I just returned home from my first trip to Austin, Texas, where I competed in the Southwest Boulder Fest!
The competition took place on Saturday, with a qualifying round that took the top 6 athletes for men and women to finals. I really liked the red point format for qualifiers because open only had 10 problems to complete for our category and we were only scored on those 10 problems. They also did World Cup scoring (meaning they scored bonuses and tops). This allowed the competitors to focus on certain problems and allowed us to climb together for the most part as well.
I was fortunate enough to complete all 10 boulders with the least amount of falls, so I earned myself a first place spot heading into finals.
Finals were run using the standard World Cup final format, except there was a 4+ clock (meaning we could continue climbing if we were on the wall when our time ran out on the clock). The boulders were a variety of styles and super fun to climb.
Our first boulder took place in a corner where there were a few ways to complete a dyno or do a run across. It is hard to explain the boulder without a picture, but I ended up dropping down in the corner and doing a small dyno. I sent this boulder on my third attempt.
The second boulder started with a dyno. We then moved up to a pair of volumes stacked together to create a small crimp rail and then a larger, really good volume. I fell grabbing the larger volume and unfortunately did not top this boulder.
The third problem involved a lot of wrestling around on purple volumes. This definitely felt like the hardest boulder for me. Claire Buhrfeind was the only female to send!
Our last problem, and probably my favorite problem, was super long! It started out on some flat holds and then transitioned through an overhang where we literally had to sit on one of the holds! It was fun and actually not as difficult as it looked. I sent this boulder as well.
At the end of the competition I ended up placing 5th. I had a great time at the Southwest Boulder Fest and am looking forward to returning in the future!
Up next on the list is the Bloc Shop Open in Montreal on 7-8 October.
On to the next adventure...