Every year men and women from across the nation come together to compete on the same stage, at the American Bouldering Series (ABS) National Open. Competitors have commit months of hard work in training for this weekend. Thousands of miles are traveled. By car, by plane, the competitors will travel. Famous professionals and hopeful amateurs arrive all the same, hoping to defend a championship or to make a splash in the professional climbing pond.
This year Planet Granite Portland is sending off One of their Own. Alex Borst is a Portland native whose climbing career was born and raised in Oregon. This year will be his first time at the ABS National Open. Alex is a route setter at PG PDX, calls Portland his hometown, and is headed east to compete with the best.