Winter Bouldering League 2017 – Round 1 Write-Up

October 31, 2017 4:11 pm

The Atmosphere

With the winter chill starting to settle in the air in Norfolk, you’d think there would be less climbers at the competitions. However, cold is nothing to our competitors, as they stood eagerly awaiting their chance to get on the wall and try the many brilliant blocs set by Ben West. In total there were 30 new problems, set on the DMM Comp Wall, and some even making use of the tough x-cult holds that we got in for The Big Flash! A lot of the blocs had even the best of climbers flailing through the air as they peeled off unexpectedly.

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Cheeky chalk-up from David Taylor after he stuck the dyno

 

Attacking The Blocs

The perfect climbing conditions were in play, cold enough that the holds were extra grippy, but not so cold you could feel your skin burning. The attendance was high, and the competitors were eagerly waiting to get on climbs. There were lots of people repeatedly trying to hit and stick the pink dyno up the centre of the DMM Comp Wall, with David Taylor being the first to manage to hold the swing!

This round introduced an interesting new type of climb, The Noodle Challenge! Boulderers were instructed to climb up through the noodles, and if they popped one out, they had to climb down and start again. With it being harder than it looked, lots of people relished the opportunity to try out something new.


 
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Wrap Up For Round 1

Lots of fun was had, and everyone really enjoyed the blocs set by Ben, and when it comes to bouldering is there much else you want? With plenty of friendly banter in the air to keep the minds of the cold, and lots of our hand made wood-fired pizza circulating about, the evening was definitely memorable. After the climbing was done and the scores handed in, we had the Play Your Cards Right game! The jackpot of £25 wasn’t won this round, so it’ll roll over to the next one…

WBL17 Round 1 Results

Senior Female
Bridy Parsons 101
Libby Keen 100
Robyn Lindsay 58
Senior Male
David Taylor 207
Rob Woodward 194
David Reid 189
Veteran
Joe Martin 107
Richard Benjamin 81

 

Youth A
Michael Gilbert 204
Bradley Diggines 201
Lizzie Nicholls 178
Youth B
Tilly Reed 141
Sam Maddox 137
Coby Diggines 136
Youth C
Keris Moore 120
Sam Pestell 110
Sid Thompson 100

Interviews

Anna Hartley, Female Senior

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“How many comps have you taken part in before?”

Anna: About a years worth of competitions at Highball!

“Is there a target score you’re after?”

Anna: Not at the moment, no! I’m not climbing enough right now to have one… I used to be good!

“What’s your favourite thing about the climbing competitions?”

Anna: The community, I guess! Oh, and the new problems are good to get on.

“What’s your favourite climb at this competition?”

Anna: Theres a red up the middle arête… Oh, and the noodles, they add a fun element to it!

“You got any tips or advice for anyone new to climbing or thinking about taking part?”

Ben Drewry (shouting in the background): Get stronger!
Anna: Go for things! And don’t be afraid to get on the wall, and chat and socialise with people, have a laugh. You should push yourself, but don’t take it too seriously!

Ben Drewry, Male Senior

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“How many comps have you taken part in before?”
Ben: 3… Maybe? Including The Big Flash.

“Is there a target score you’re after?”
Ben: 150ish, but but I would like to do better.

“What’s your favourite thing about the climbing competitions?”
Ben: The banter. Everyone gets together and rips each other, theres loads of laughs and fun.

“What’s your favourite bloc at this competition?”
Ben: The green over by the noodles, there’s lots of cutting loose, and then crimps at the top. Really nice climb.

“You got any tips or advice for anyone new to climbing or thinking about taking part?”
Ben: Go have some fun. Don’t care about the scoresheet, just get together and have a laugh.


 

Note: The table currently includes bonus holds, this shall be amended.

