Yup, comps are fickle creatures and no amount of planning or presetting can help subside the beast once it's hunger has begun to grow and fester. You just keep battling it out, with sleepless nights, a billion pots of coffee (literally a biullion, or however many Red Bulls it actually does take to give you wings) and whatever kind of motivations you can stir up in that over worked and tired setting brain of yours. Eventually the times comes, and no matter what you do it always seems to come to quickly, the start time for the comp arrives and maybe you're done, maybe you're not, maybe while you do the first competitor briefing, one of the other routesetters or volunteers is slapping numbers on blocs, or is vacuuming the floor. Either way one thing is for certain, on the day of the comp, people will show up and they will rock climb, whether you 60 blocs up or 2 (if you only have 2 I suggest that an hour before the comp starts, you run, really fast and really far.)
So the last of the Summer Sweatfests came and went, Aaron and his team of routesetters (Francis and Tyler) put up 25 blocs, competitors climbed, smiled and enjoyed themselves as they normally do or should and all in all it was a great comp. I hung out, tried some of the problems, took pictures (of which only one turned out, yup I told you guys, still learning, my camera is smarter than me....) and in general just enjoyed the atmosphere. My buddy and Evolv team mate Mark Smith tied for first with Will Johnson and my girl Sasha Vince took first place on the women's side. Well that's it for me, turns out this post was a little bit longer than I intended, oh well. Enjoy guys, stay psyched!
|The only good shot...Mark Smith topping out what he thought was the bloc to give him the win, turned out it didn't matter but he did still need it for the tie. Congrats Mark!!! Yea boy!!!|