FANWOOD, NJ --  Elyte Zikas (17) of Fanwood will compete in the 2018 USA Climbing Bouldering Youth Nationals (Youth Junior category) in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 9-11, 2018. 

Elyte qualified for the National Championship after placing in the top 6 in the Divisional Qualifying round held at the Philadelphia Rock Gym in Wyncote, PA on January 13th and 14th which hosted the 20 top climbers from the Rustbelt Region (Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey) and the Capital Region (Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC and Delaware). 

The championship will feature the top 48 climbers from across the U.S., and the Youth Junior category includes climbers aged 17-19 years old. Bouldering competitions consist of a number of individual, short routes or “problems” which are attempted without a climbing rope but with landing mats for safety.  Competitors are kept in isolation without an opportunity to preview the climbs and, when designated to compete, are given 4 minutes to assess and climb each problem.  Scoring is based on the height achieved and deductions are made for repeated attempts.  Climbers have a 4 minute rest period between problems. 

Elyte has maintained dedicated training for 6 years at the Gravity Vault Rock Gym in Chatham, New Jersey and also privately trains at Brooklyn Boulders, Brooklyn, New York. Elyte is a high school senior and attends the FlexSchool which recently relocated from Fanwood to Berkeley Heights.