Hi again everyone!
I just returned home from the second National Cup of the 2017-2018 season, the Battle of the Bay at Dogpatch Boulders in San Francisco.
Qualifiers took place on Friday with the standard modified redpoint format. We have ten boulder problems to attempt and were scored by zones on these problems. The only difference between this redpoint and the Yank 'N Yard redpoint was that we had a 4 hour redpoint (instead of 3 hours) and were limited to 8 attempts per boulder.
I completed 9 out of the 10 boulders in qualifiers, putting me in 7th place going into finals. The qualifying boulder problems were a mix of technique and power. The level of boulders was slightly different in San Francisco than New Mexico. The hardest boulders in New Mexico were harder than the hardest boulders in San Francisco, but the easiest boulders in New Mexico were also easier than the easiest boulders in San Francisco.
Finals took place on Saturday night in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd. Below is a breakdown of the boulders:
Boulder 1: This boulder was vertical and involved using quite a few volumes. Getting to zone 5 required a lot of balance, with the next cruxy move being the finishing move, to zone 25. Almost everyone had trouble with the finishing move, except for the women who sent the boulder.
Boulder 2: A classic slab boulder, I felt very confident that I could send this boulder. The first move was a tricky stand-up move, then you moved over to a huge pinch and placed your foot on a small volume. The rest of the boulder was fairly straightforward, but the beginning moves of this boulder were definitely the most difficult moves of the boulder.
Boulder 3: Very straightforward and overhanging, this boulder had some okay crimps and decent feet. The hardest move for me was the finishing move, which I ended up falling on twice.
Boulder 4: I was very excited to get to zone 15 on this boulder! The first moves were difficult and jumping to zone 5 proved to be not easy to stick. Getting to zone 15 was what helped me land in 4th place and not 5th place.
Overall the competition went well. There are definitely things I can improve upon, but I look at each competition as a learning experience, a chance to climb with other strong women, and the opportunity to climb great boulder problems.
My next competition is the Violet Crown National Cup at Crux Climbing Center in Austin, Texas. I have 5 weeks until my next competition and I am looking forward to training and enjoying some time at home until then.
On to the next adventure...