I recently competed in Divisionals in Grapevine, Texas. The comp was held at Summit which was a nice change. I haven't been up there since the Dallas area left my division. Summit held a good comp. It was run well and the routes were good. There were two route in qualifiers. Q1 was straight forward, but it had two cruxy sections that gave people a lot of trouble. Q2 was a big step up. It wasn't bad until the roof section. Few people made it through the roof and nobody pulled the lip (at least in my age group). At the end of the first day I was in first place, but it was close. Finals was onsite format which is great because you don't stress out on beta as much, so you can go out and just climb. Out in route preview I talked with my fellow competitors and with their help I got the best beta, including a fantastic rest. Finals routes are always more fun than the qualifiers and this was no exception. The coolest feature was a drop down onto and stalagtight volume and then climb up the other side. This part ended up spitting off a lot of the tall people. Shane Puccio and I were the only two people who ended up sending the route and we both did a big move to the top instead of doing it the intended beta. I ended up placing first. Now it's off to nationals at Stone Summit which is were I am currently training. If all goes well I'll be competing in Singapore!!!
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