USA Bouldering National Championships return to the Salt Palace

The Bouldering Open National Championships are taking place at the Salt Palace Convention Center this weekend. (Photo: Mike Sadowski / KUTV)

(KUTV) - The Bouldering Open National Championships are taking place at the Salt Palace Convention Center this weekend.

The climbing competition is hosted by USA Climbing and opened Friday with qualifying rounds for top climbers from around the country. Competitors are 16 years of age and older, and are competing for the title of National Champion and a piece of the $10,000 prize purse.

Last year, more than 184 competitors made their way to Salt Lake City for Open Nationals, a press release said.

The semifinals and finals are happening Saturday and open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at www.usaclimbing.org.

USA Climbing is the United States National Governing Body for the sport of competition climbing. The organization manages the disciplines of bouldering, speed, and sport climbing as well as the collegiate and adaptive series.

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