2007 Mammut Bouldering Championships

This weekend was a very exciting weekend for climbing.  Every year, a huge pro comp is put on during the Outdoor Retail Trade Show.  This year was no exception, with the finals being held outside onto of a parking garage, right in the middle of downtown Salt Lake.  As usual, the comp started with qualifiers on Friday night.  Hundreds of climbers came out to test themselves against the favorites, and hundreds more came out to see what would happen. 
2007 Mammut Bouldering Championships2007 Mammut Bouldering Championships

This is always an exciting part of the comp, because you learn who the new names in town are, and you see if the old names have still been training.  Well, they definitely tested everyone,  the problems looked really hard.  They even got some of the big names working hard and trying their best to get to the top.

2007 Mammut Bouldering Championships2007 Mammut Bouldering Championships

The qualifiers took 12 men and 12 women to finals, with Alex Puccio and Daniel Woods in the lead going into finals.  With finals being held outside, these two would have an advantage by climbing during cooler temperatures, and a lower sun.

2007 Mammut Bouldering Championships

Finals!  This is where the top climbers come out and try their best on some really really hard boulder problems.  This year proved to be exciting with huge moves to the top of the 20ft portable wall.  The sun was hot and the croud was HUGE.
2007 Mammut Bouldering Championships in Salt Lake City, UT at The Front climbing club.  Copyright Cruxphoto and Nate Young.

Needless to say, they put on a good show.  Alex Johnson and Chris Sharma went home with a well deserved 1st place.  So enough talking, more pics.  If you want more info on how people did, check out the Bouldering Comps website.

2007 Mammut Bouldering Championships in Salt Lake City, UT at The Front climbing club.  Copyright Cruxphoto and Nate Young.

2007 Mammut Bouldering Championships in Salt Lake City, UT at The Front climbing club.  Copyright Cruxphoto and Nate Young.

2007 Mammut Bouldering Championships in Salt Lake City, UT at The Front climbing club.  Copyright Cruxphoto and Nate Young.

2007 Mammut Bouldering Championships in Salt Lake City, UT at The Front climbing club.  Copyright Cruxphoto and Nate Young.

2007 Mammut Bouldering Championships in Salt Lake City, UT at The Front climbing club.  Copyright Cruxphoto and Nate Young.

2007 Mammut Bouldering Championships in Salt Lake City, UT at The Front climbing club.  Copyright Cruxphoto and Nate Young.

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~ by cruxphoto on August 13, 2007.

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