This past weekend I was able to fly up to Boston to compete in the Dark Horse Finals. I've watched all the recap videos and immediately put on my list of must do competitions. I was feeling pretty good when I bought my plane tickets. I just had a great trip out in southeast where I did some of my hardest sends and I just won youth ABS Divisionals. Only problem was that every other strong person on the planet flew out to climb at this thing too. Daniel Woods, Paul Robinson, Jimmy Webb, Vasya Vorotnikov, Carlo Traversi, Nick Picarella, Rob D'Anastasio, Michael O'Rourke and plenty of other people I forgot to write down. This was the most stacked "local" competition I have ever been to. The qualification round was redpoint. The hardest redpoint round on the planet. Everyone running around sending all the hardest boulders. Actually at first everyone was projecting on one wall until time was running low.
After qualifiers everyone ran down to Panera for lunch for a quick bit before finals started. I found out I just missed advancing to finals when we got back. I tied with Rob D'Anastasio and we were right on the other side of the cut off. If either of us did one more route we would have been solid.
I decided I would take up the role as photographer for finals. Unfortunately there were so many people who came to watch finals I couldn't get close enough to see anything without climbing up the walls, so I just chilled in iso with everyone else. While waiting for male finals to start Jimmy and I made up a bunch of retarded problems that were awesome. Climbing up the wall backwards or swing from rings to pinches and of course... campusing.
When the women were finishing up they made an announcement that cars were being towed, so a bunch of people rushed out and I managed to get a good spot to watch the males. The routes looked pretty intense and the crowd was loud from beginning to end. Daniel Woods won by destroying every problem, Nick Picarella placed second, the true dark horse and Paul Robinson was third. On the women's side Isabelle Faus won, Angie Payne in second and Meagan Martin wound up in third.
The next day I went back to Metro Rock and tried the finals problems. I only sent the first one. I think I'll blame my lack of sending on the fact that I was still wrecked from the day before and my fingers hurt. A good excuse if you ask me.
I definitely want to go to next year's Dark Horse because this one was phenomenal.