The Northwest Collegiate Climbing Circuit (NC3) is the largest bouldering competition for college students in the country. Every year students from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington compete in a series of competitions around the Pacific Northwest. On January 30, Eastern Washington University will be hosting the Climbtastic Voyage, the second competition in the NC3 series. Students train all year for this competition and spend hours climbing the same boulder problems over and over again to work on their endurance. Their dedication to the sport is unwavering, but the competition, although intense, is filled with easy chatter and cheers as participants catch up with friends from other schools. “My favorite part about competing is being around people who enjoy the same things that I do,” says Tanner Sigel, president of EWU’s Climbing Club. “There is no rivalry, there is no supremacy. Most people are only competing with themselves.” The competition begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, at the EWU climbing wall in Cheney and is free for spectators. More info: 509-359-4015.

Wild Walls Climbing Gym in Spokane will be holding a Winter Boulder Comp Saturday, February 6, from 3-9 p.m. The competition is open to all and entrants will be categorized based on experience. Register at Wild Walls on West Second Street in Spokane for $35 or $20 for students. Preregister by January 20 for $25. More info: Wildwalls.com.