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USA Ice Climbing brings Drytooling Competition to Rochester

December 11, 2017 02:11 AM

(ABC 6 News)-  Kendra and Carter Stritch, two siblings from Minneapolis and founders of USA Ice Climbing, held a drytooling competition on Sunday at Roca Climbing & Fitness in Rochester.

“It was natural getting into ice climbing being from Minnesota,” Kendra Stritch said.   

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The Stritch siblings have been competing in ice climbing for more than a decade.

“We decided that their needed to be some more organizations in the sport in the U.S., so we started USA Ice Climbing,” Carter Stritch said.  “With that one of our goals is to increase participation in the sport, mixed ice climbing and dry tooling, and one of the ways is through local comps (competitions) like this.”

A Stewartville high school student who participates in rocking climbing at Roca decided to try the dry tooling competition for the first time.

“Definitely a lot more difficult for me,” Sydney Van Moer said.  “You use different types of pulling and a lot of different movements.  It’s a lot harder and you’re not really grabbing the hold, so you never know if you’re going to slip or not and all of a sudden you just slip and fall.”

“I think this dry tooling or indoor climbing with picks is harder,” Carter Stritch said.  “I think part of that has to do with (the fact that) you got this strange tool and that feedback from how good the hold is and with rock climbing you can touch the hold and you know how good that hold is.”

The winning finalist from the competition included two locals, Silas Penbcille who placed fourth in the men’s competition and Alexis Johnson who placed first in the women’s competition. 

The winners receive gift cards to Adidas Outdoor/Adidas Terrex.


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