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Yukon climbers ready for championships

All skill levels welcome
A climber is seen at a bouldering competition in 2018. The Yukon Climbing Championships is scheduled for Feb. 18 at Porter Creek Secondary School. (Yukon News file)

Yukon climbers will be scaling their way up the bouldering wall at Porter Creek Secondary School on Feb. 18 when Climb Yukon hosts the Yukon Climbing Championships.

The event is a qualifier for youth looking to compete at the Western Canadian Championships in Calgary in April and, potentially, nationals from there.

“The Yukon Championships are an opportunity for our youth climbers to really push themselves at this point in the season,” Gerard Garnier, head coach of Climb Yukon’s youth programs, said in a statement. “They’ve been training hard all year and friendly competitions like this are great for measuring progress and growth.”

Along with heading to westerns for those who qualify, Climb Yukon’s competitive youth team is also headed to an event in Victoria in March.

While the Yukon championships will serve as a qualifier for westerns for competitive youth, the event is open to all skill levels and will feature a number of categories for competition. The event will also feature prizes from local Yukon businesses.

“It’s an exciting time to be a competitive climber in the Yukon,” Garnier said. “With the new gym coming, soon we’ll be able to train on walls that meet National Championship standards and this can only do wonders for our climbers’ development so that eventually we’re making noise on the national and maybe even global stage.

A preliminary schedule for the Yukon championships is available at

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About the Author: Stephanie Waddell

I joined Black Press in 2019 as a reporter for the Yukon News, becoming editor in February 2023.
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