The depot Manchester is always my favourite centre for boulder comps. The massive amount of wall space means less queues and a lot less stress.
Youth B and C qualifying was first as usual. 8 blocs in 2 hours, scramble format. I liked that in this competition all our boulders were in the same room so we could see them all without having to walk between rooms.
My qualification went pretty smoothly and for once I finished before the time was up. After an hour an a half I had topped 7 and only had a really powerful problem left. At first I decided I was going to leave it and save my energy for the final but after a 20 minute break I went back over to it. I was curious to see if I could top it.
My first attempt earlier in qualifying involved a double heel hook which felt alright but I thought there might have been an easier way. 1 heel didn’t work, so I tried the double heel again. It worked if I really pulled my toes down. The last part of the problem was easier and it was fun to campus the last move.
I’m glad I went back to do the climb to get 8 tops and to qualify 1st.
The final was very crowded and stuffy and hot! In warm up I could only climb 3 blocs as it was so draining to climb in the heat. I’ve competed in some very warm conditions but nothing compared to this! Towards the end of qualification you could see all the chalk floating in the air.
Looking at my first bloc, I was slightly disappointed to find a volumes only slab. The first move was a sketchy jump. I didn’t realise it was a jump until I had pulled on, I looked around but couldn’t find another way so I risked it and jumped. The volume was surprisingly good and it was easy to stand up on the volume and walk across to the top hold which was another volume.
Final 2 was… interesting. It started off well because I topped it on my 3rd attempt. At the top I turned around looked at the judge and he held his hand up to say I had got the top. So I jumped down and was just about to move to the next bloc when one of the route setters stopped me. I was told that I had matched the wrong top hold. The top was 2 slopers touching each other with a tag at the top of them. The higher of the 2 holds was tagged and I matched the bottom one. They crossed out my top and I had to go again. I had another go and fell off and then ran straight back on with 40 seconds to go. I climbed as fast as I could (without falling off) and got to the bonus with 13 seconds left. I
I was so hot and I spent the whole of my rest time trying to cool down.
The last two boulders weren’t too hard. The 3rd bloc was really fun – it was all proper holds, very crimpy and overhanging. I on-sighted it.
Last, we had a problem on the big overhang. All the holds were good and it had a fun swing in the middle. You had to cross over to a jug and then let your body swing out. The rest was core crimps and a large sloppy volume for the last move. I on-sighted this climb too.
This was enough for first place. But I was most psyched about topping problem 2 after getting my initial top taken away from me. I’m ok on volumes but I didn’t think I could climb that fast.
Awesome setting as usual! (Except for the last hold on bloc 2 – that was annoying!)