Participants and belayers in the Shoot for the Moon competition (James Gray/Spirit Rock Climbing Centre File)

Competitors “shoot for the moon” at climbing competition

Spirit Rock Climbing Centre’s Shoot for the Moon climbing competition

On Saturday, April 22, Spirit Rock Climbing Centre hosted the Shoot for the Moon top rope climbing contest. Participants from ages 8 to 75+ faced 24 new and challenging routes.

The competition was split into two categories based on age group; youth and adults. There were eleven participants in the youth category, and fourteen in the adult category.

According to an article by Spirit Rock Manager, Kevin Blades, the climbers had two hours to complete as many routes as they could, with scoring arranged higher as the routes got harder. Points were deducted for falling on a particular route.

“Volunteer belayers and participants kept everything safe and fun for the event, with lots of cheering and laughter from the audience,” says Blades.

“All in all, the Shoot for the Moon competition was a great success, and a whole lot of fun for everyone,” says Blades. “A special thanks goes out to all of Spirit Rock’s hard-working volunteers who helped tear down old routes and reset all the fantastic, exciting new routes. We couldn’t have had such an excellent event without you. And special thanks to our generous local sponsors, The Pedal and Tap and The Shed, for prizes!”

The results of the competition can be seen below.

Girls age 8-14

1st Saige De Paoli

2nd Saige Black

3rd Paige Hansen

Boys 8-14

1st Logan Robison

2nd Jake Ferguson

3rd Max Brine


1st Kelly Mills

2nd Marie Vitkova

3rd Kirsten Murrell

Mens 14-40

1st Chris Mckim

2nd Brennan Weaver

3rd Steve Wilson

Silverbacks – Mens 40+

1st Ryan Tarves

2nd Mark Knutsgaard

3rd Geoff Little


Participants in the Shoot for the Moon competition (James Gray/Spirit Rock Climbing Centre File)

Steve Wilson climbing the route, Zen Send (James Gray/Spirit Rock Climbing Centre File)