Winter Bouldering League – Round 2

December 5, 2017 1:35 pm

The Atmosphere

The cold had abated for an evening, Highball was warmer than it had been in a few days, almost as if anticipation was in the air for this round. The new section of the DMM Comp Wall was open and the blocs set on it were adequately challenging to break in the new section.

With around 60 competitors in Highball, the wall was positively brimming with bouldering. The anticipation for the blocs was palpable, and the waiting crowd were eager to hit the problems set by Guy Copland and Thomas Smith, and flash like mad.

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An encouraging message left by a climber

 

Attacking The Blocs

There were a lot of great problems set by Tom and Guy, and they really took the new section of the DMM Comp Wall to task with some particularly tough blocs.

A lot of enjoyment was had on the yellow problem in the cave part to the left of the arête, where a tough squatting move around a volume followed by a difficult almost blind reach up, and then a couple of strong moves with interesting footwork to top out! See the picture gallery for people giving the bloc a go!


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Wrap Up For Round 2

The comp was brilliant, as they always are, the competitors were all great to be around and chat with, and it was brilliant seeing the UEA Climbing Team down in their colours!

The food was amazing, Jo really busted out some excellent pressed wraps for the night. The final raffle was drawn, prizes were won and the Play Your Cards Right wasn’t won, so the jackpot rolls over to the next round at £75!

Don’t forget, Round 3 begins at 14:30 on December 29th! And, if you’re a team waiting on your Team T-shirts, you should have them by the next round!

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WBL17 Round 2 Results

Senior Female
Libby Keen 132
Amelia Gee 128
Anna Hartley 118
Senior Male
Garry Smith 276
David Taylor 275
Matt Ireland 261
Veteran
Joe Martin 120

 

Youth A Female
Maddi Benjamin 140
Emma Pestell 119
Youth A Male
John Golder 281
Harry Francis 151
Jack Simmonds 143
Youth B Male
Sam Maddox 199
Ben Pestell 168
Coby Diggines 149

 

Youth B Female
Alissa Mardle 174
Katie Fisher 151
Lydia Benjamin 112
Youth C Male
Sam Pestell 112
Kieran Hodgson 104
Youth C Female
Lily Bird 164
Gina Parr 121
Beth Barnard 120
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Interviews

Alex Slaughter, Male Youth A

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

Alex: This is my first comp!

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

Alex: Ideally 300! *laughs* but would like to get 150. Currently on 139!

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

Alex: It’s a challenge, thinking through a problem and being able to complete it is satisfying.

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

Alex: The red, left of the arête, because its a big challenge!

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

Alex: Just give it a go! You look at it and it can look pretty hard, but they aren’t actually that bad!

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Matt Ireland, Male Senior (Matt: “Category? Legend.”)

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

Matt: I dunno… many! *laughs*

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

Matt: Nah, I just come to do as well as I could, and have a laugh.

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

Matt: You. *Laughs* Nah, nah, it’s a good atmosphere and a great laugh.

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

Matt: The grue (grey and blue) on the right of the DMM Comp Wall, its a beast of a climb!

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

Matt: Stretch.

“Do you stretch?”

Matt: No, I don’t *laughs* I just jump on, but you should stretch and warm up! Especially because it’s cold, you’re more likely to do damage to yourself.

Click here for a guide to warming up!

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