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Young climbers flock to Pittsburgh's South Side for bouldering competition

Nate Smallwood
| Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, 1:33 p.m.
May Devine, 9, of Wheeling, W.Va., climbs during the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition at Ascend on the South Side on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
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May Devine, 9, of Wheeling, W.Va., climbs during the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition at Ascend on the South Side on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
Climbers compete in the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition at Ascend on the South Side on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. The top 10 finishers qualify for the Divisional Bouldering Championships in Wyncote.
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Climbers compete in the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition at Ascend on the South Side on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. The top 10 finishers qualify for the Divisional Bouldering Championships in Wyncote.
Climbers compete in the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition at Ascend on the South Side on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
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Climbers compete in the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition at Ascend on the South Side on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
Climbing coach Charlie Schreiber helps Tommy Cronin, 13, of New York during his warmups for the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition at Ascend on the South Side on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
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Climbing coach Charlie Schreiber helps Tommy Cronin, 13, of New York during his warmups for the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition at Ascend on the South Side on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
Climbers compete in the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition at Ascend on the South 
Side on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
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Climbers compete in the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition at Ascend on the South Side on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
Climbers compete in the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition at Ascend on the South Side on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
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Climbers compete in the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition at Ascend on the South Side on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
Climber Ryan Handon, 12, of McCandless competes in the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition at Ascend in the South Side on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
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Climber Ryan Handon, 12, of McCandless competes in the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition at Ascend in the South Side on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
Climbers compete in the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition at Ascend on the South Side on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Climbers compete in the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition at Ascend on the South Side on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.

Ascend on the South Side was packed Saturday for the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition.

The competition featured more than 250 competitors.

“We're seeing some successes and tops (climbers reaching the top of the course), and the kids seem to be having fun, which is always the No. 1 priority,” said Todd McCormick, 31, instructor and general manager of Ascend.

The event was the second regional competition for Josh Miller, 12, of Goodville, who was impressed with the climbing facility and with his own climbing on Saturday. “I was expecting to climb a little worse, but I'm doing better than I thought,” he said.

The top 10 finishers of the USA Climbing Youth Rust Belt Regional Bouldering Competition qualify for the Divisional Bouldering Championships in Wyncote.

Nate Smallwood is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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