USAC Bouldering Nationals Recap

USAC Bouldering Nationals Recap

  • Posted by Kaleigh
  • On February 9, 2018
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Every year, the top boulderers in the country come together for the USA Climbing Bouldering Open National Championships. Over two days of fierce qualifying rounds, the field of more than 100 competitors is whittled down to the top six men and women who compete in finals for the title of National Champion.

This year’s event, held in Salt Lake City, yielded some of the most exciting competition bouldering moments in recent history. Led by Boston-based routesetter Dave Whetmore, the setting crew delivered a nail-biting spectacle through all three rounds of competition. Several high-profile competitors failed to make the cut and some relatively unknown climbers stepped into the spotlight and gave us a preview of what our 2020 Olympic team might look like.

In the end, Alex Puccio clinched her 11th national title with a narrow victory over 16-year-old phenom Ashima Shiraishi. On the men’s side, Salt Lake’s own Nathaniel Coleman continued his absolute dominance by flashing all four of the men’s finals boulders (he hasn’t fallen in a finals round since 2016) to earn his 3rd national title in a row. (Nathaniel completed all the boulder problems so quickly that we missed the opportunity to film him. Sorry, Nathaniel! You know we love you!)


Imagery by Marcus MacDonald