Alaska Rock Gym hosts annual Pumpkin Pump bouldering competition

Published: Oct. 27, 2019 at 3:13 PM AKDT
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In the spirit of Halloween, the Alaska Rock Gym hosted its annual Pumpkin Pump bouldering competition, where climbers of all ages showcased great climbing skills in full costume.

In order to win the costume contest, you had to stay in costume for the entire event. Youth climbers aged 12 and under competed in the morning, while teens and adults competed in the afternoon. Organizers say the Pumpkin Pump is equal parts fun and equal parts competitive.

"The kids really enjoy-- I think what a lot of us as adults also enjoy is also the combination of the physical and the mental problem solving, and the ability to do really crazy stuff with your body which is super fun, and to do it in a costume, is extra fun. You get to showcase your skills and your creativity," said Andi Schweers with Alaska Rock Gym.

Saturday's event is the third pumpkin rock event in the Alaska Rock Gym's new facility. The winners went home with medals, and climbing gear was also raffled off to participants.

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