OGDEN -- The Front Climbing Club in Ogden is hosting this year's American Bouldering Series Regional Championship for the Southern Mountain Region. Competition began Saturday and continues today.
The regional features about 250 youth competitors and their families from to Ogden to qualify for divisional and national events.
Bouldering is a form of rock climbing in which one climbs without the protection of a rope, but rather with thick padding on the ground to cushion the climber in the event of a fall (the bouldering walls at The Front are about 18 feet high).
Teams from climbing gyms around the country participate in ABS bouldering competitions from October through February. In March, teams begin training for the roped Sport Climbing Series.
The ABS and SCS are presented by USA Climbing, the national governing body of competition climbing in the United States.