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First Event of Triple Crown Bouldering Series Postponed

​Hound Ears, the first event of the Triple Crown bouldering series in Boone, North Carolina, has been postponed. The competition was originally scheduled for October 3.

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Melise Edwards-Welbourn on Speed Arete, Hound Ears. Photo: Shannon Millsaps.Hound Ears, the first event of the Triple Crown bouldering series in Boone, North Carolina, has been postponed. The competition was originally scheduled for October 3.

“Due to historic levels of rain with more torrential rain in the forecast for the weekend, we’ve made the decision to reschedule the Hound Ears competition to Saturday November 7,” Triple Crown co-organizer Chad Wykle said in an e-mail statement to event sponsors.

More than ten inches of rain have fallen on Boone since Thursday evening, reports booneweather.com. Minor floods have inundated low-lying zones in the eastern Appalachian region of North Carolina, and Hurricane Joaquin is expected to dump more precipitation on the East Coast.

“We’re looking forward to a dryer, cooler weather pattern in the coming weeks…and, the opportunity to kick off of the series from the Stone Fort [Chattanooga,Tennessee] on October 17!” Wykle said.

The Triple Crown is a series of bouldering events that takes place each year at Hound Ears, Stone Fort, and Horse Pens 40 (Steele, Alabama). One thousand four hundred competitors rallied for the events in 2014.

Hound Ears, a bouldering area contained by a gated country club, is open one day per year, exclusively for the Triple Crown.

All proceeds from the Triple Crown registration fees support the Southeastern Climbers’ Coalition and the Carolina Climbers’ Coalition, dedicated to preserving access to sensitive areas in the eastern United States.

For more information, please visit triplecrownbouldering.org.