This past weekend I had an amazing time competing at the Canadian Bouldering Nationals in Edmonton, AB. The weather was consistently below freezing in Edmonton, a drastic change from the 90 degree temps of Arizona, but I really enjoyed being in the snow!
We arrived to Edmonton late Thursday night. The plane flight was only 3.5 hours, not too bad for travelling 1,700 thousand miles! Our hotel was located near the University of Alberta on Whyte Avenue, a very trendy and unique area. So many great restaurants and shops were within walking distance of our hotel, it was awesome!
Friday was my day to explore Edmonton and be a tourist, which I took full advantage of! My day began at a late breakfast/early lunch at Noorish Café. Just down the street from our hotel, Noorish is a really healthy restaurant filled with many raw, vegan, and gluten-free options, which is perfect for my family and myself!
After eating at Noorish, we headed to the grocery store, Planet Organic, to pick up some snacks for iso and the hotel room. Then, we ventured to the West Edmonton Mall! I love shopping, so I was in heaven! Plus, it was cool to see so many people from different walks of life. I will say I am a little sad that I didn’t get to visit the water park in the mall, it looked like so much fun!
On Saturday, qualifiers were run at Rock Jungle Fitness. The qualifiers format is pretty basic, 5 minutes on, 5 minutes off, with 5 problems to complete. I flashed the first 2 problems, topped the 3rd problem, and received the bonus on the 5th problem. This put me in a solid 3rd place. They usually take the top 8 competitors to finals, but 3 non-Canadian citizens were in the top 8, bumping the number to 11 finalists.
That night, my parents and I met some family friends for dinner. It was great to catch up with friends we haven’t seen in years and to relax.
On Sunday, finals took place in the evening. The finals format is the IFSC world cup format, allowing a lot of rest time in between problems. The setters did a great job setting the problems, they were powerful, flowed well, and enjoyable to climb. I ended up getting 3 bonuses on the 4 problems, putting me in 11th place.
Today I am writing this from the airplane where I’m headed home to Phoenix for a few hours. In the morning, I’m off to Los Angeles for an interview with Outside Television.
On to the next adventure….