Ten seniors competed in rock climbing Sunday, the fifth year the Washington State Senior Games has offered the event.
But it was the first time the event took place at Cirque Climbing gym in Hawks Prairie, a new gym with walls that rise as high as 45 feet.
That’s where the seniors climbed and were scored, depending on the wall difficulty.
Three women and seven men competed, said Pam Firth, who organized the event for a second year with her husband, Bob. The Firths also participated.
Pam, 58, has been climbing for about five years, she said, most of it on indoor climbing walls. She scaled a 400-plus point wall with relative ease, but took longer on a 500-point wall, she said.
The overall winner among the women was Tobey Anderson, 64, of Olympia, while among the men, it was David Engle, 58, of Kirkland. In its 21st year, the Washington State Senior Games are the largest Olympic-style, multiple-sport event in the state for people 50 and older.
A lot of people 50 and older use Cirque Climbing, but some are scared by the term “competition,” Pam said.
There’s no reason to be scared, she said.
“Everyone is rooting for each other,” Firth said.