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Calling all climbers



It may still be winter in the valley, but the weather is always fine for climbing at the Whistler Core.

On April 20, The Core is bringing back its Hardcore Bouldering Competition, which was a huge success with 50 adults competing in different categories and almost the same number of kids taking part in a fun competition earlier in the day.

The competition runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with athletes scoring themselves on a series of challenging routes. No ropes or harnesses are required.

The cost is $25 for members and $40 for non-members, and everybody has a chance to win draw prizes donated by local businesses. Everybody also gets a T-shirt.

The Fun Kids Comp is from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is open to everyone, including the kids enrolled in The Core's youth programs. The cost is $5, which also includes T-shirts and draw prizes. Registration is available at The Core.

WORCA looking for a 20 th anniversary logo

The Whistler Off Road Cycling Association turned 20 a month ago, and WORCA is celebrating the anniversary through the season. One component of the celebration is an anniversary bike jersey.

WORCA is currently holding a contest to design the jersey. Designs must be one colour, and should be visible on black, grey and red shirts. The design will likely be printed in black, grey, white and possibly red.

The design must fit the dimensions indicated on the PDF information sheet posted onine at You don't have to incorporate the WORCA logo, but it should mention WORCA and the fact it's the 20 th anniversary. Designs should be submitted as PDFs, but other formats can be accepted as well.

The prize for the best design, as selected by the board of directors, is a free shirt, a WORCA membership and $75.

Designs should be submitted to by May 4, 2009. The winning design will be selected at the May 6 board meeting, and the winners will be announced that week. The shirts will be available in early June.

Halfpipe this weekend

The Park Rider Sessions, presented by Telus, resume Sunday, April 5 with a halfpipe competition on Blackcomb - the last pipe competition before the Grenade Games and World Ski Invitational during the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival. The cost is $25 if you pre-register at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations, but you can sign up until 9:45 a.m. on event day for $30.

There are categories for skiers and snowboarders of all ages. Each age group will be allotted a certain amount of time in the pipe based on numbers, and athletes can usually squeeze in a few practice runs at the start before making their two judged runs. Only the best run counts.