By Skye Hill 

Climbing team gets first competition


November 16, 2023

Courtesy photo

Kael Meaden climbs a corner route during the climbing competition at Camp Bighorn.

Camp Bighorn in Plains launched a new fall sport for kids in grades third through seventh in the form of a climbing team. Partnering with Plains Elementary for transportation, the kids rode the bus after school to Bighorn where they were broken up into four teams, consisting of eight kids per team. Twice a week the climbers learned and practiced their climbing skills on Bighorn's newly finished outdoor rock climbing wall. With four ropes and multiple routes the climbers were never bored, even learning how to belay each other!

After four weeks of exciting training Camp Bighorn hosted their first annual climbing competition. The competition was between grade levels as teams, third and fourth, and fifth through seventh. For the younger division the top three were Kael Meaden in first followed by Connor Sherwood, with Jace Russell rounding out the top three. In the older division Ryker Anderson took third, while Daniel Warnes came in second, and Jackson Revier took first.

When the competition was over each climber was issued a climbing-safe carabiner to begin their own personal gear collection.

"Camp Bighorn continues to look for avenues to provide our local kids with new opportunities and experiences, and we look forward to growing the sport of climbing within our community," said executive director of Camp Bighorn Brian Meaden

If anyone is interested in the next season of rock climbing contact Camp Bighorn at (406) 826-3144.


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