NAMEROUND/EVENTCATEGORYGENDERPOINTS123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930Flash2nd3rdOTHERBONUSTEAM
SAPPHIRE A WARNESWBL17JUNIOR CFEMALE65311B111160101SQUAD YOUTH
PEPPER FOTHERGILLWBL17JUNIOR CFEMALE40111140000THE MINI GHOSTS + 1
MORGAN GOODHEWWBL17JUNIOR CFEMALE881211111B1181001ASCENSION
CHARLOTTE BOWDENWBL17JUNIOR CFEMALE8821111B111181001THE MINI GHOSTS + 1
ESME FOTHERGILLWBL17JUNIOR CFEMALE9011111111190000THE MINI GHOSTS + 1
LOTTIE BRUCEWBL17JUNIOR CFEMALE9011111111190000SQUAD YOUTH
SID THOMPSONWBL17JUNIOR CMALE1001111111111100000YOUTH SQUAD
KERIS MOOREWBL17JUNIOR CFEMALE12023B11112111111B102102
SAM PESTELLWBL17JUNIOR CMALE11011111111111110000STOP FLASHING
LYDIA BENJAMINWBL17JUNIOR BFEMALE93B11111B11B1190003YOUTH SQUAD
FINN ALDERSONWBL17JUNIOR BMALE115113114B1BBB143BB1311BBB90329ASCENSION
ARCHIE SOMNERWBL17JUNIOR BMALE130B11B11BB31111BBB12114111117ASCENSION
BEN PESTELLWBL17JUNIOR BMALE1263213111411B21111B102212STOP FLASHING
ALISSA MARDLEWBL17JUNIOR BFEMALE1351113111B1111111130101YOUTH SQUAD
COBY DIGGINESWBL17JUNIOR BMALE13721121114111B1111122011STOP FLASHING
SAM MADDOXWBL17JUNIOR BMALE13921B13111311141111B121212
TILLY REEDWBL17JUNIOR BFEMALE14231B1111111211111131101
ALLEN POWERWBL17JUNIOR AMALE8632111B1131171201
EMMA PESTELLWBL17JUNIOR AFEMALE10911111B111211B101002STOP FLASHING
LEWIS GOODHEWWBL17JUNIOR AMALE12921B111B11111111121002ASCENSION
MADDI BENJAMINWBL17JUNIOR AFEMALE1271111112111111121000SQUAD YOUTH
TOMMY PECHEYWBL17JUNIOR AMALE1362B1211111111111B122002
LIZZIE NICHOLLSWBL17JUNIOR AFEMALE1781111111211112111122154000THE PUNTER SQUAD
BRADLEY DIGGINESWBL17JUNIOR AMALE2033111111442111111111B1112182121YOUTH SQUAD
MICHAEL GILBERTWBL17JUNIOR AMALE20411B11114111112111121121183011SQUAD YOUTH
RICHARD BENJAMINWBL17VETERANMALE83111321B1B1171102
JOE MARTINWBL17VETERANMALE10811111B121111101001
ANNA HARTLEYWBL17SENIORFEMALE811111B111180001
ROBYN LINDSAYWBL17SENIORFEMALE5821111B151001FIGHTING CAMEL
LIBBY KEENWBL17SENIORFEMALE10311B111B1B1111100003ZONE OF THE SENDERS
BRIDY PARSONSWBL17SENIORFEMALE101111111B1111100001FLAMING FLAMINGOS
TOM WINGFIELDWBL17SENIORMALE11311B111B111111B110003
JAKUB STECWBL17SENIORMALE1611111111B21114B21111B4142023PRZYBLOG
JONNY BONDWBL17SENIORMALE801111111180000FIGHTING CAMEL
JACOB TILFORD-DACKWBL17SENIORMALE8111112311171100
SEBASTIAN WATERSWBL17SENIORMALE8211111114180010
DARREN CLAYTONWBL17SENIORMALE9111111B111190001
JOSH HOLMESWBL17SENIORMALE10821111B111111101001
BEN BEACHWBL17SENIORMALE1141B1B111B11B1111110004ZONE OF THE SENDERS
CARL FARROWWBL17SENIORMALE130B111111B1211111B121003ZONE OF THE SENDERS
LUKE SLIPPERWBL17SENIORMALE14312B111B1111221111123002
MARC FOTHERGILLWBL17SENIORMALE13421111111111112122000THE MINI GHOSTS + 1
DANIEL HADDOCKWBL17SENIORMALE1391111111B1121111B131002
DAN JAMESWBL17SENIORMALE1291131141B11BBBB11112B111116
ERIK GIBBONSWBL17SENIORMALE14011111111111111140000ZONE OF THE SENDERS
DAVID FOWLERWBL17SENIORMALE1594111111111B14211112142021FIGHTING CAMEL
NATE SIXXWBL17SENIORMALE1512111111BB2111B31111132103FLAMING FLAMINGOS
BEN DREWRYWBL17SENIORMALE1571121111111111111151000FIGHTING CAMEL
JED TIZZARDWBL17SENIORMALE164B1B11B1113B111B2B211111142106FLAMING FLAMINGOS
ALEX HARRISWBL17SENIORMALE1761111111B111B13111111170102
DAVID REIDWBL17SENIORMALE190111111111211131211114172110PUNTER SQUAD
ROB WOODWARDWBL17SENIORMALE19621111111B111112111111B182002PUNTER SQUAD
DAVID TAYLORWBL17SENIORMALE2071111111241111111111112B192011PUNTER SQUAD
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