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Rock Climbers Compete At MSU

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MANKATO, Minn. -

Kato Krusher may sound like the name of a monster truck, butin fact is a rock climbing competition hosted on the campus of MSU.

More than 80 competitors ranging from first–timers toadvanced climbers participated in today's event.

Today's climb was not a timed competition, but rather a testof skill along set routes.

Sam Steiger, Program Coordinator of Campus Recreation says"You're climbing, and you're climber tries to stay clean so your trying toonly touch the holds that are on your route. The routes are all marked withcolored tape and if you climb the route without falling on your rope or withoutgrabbing a hold that's not marked then it's a clean climb and you get themaximum points for it."

The next MSU climbing competition will be hosted in thespring of 2014.

If you are interested in testing your climbing skills, thewall is available to the public every Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 to 10:00PM for a slight fee.

The school says 15–thousand visitors have scaled the wall inthe last 12 months.