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USAC Open: Vail NACS

Mikhael Douglass

CU Climbing athletes show up and show out at Vail North American Cup Series 2024

North American Cup Series - Vail GoPro Mountain Games 2024

Event Overview

The North American Cup Series hosted by USA Climbing is a series of climbing competitions across North America that call the continent's best athletes to compete head-to-head for prize money, bragging rights, and most importantly score points towards an invitation to Open Nationals.

The CU Climbing Team has several current athletes and alumni who compete in these cups and deserve coverage for their hard work!

More information on the NACS and Vail GoPro Games can be found at the following links:

USA Climbing NACS Page

GoPro Mountain Games Page

Other North American Cups have multiple events but Vail only has Bouldering, so the following competitors represent the Bouldering results. To advance to the Semi-Finals, an athlete must score within the top 20 athletes in the Qualifiers. To advance to the Finals, an athlete must score within the top 6 athletes in the Semi-Finals

Women's Qualification Results:

(19) Anika Shoemaker*

(22) Tate Jennings

(52) Klara Meymaris

(58) Nora Bruxvoort

Men's Qualification Results:

(20) Francesco Military*

(21) Matthew Sherman

(30) Rajan Patel

(40) Jacob Kelleghan

(68) Brayden Batcheller

(70) Mikhael Douglass

(93) Mattan Feldman

Anika Shoemaker and Francesco Military (Alumni) were two of many to make the Semi-Final round at Vail - a huge accomplishment in itself.

Semi-Finals Results:

(17) Anika Shoemaker

(18) Francesco Military

While none of our current athletes or alumni made the Finals round, we are beyond stoked for everyone who showed up and showed out. The Vail North American Cup is regarded as a crowd-favorite, especially for our team since it is practically in our backyard and takes place at the one and only GoPro Mountain Games. To anyone considering entering the Vail North American Cup, we highly encourage it. If competing at the Open Level is not for you, we recommend the CELSIUS Citizens Cup which also takes place during the GoPro Mountain Games and has a considerable amount of CU athletes and alumni competing every year.

The photos below are courtesy of USA Climbing and Daniel Gajda, the rest of the photos from the event can be found here.

Anika Shoemaker in Semi-Finals (via Daniel Gajda and USA Climbing)

Francesco Military in Semi-Finals (via Daniel Gajda and USA Climbing)

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