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Tahoe teen fares well in national rock climbing competition

Staff report

After-school climbing clubs

High Altitude Fitness’s after-school Kids Climbing Club is set to begin Monday, Sept. 8, with levels for all ages. Junior Club (ages 5-7) meets once a week, Intermediate Club (8-12) meets twice a week and Advanced Club (9-16) meets three times a week. Team Flash, the competition team, meets four days a week and will hold a tryout with pizza and a brief overview on Sunday, Sept. 7, from 5-7:30 p.m. For more information call 775-831-4212 or email kyra@highaltitudefit.net.

Teenage rock climbing extraordinaire Stefan Fellner represented Lake Tahoe well at the Sport Climbing Series National Championship in Atlanta on July 13.

Climbing for High Altitude Fitness in Incline Village, Fellner earned an 11th-place finish in his Youth Male C category.

Fellner received a berth into the nationals event as the second-place finisher among 25 competitors from the Northwest Division, which is made up of three regions — Big Sky Region (Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming), Northern California Region (Northern California, Northern Nevada) and Pacific Northwest Region (Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington).

During the season Fellner finished in the top-five of his category nine times, including two first-place finishes and three seconds. Three times he has placed well enough in regional competitions to move on to divisional competitions.

He also holds his own in the classroom, as Fellner has received the “Distinguished Scholar” award six times in a row.

“I am so motivated by my coach, Dustin Sabo,” Fellner said before Nationals. “He is an incredible teacher. He not only teaches me about climbing, he also educates me on how not to get hurt and eating well so I can stay healthy. I also have had great climbing mentors in my life — Kyle O’Meara, Flannery Shay-Nemirow, Eric Wolff, Keck Angle, Kyra Fritz, my climbing team, Team Flash, High Altitude Fitness owner Jason Burd, as well as my best climbing and life mentor, my dad.”


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