entertaining and colorful history of the Southeast’s Triple Crown Bouldering series – it’s worth a visit to see what series founders Jim Horton and Chad Wykle have to say over on the event’s web site.

But, more to the point than what it has to do with horse racing is what it has to do with access. The Triple Crown and its founders and organizers have played a key role in helping facilitate access to some steller climbing and bouldering spots in that part of the country. And in that respect, more than just a great event, the Triple Crown is something to look up to in terms of what it’s done for the sport … and beyond the sport. Our hats are off.

It’s one of the reasons we’re psyched at SCARPA to be involved once again with this annual fall bouldering series. And now’s the time to start thinking ahead, because there’s only so many spots, and they do indeed fill up.

The series kicks off Oct. 1 with Hounds Ears in Boone, N.C. That’s followed by a comp at the Stone Fort in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Oct. 8. Then the event moves to Horse Pens-40 in Steele, Ala., Nov. 5.

SCARPA’s once again a sponsor, and we’ll be at all the events with demo rock shoes, and we’ll also be giving away shoes in association with the events.

This is as good as regional events get. Check it out, and we’ll see you there.

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