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Alex D. Johnson reports on the Dominion River Rock Boulder Bash

 
Alex D. Johnson reports on the Dominion River Rock Boulder Bash
Alex D. Johnson reports on the Dominion River Rock Boulder Bash
Alex D. Johnson reports on the Dominion River Rock Boulder Bash
Alex D. Johnson reports on the Dominion River Rock Boulder Bash
Alex D. Johnson reports on the Dominion River Rock Boulder Bash
Alex D. Johnson reports on the Dominion River Rock Boulder Bash
Alex D. Johnson reports on the Dominion River Rock Boulder Bash
 
May 24, 2011 -  Alex David Johnson    
 

This year I had the opportunity of competing in a bouldering comp unlike anything else done before.  The magnificent wall was built and designed by Brent Quesenberry, whom did a great job of really creating the ultimate viewer experience for someone who has never seen a bouldering competition, along with making it super fun to climb on.

 

As you can see it is just a metal structure with huge volumes hanging down that we climbed between to seek the prize of topping the huge 30 beast out.

Qualifiers, I really was just getting used to the wall as I sent problem #1 but not as smoothly as I would have liked due to the different style of climbing.  Qualifier #2 was pretty tough and I was pretty pumped from problem #1 as we only had 5 minutes per problem.  I made it far enough though to qualify me to semi-finals.  Technically, this was a boulder competition but felt more like a route competition as each problem had 20+ moves.  This led to exciting, showy big move climbing.

Semi-Finals
I was prepped and ready to crush. Qualifiers were over and I had a good feel of the wall. Our semi-finals route was one of the coolest problems I have been on. It had cool movement to a strong one arm lock off move to some shoulder moves on pinches, Shoulder Moves which then led to my favorite move of the comp "Bat-hang"!!!! and then a huge two handed dyno to finishing pinches.

During route preview I immediately scoped the bat-hang out and could not wait to do it.  Oddly enough I was the only person to do the move the quote un quote proper way haha.  Go figure.  I was the first of two to send the problem, Zach Lerner being the 2nd.

Finals Finals were supposed to follow semi-finals later on that night, however we were forced to delay them till the next day due to a sudden thunder storm that brought everything to a halt.  Only one problem lay in front of me on finals day.  During preview time I knew that I could send all I had to do was get past this one dyno move right near the end in which one could easily fly off the hold.  I easily made my way to the move through some solid feet first climbing action.  To my dismay I did not stick the sideways dyno first go, with only 5 minutes per climb I rested for a few seconds before hopping on again to give it my final burn.  Again I easily cruised to the move seconds before I was about to go for the move my feet cut which was actually better because it was better for me because I found out that I could just campus the dyno.  After sticking the campus I climbed up on the last move, looking at the last move which was a doozy I simply had no more gas left.  In the end I tied for 3rd but ended up taking 5th place due to falls. All in all I had an amazing time at the competition and cannot wait till next year in which I know will be even better!!


Highlight Video 2011 Dominion Riverrock Bouldering Competition from DPM CLIMBING

 

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