These past 2 weeks have been a mix of transit, adventure, competition, and all-around having a great time!
The World Cup season started off in Meiringen, Switzerland on April 13-14. I flew into Zurich with my mom on the Monday before the competition. That night the US Team had a training session at Kletterzentrum Milandia.
On Monday our training session at Milandia consisted of an onsight round of 4 boulders, followed by flash attempts on 5 other boulders. It was a good way to break ourselves in for the upcoming competition and get used to the competition style we would be seeing. A big thank you to the setters at Milandia for creating some fun boulders for us to climb!
On Tuesday our training session at Milandia was more low-key, we had 6 boulders set by Josh Larson (thanks Josh!) to work on together. The boulders were mainly on the slab and definitely helped tone up our slab climbing skills!
We spent Wednesday sightseeing in Zurich, with the highlight being our visit to the Grossmünster! We walked A LOT this day and certainly made our legs a little tired…but it was worth it to see such cool places.
Thursday was a mellow day, we took the train to Meiringen and I got prepped for my competition the following day!
Qualifiers took place on Friday afternoon for the women. Since there were so many competitors we climbed in two groups (A & B). Below is a video of my highpoint on all of the boulders and then a short breakdown of how the boulders felt to me. My final score was 2T4Z, 2 6. An easier reading of the score is: 2 Tops, 4 Zones, 2 Attempts to Top, 6 Attempts to Zone.
Boulder 1: This boulder was a tricky slab to say the least! Getting off the starting holds required a high right foot and slowly inching your way up the wall. While I didn’t send this boulder I reached the zone!
Boulder 2: Powerful but straightforward, this boulder didn’t feel too difficult. As long as you kept moving through the boulder and maintaining accuracy, many people were able to send this boulder.
Boulder 3: Another powerful boulder, I had a difficult time moving off of the zone hold. It felt like a bad hold and really slippery to move off of to the next holds. I reached the zone on this boulder.
Boulder 4: On this boulder the first move was a jump onto decent holds. The rest of the boulder involved slowly moving off of the bad last hold to the actual finish hold, which was a jug!
Boulder 5: This boulder felt much like boulder 3 to me. I felt solid until I had to try and move onto the zone hold, I couldn’t quite figure it out and left this boulder without a zone.
My score didn’t put me into semi-finals and I ended up placing 34th. I definitely wish I had made the next round, but I personally climbed really well. It was the most confident round I had had in a long time and I had a lot of fun.
All of the positive feelings from Meiringen set a good tone going into Moscow!
Check out my next blog to hear about my adventures in Moscow :)
On to the next adventure…