Climbing Up For Air 2019 Recap

Climbing Up For Air 2019 Recap

  • Posted by Kaleigh
  • On February 13, 2019
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Climbing Up For Air 2019 was nothing short of a monumental success for our community, the awesome organization Breathe Utah, and the future of our air quality. Not to mention, it was fun as hell!

This year brought a few surprises to those who participated in our inaugural event, including a tweak to the scorecard that required brains as well as brawn for a spot on the podium, an 8-hour or 4-hour endurance option, an all-day snack station, a TON of raffle prizes, and (ahem) beer.

The day started promptly at 10AM with our 8-hour crazy people – oops, we mean – participants, with their strategy in mind and their chalked-up, pre-bloodied hands ready to get on the wall. Several of those crazies participants arrived on only a few hours of sleep having competed in RUFA the day before!

Ogden joined in on the fun for its first time this year, and the thick as thieves community there did not disappoint! Over 150 crazies climbers showed up to contribute to better air and compete for a chance to win one of the beautiful, handmade winner’s mugs by Kim Hall of Alpine Earthworks Pottery.

A few noteworthy shout outs from O-town include Ogden’s own Aubrey Mossi, who podiumed in the 8-hour CUFA challenge AND the RUFA team challenge after a proud battle with our undefeated women’s champion Izzy Lindsay, and the all-day all-out war between Wyatt Edwards, Pedro Deleon, and Keegan Wilson, with Pedro pulling into the lead with moments to spare by only a few routes to become our men’s 2019 8-hour champion.

SLC did not shy away from the drama with Robyn Ragin, our women’s 2019 8-hour champion, using strategy and force to defeat Hayley Waldbillig despite Hayley’s impressive 154 pitches, the most routes of the day in SLC in either men’s or women’s categories on some of the tallest walls in the nation! The men did not disappoint either with some grueling competition, but our own Vertical Solutions’ Aaron Raby came out the champion in the men’s 8-hour category. Does it still count if he helps design the walls?! He faced worthy competition, staying just ahead of Matt Shapiro and one of our favorite parking lot residents, Miles Goad.

At the end of the day this unique and exciting event never forgot its true purpose – raising funds for Breathe Utah to use toward educating locals, lobbying for policy changes, and ultimately improving Utah’s air quality. Our community once again showed up and stood up for a cause that matters. Big thanks to Jared Campbell who started it all over a decade ago with the simple strategy of running up and down a mountain as many times as he could (which, by the way, is a lot of times). That idea eventually became the Up For Air Series, which will donate over $30,000 this year toward improving the air we breathe.

If you’d like to continue taking action (and why wouldn’t you?) please visit Breathe Utah’s page to learn how you can implement small or mighty changes in your own life make a difference in our air quality. And from the bottom and middle and top of our hearts, THANK YOU.