After a not-so-exciting spring, stuff is finally starting to heat up! I have one more week of school and finals, and then I’m done with my sophomore year of high school. I’ve been attending Peak Potential weekly, and have also been competing a LOT lately, basically having a comp every weekend for about a month. On April 21 I had a sport comp at a gym in New Rochelle called TRC, and the weekend after, I competed in the finals for a new series started by Deadpoint Magazine called the YBS (Youth Bouldering Series). The next weekend, May 5, I went to New Jersey Rock Gym, for the last comp before SCS regionals. I placed first at all these events, so I was pretty psyched, especially since endurance climbing has always been a week point of mine.
Last Saturday was SCS regionals. It was in a little town called Halfmoon, NY (like 20 miles north of Albany), at a new gym I had never heard of. There were a few delays in the morning, but I was in the afternoon stack of climbers, so they didn’t affect me too badly. I started climbing around 5:30 pm. It was an onsight comp, with three routes per age group. My first route was about a 5.9 up until the last two moves, where it went from about 5.9 to 5.11. I flashed it pretty quickly, and moved on to the second climb. This was a slabby, technical climb, which is definitely a weakness of mine, so I was happy to have onsighted this one as well, even though I was way more pumped and exhausted than I should have been. The third climb was a bit misleading; everyone thought it was going to be really easy, but there was a reachy crux around the fourth bolt and another crux at the next bolt, only with pinches. I got through these, then pitched off the climb at the last hold before the finish because I was so pumped. This was enough to put me in first place, but it made me realize that I need to work on my endurance a lot more before divisionals in June, and hopefully nationals in July. I then went and competed in speed climbing about three minutes after I sport climbed, and placed second in that. I got home at about midnight, and passed out the second I hit the bed.
I don’t really have any plans set in stone for the next few months, but my climbing over the summer has a way of putting itself together at the last minute, so I’ll have to see where that takes me. All I know is I’m going to be training as hard as I can for SCS divisionals, and hopefully getting to climb outside as much as I can in this great weather. A huge thanks to Five Ten for all their help! I couldn’t ask for better shoes or support!
Photos from the YBS final event