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CHS freshman on his way to national youth bouldering championships

Ashton Hoomans, a Columbia High School freshman, is preparing for the USA Climbing Youth Bouldering Nationals this weekend.  (photo by Bob Lockhart)


Ashton Hoomans, a Columbia High School freshman, is preparing for the USA Climbing Youth Bouldering Nationals this weekend. (photo by Bob Lockhart)



Ashton Hoomans, a Columbia High School freshman, is preparing for the USA Climbing Youth Bouldering Nationals this weekend. He has been climbing with The Circuit Bouldering Team out of Portland, Ore., for the past eight years and this year marks the third time he has qualified for nationals. Hoomans and six other teammates are traveling to Madison, Wis., and will be competing three days in a row to attempt to qualify for 2016 World Youth Bouldering Competition in China. Hoomans’ season began in September with two local competitions and then regionals, from which the top 10 advanced to divisionals. Hoomans placed third in his age category, male youth B, at divisionals, at the Multnomah Athletic Club last month. He is excited to get an opportunity to represent the Cascadia Region and hopes his classmates will follow him live as he competes at: www.lt11.tv. The competition will air live on Friday, Feb. 5, with qualifiers at 9 a.m. Semifinals will air at noon Saturday, Feb. 6, and the finals show is at 8:30 a.m. PST on Sunday, Feb. 7. According to his mother, Bree, Hoomans started climbing as a toddler, and he hasn’t stopped yet. “My husband climbs and we would take him on outdoor climbing trips as early as six months old. He's always been excited to climb,” she said. “As he got older we got into bouldering rather than ropes. We once had to peel him off a climb-on rope outside that was only 20 feet up but in bouldering he is fearless. He started with the couch, then trees, then rocks, and we just kept encouraging him rather than yell.”



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