Last weekend, Saturday to be more exact, the 11th to be even more exact was the Power struggle 6, held at my local gym Prime Climb. I’ve been to a good number of bouldering competitions, and this one is definately my favorite. I am probably biases since it is my home gym and I have a lot of friends there and a home of sorts. But, it’s still my favorite. And this one, again, did not dissappoint. Now due to work, I have not been climbing barely at all in the last couple of months. Even in the gym. So I knew that my strength would not be up to par. I got my hardest problems out of the way first, then just tried to fill my card with what my diminishing strength could muster. Overall, I was happy with my performance. I knew that it wasn’t what I could have achieved had I been able to climb at all in the weeks leading up to it, but I was happy.
All of the problems at this competition were solid. I feel like the grades were right on the money. For CT at least. That’s alright, CT breeds strong climbers. (Especially with Prime Climb’s upcoming training wall, updates soon) Every problem I tried, I was happy on. I was even happy when they threw me off because that just meant I had more to try later. I got my five on my score card and was satisfied. My fingers weren’t. But that’s nothing a good after-comp beer can’t help. Mad props to all of the setters for this one. Their A games definitely showed.
The finals keep improving at this comp. The climbers were strong and they made a good showing. The women’s winners were 1-3, Molly (who I haven’t seen before, Galina Parfenov, and Christine Fontanella. The Men rounded off with first place going to Ty Landman, followed by Josh Larson and Shane Messer.
I think that my favorite part about this competition is just how laid back it feels. There is no incredible crazy drive to beat everyone else, it’s just a good time where everybody comes with their A-game, to hang out, cheer on friends, and have fun.
Over the past year I’ve been working on some projects with Prime Climb. This past summer I remodeled their bouldering cave and I’ve also buitl two volumes for the gym. All three of these projects of mine were in use for this comp. This was the first time that the cave has been used for competition problems and both of my volumes were up on the walls for everybody to see and climb on. It was a pretty cool feeling.
This is my buddy Mike Bowhser attacking the very first volume I ever made. I am a carpenter by trade and I thought I could make a volume, so I tried. And lo and behold, it worked. The angles on this one were a little hard. I strongly dislike compound angles and this one was full of them. I can’t draft, so I was really just making this up on the fly. It turned out awesome, it’s solid, and climbers seeem to really dig it.
This is third place winner Shane Messer after he breezed by my most recent volume. This one has a three foot by three foot base and sticks out from the wall about two feet. This one, although bigger, was a little easier to construct. I had already established how to make the structure and attachment with the first one. So this one went a good bit quicker to make. It has almost 60 t-nuts in it plus a little run of grip tape. I was really pleased with how this one turned out. It seemed that crowd and friend approval was high as well. I think the next one I make will be a little smaller. Maybe one that only takes one person to carry.
The pictures are courtesy of my friend Jeremy Marcantonio.
My free days on the weekend as of late have been taken up by working on Prime Climb’s new training wall. One half will be a system wall, the other half will be wall of campus rungs and the like. There will be updates on that, so check back. Even on my weekends I have not been getting to climb much. On the bright side, we’re starting on our downhill path at work, so evenings and weekends will be starting to open up a bit more. Which is good, cause I need to climb.