A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the Youth World Championships in Imst Austria. This event went very well, it being my first time ever appearing on the world stage.
Youth World chamionships and first fall climbing - Ben Isaac Tresco
I finished in eighth place, making finals. I had an amazing time, and this was one of the best experiences of my life. I started the comp off well, flashing the first qualifier. This was a slightly overhanging power endurance route, much like Q2. The second qualifier was a bit more overhanging with better holds. I made a big clipping mistake at the top, and I fell at the last bolt. This got me into semis in 10th place. The semifinal day was extraordinarily cold and my fingers were so numb that by the time I reached the roof they were like ice cubes. I held on until I reached the last move and fell. I was unhappy that I didn’t reach the top, but I was overjoyed that the performance I gave was able to get me a spot in finals. In finals the skies cleared a bit. The pressure was intense and my nerves were overpowering. I felt I climbed poorly in the final, but I am still glad I finished 8th. I am excited for next year and I hope to do much better.
This fall season has started off pretty well. I sent a route called SST(13d) and opened up a couple of new projects that I am stoked to try and send this fall. It is now bouldering season, so I plan on making my way down to Joe’s Valley a few times as well as focus on my route goals.