So this past weekend, I headed up to my old stompin ground, in Ottawa, Coyote Rock Gym for the Fall Classic. The Coyote Fall Classic is a friendly format competition, with no finals, and has been a long standing tradition for Ottawa Climbers. Jody Miall, the manager and head route setter, has been setting great comps for more than half of a decade now and continues to amaze and please. The quality of blocs was as per usual at its highest and a 150 competitors showed up to descend upon the 70 blocs that Jody and Kellen Tapely and a handful of other Ottawa setters put up with all the fury and desire of starved teenage boys at an all you can eat buffet. Now the field wasn't as stout as say a Tour De Bloc (although the first stop on Canada's National Bouldering Circuit will be held on Nov. 5th at Joe Rockhead's here in Toronto) but my friend Yves Gravelle, who lives in the Ottawa region, came out to show us all how strong he is, and likewise, I brought up my roomie, Eric Sethna. Joining that field plus myself was another friend and fellow setter who has also inspired me but I would say more, is someone who I would set any comp, anywhere, for any field with, Fred Charron.
The Blocs, again, were top quality, with some of the regular trickery that I would have expect from Jody Miall but one of the things that I would like to comment on is that Coyote Comps always have a perfect breakdown and distribution of zones. What is that you ask, well let me enlighten or review for those of you who all ready know this. Its part of the Chief's job to break the gym and walls into zones, if the boudlering wall is huge, unfortunately due to your position and responsibilities (I'd like to point out that these come with no extra $ signs) you need to break it up into zones where there will be a certain number of blocs and only that number of blocks, no matter how dope one of the other setters "traverse of a thousand moves" is. Ugh. So yea, you break each area and the other areas of the gym into different zones, make sure that there is an even distribution of easy, medium, hard, very hard and "huh really, that goes..." blocs and then you hope every one of your setters was listening at the huddle before you started setting. The more important thing about dividing up zones is you more want to consider it as the designated areas of "fall zones." This means that if two competitors bail off the last move of two different blocs in two different zones, no matter how bad they bail, or how far they superman off the last hold, they should not, ever, collide or land on top of each other. To bring that rant to full conclussion, I've always thought that Jody does a really good job of considering this. Next! Coyote built a new wall!
|I know it's not painted or textured but this is the only picture I could find of it. Besides, this is pretty dope no?|