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Champions of the Day #2015

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Champions of the Day #2015

These Are the two champions of Bridges’ 5th Anniversary climbing competition. Above is the winner of the women’s division, ghost-climbing the route before making a real attempt; she planned out each move and then made the ascent perfectly, as easily as if it were an old recitation. The second climber, winner of the men’s division, had a bit more difficulty with his route, and fell twice before finally making that sweeping move on his third (and final allotted) attempt.

Pearce and I made our own attempts at the intermediate bracket of the competition. We rank higher than the best beginners but a few steps below the best intermediate climbers, so we weren’t expecting a win, but climbing today had a certain energy to it that we haven’t had before. We were scored based on the difficulty of the routes completed, and finishing a route on the first try nets more points. Falling at the gym usually comes at no penalty, but having this tiny pressure to hang on seemed to strengthen our grip more than I thought possible.

It’s been a good day, and we have plenty to improve on – which is how things should be.


Written by Umbrella Man

March 30, 2014 at 2:03 am

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