FESTIVAL: Climber tackles a granite Boulder at the third annual bouldering festival.
FESTIVAL: Climber tackles a granite Boulder at the third annual bouldering festival. Contributed

Annual bouldering festival returns to Granite Belt

Bouldering: Passchendaele State Forest was the place to be this weekend with 150 attending the sold out Passchendaele V3 Bouldering Festival.

Visitors travelled from as far away as Austria for the weekend with the majority of attendees from Brisbane.

Event Manager Adam West said the weekend's rain didn't stop them having a great time.

"We just adapt to that and change things around and get out when we can when it's not raining,” West said.

"We try to make it as entertaining as possible even if you're not climbing there's plenty going on and it's a great atmosphere.”

The festival consisted of clinics teaching bouldering technique as well as a nutrition clinic and a sports psychology clinic about the fear of falling.

"Another highlight was we had the Queensland premiere of the Dawn Wall,” West said.

"We have an outdoor cinema, we play climbing or outdoor adventure style.”

Although the three-day event had mini competitions throughout, the festival served other purpose.

"It's building the community and introducing them to outdoor bouldering,” West said.

"There's a natural progression for people who start climbing indoors to head outdoors eventually.”

West said Passchendaele had developed into a significant bouldering area with good clusters of different levelled sectors.

"People can look at what grade they want to climb and wander into that sector”

He thanked the Boatfield family for allowing them to host the event on their property.

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