I am breaking up my China blog into two separate blogs, one for each competition! I also tried to break up this blog between my arrival in Beijing and the competition in Chongqing.
I arrived in Beijing on a Monday afternoon, but I can't say I remember much of that evening, I was so tired!
The fun got started on Tuesday when we visited The Forbidden City. I still cannot believe how the size and expansiveness of The Forbidden City, it was massive! The weather was a little humid, but I enjoyed getting to walk around so much after being on a long flight.
That night I had a meet & greet and climbing session at 768 Climbing Gym. It was really fun to meet so many new people and to climb in a new place. I had an awesome time getting loose and trying some hard problems.
The next day (Wednesday), we got up bright and early to visit The Great Wall. I am pretty excited to say that I have been to The Great Wall of China. It wasn't officially written on my bucket list, but I am adding it after the fact! I cannot remember the part of The Great Wall that we visited, but once again, it was just massive!
After another busy day in Beijing I ended the night at 768 again. The next morning (Thursday) we flew a few short hours to Chongqing.
Our Thursday arrival in Chongqing wasn't too exciting. Most of the competitors arrived Thursday evening or on Friday morning (the day of registration).
Friday started off with a light climbing session at Black Ram Climbing Gym. So many competitors were at the gym doing a session, it was awesome! I had a great time climbing with Josh Larson, Nathaniel Coleman, Eddie Fowke, Jernej Kruder, Julija Kruder, and Petra Klinger...to name a few :)
The next morning the competition finally started! It was so nice to finally be competing after so much travel. I was definitely getting antsy!
The men competed in the morning and the women competed in the afternoon. I usually dislike climbing in the afternoon, but this season has really taught me to adapt to the afternoon climbing time and I have enjoyed not waking up too early! Of the American climbers, Nathaniel made it to semi-finals while Josh pulled in a strong 35th place.
Qualifiers went well for me, I scored 3T4, 5B6. Unfortunately, I was one attempt out of semi-finals again. It is always a bummer to be on the wrong side of the bubble spot, but 21st place is nothing to complain about. Each World Cup I am learning so much more about the setting, format, myself, etc. I climbed well and one attempt was what kept me out of the next round.
Despite not making semi-finals, that night was a lot of fun! The American team, part of the Canadian team, and Eddie Fowke (The Circuit Magazine) had fun at dinner and hanging out afterwards. One of the most enjoyable parts of this season has been meeting new people, developing new friendships, and making great memories.
Unfortunately I missed watching Nathaniel climb in semi-finals due to a stomach bug I picked up, yuck! He ended up placing 18th which was awesome! It is always cool to see people from the American team crushing.
Luckily my stomach bug had subsided by the evening so I was able to watch finals. I am still impressed at how hard everyone climbed in finals, it was incredibly humid and boiling hot outside! Akiyo Noguchi had a great climbing day and won for the women, while Sean McColl took the win home for the men. I was super excited about Sean winning, I have known him since I was 12 or 13, which seems like a crazy long time at this point!
So here I end my first blog about China...lookout for the next one soon!