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Nov. 19: Kato Krusher Indoor Rock Climbing Competition

Sixth annual event costs $30 to participate and is free and open to spectators.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-15-2017

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Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Adventure Education Program will host its sixth annual Kato Krusher Indoor Rock Climbing Competition on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. on campus at the Indoor Rock Wall Facility in Myers Field House.

Registration for the Kato Krusher is $30, and spectators are welcome to attend and watch the event for free. Free parking is available in gold parking lots 7 & 8 adjacent to the Myers Field House and Blakeslee Stadium throughout the event.

The competition attracts climbers of all ages and all abilities from southern Minnesota and surrounding states to compete in divisions ranging from beginner to advanced. Competition scoring is not based on speed. The modified Redpoint scoring format challenges climbers to climb a marked route “clean” without weighting their rope, slipping on a climbing hold or using unmarked holds. Competitors test their endurance by attempting to climb their best and accruing points for their top climbs.

Those who want more information may contact Ben Nelson, program coordinator in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Campus Recreation, by phone at 507-389-1330 or by email at More information is available at

About the Adventure Education Program & Climbing Walls:

For more than 30 years, the Adventure Education Program has promoted personal growth and healthy relationships in the community through adventure-based experiences. Throughout the year the Adventure Education Program offers team-building and leadership development events to the Minnesota State Mankato campus and the southern Minnesota community. The Adventure Education Program provides on-site and off-site teambuilding for youth, teen, non-profit, corporate and adult groups focused on essential team skills and leadership activities.

In the past five years, the Adventure Education Program has built two recreational rock-climbing facilities (both indoor and outdoor) to introduce climbing to the Minnesota State Mankato campus and surrounding Mankato community. Climbing is available year-round to the general public and is available to people of all ages.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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