Paul Bikis @pbikis
The costumes were in full abundance as the spirit of Halloween flowed through the air, Friday, Oct. 24 at Vital Climbing Gymnasium. Moments after everyone arrived, the lights were extinguished and a glowing wall lit by black lights was illuminated for the dyno competition. For those who don't know, "to dyno" in climbing, means to jump or stretch, often with all four points of connection absent from the wall, to a different point or hold on the wall.
The first to test their leaping skills were the youth. Kids from six to twelve lined up to try and complete each dyno problem. Crowds gathered around the wall to watch and cheer as each person attempted the different routes.
The winner of the youth boys division makes his final leap during the third round.
Each competitor was given two attempts on each route. If nobody was able to complete the route then the round would be repeated and each person would get another try. The routes were designed to get progressively more difficult. There were six routes total for each division.
A girl leaps from the wall to reach a hold in the second round of the Vital Halloween Climbing Competition, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.
The first round of the mens started out strong with over 50 percent of the contestants progressing to the next round.
A man checks his holds before his leap in the first round of the mens dyno competition at Vital Climbing Gymnasium. Ian Koppe snaps a photo in the background.
Climbers swing about, during the different stages of the dyno competition, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.
Spectators watch from beyond the pads as different contestants progress through the stages.
Captain Underpants prepares for take off.
The fifth stage of the competition required a two-part dino following the green treeline up to the highest point on the wall. Only three contestants completed this stage and moved on to the final round.
Western freshman Matt Lubar stretches out for the final dyno in the sixth sound. Lubar was the only one to complete the final dyno making him the 2014 Vital Dyno champion.