It seems like I will be writing a lot of blogs in the next few months with all of these amazing competitions happening!
I just returned home from the first Bloc Shop Open in Montreal, Canada and it was amazing!
The competition took place on Saturday and Sunday, with qualifiers and semi-finals on Saturday and finals on Sunday evening.
The competition was an onsight that generally followed the World Cup format. We had 5 problems in qualifiers and I topped all 5 of them, along with Alannah Yip. A quick breakdown of the problems is below, along with a video.
Boulder 1: The classic slab! The start of this boulder was actually really difficult. The next few moves required a lot of balance and then we finished with a jump to the finishing hold.
Boulder 2: This boulder was powerful but overall not too bad once I used the correct beta!
Boulder 3: I loved this boulder because it was another balancing problem, then a big jump to the finishing hold. The key was to set your feet up correctly and not hesitate going towards the finishing hold.
Boulder 4: A technical boulder, as long as your beta was correct it wasn’t too difficult to send this one.
Boulder 5: This boulder also felt technical, with a hard and committing move at the top!
My climbing in qualifiers put my in 2nd place heading into semi-finals behind Alannah.
Below is another video and breakdown of the semi-finals boulders.
Boulder 1: Technical and vertical this problem required some precise footwork, but I walked away with a flash.
Boulder 2: This was definitely the most epic boulder problem of the night for me, it had a dyno for the first move and then there was some volume wrestling to reach the finish. Unfortunately I fell on the hold before the finish and was unable to complete this boulder. However, during the volume wrestling I ripped off an old scab from the Southwest Boulder Fest last weekend and left quite a bit of skin and blood on the volume! I'm still looking for someone who has a photo of all the carnage...it was nasty! Sorry Alannah for leaving some blood and skin on the volumes before your attempt! :(
Boulder 3: A big dyno started off this boulder problem, which I unfortunately was unable to do.
Boulder 4: This boulder started off on two box volumes and crawled into some holds with less than ideal friction! Although I reached the bonus, I fell below the top like so many others.
Unfortunately from my performance in this round I did not qualify for finals (I only missed the cut off by one attempt!). It was definitely disappointing, but as always I am continuing to learn something new in each competition and continue to push myself further and harder!
I also unfortunately missed viewing finals. Due to forecasted weather I had to take an earlier flight home, so I flew home on Sunday instead of Monday. I am really looking forward to watching the replay of finals and seeing all of the amazing problems they set.
Before I end my blog I want to thank Boiler Room Climbing and Malek Taleb for sponsoring my trip to Montreal. I had such a great time at the competition and it was so kind of them to bring me out to compete.
My next competition is the Yank & Yard in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 20-21. In the next 2 weeks I am going to continue my training and hopefully have great success at my first National Cup!
On to the next adventure…