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Climb Rocks and Make New Friends in Tahoe This Weekend

Go climb a rock. Or several of them.

There are hundreds of bouldering problems in the south end of Lake Tahoe, and to show the world just how much variety there is the town of Meyers is hosting its annual Climbing Festival and Bouldering Competition on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The event, which was inaugurated last year to be a major meet-and-greet for the various climbing communities in the Tahoe basin and beyond, is intended for rock hounds of all abilities, from newbies getting their first toeholds on granite to uber-V12 rock jocks.

The Festival celebrates the diverse Tahoe outdoor adventure experience and to that end will have booths and vendors dedicated to the climbing scene; there will also be live music, a barbecue and a beer garden. There will be no charge to hang out at the event or to tackle a couple of bouldering problems or two.

The competition phase of the Festival costs $35 ($25 for climbers 17 and younger) –  which also covers a commemorative t-shirt and lunch – and is designed for all levels of climbing ability. Prizes will be awarded in three categories for both males and females: Recreation (VB-V3), Intermediate (V6 and under) and Open (V6 and above).

Although there is same-day registration for the competition beginning 8 a.m. on Saturday, pre-registration is encouraged; go to TahoeBouldering.com to sign up or to get detailed information on the event.