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Open Rope Nationals!!!!! - Joseph Gifford

Open Rope Nationals!!!!! - Joseph Gifford
April 12, 2013 - 

I recently competed in the open SCS Nationals at the Movement climbing gym in Boulder, Colorado. It was a flash format for the qualifying rounds with two climbs. My first climb was interesting, there weren't really any hard moves in it but the climb itself was tricky in parts, it had a cool huge ledge traverse in the middle of the climb and then up into the more overhanging section where I fell, had more powerful big moves. I don't think I climbed my first climb very fluidly which led to getting super tired when I hit the over hang. The second climb I enjoyed more than the first. It was consistent moves until the top where the holds got worse and the moves more pumpy. I climbed well up to the more vertical face of the wall coming up from a 60ish degree wall below. At the top I got fairly tired and I struggled clipping the last clip which caused me to fall, but I felt like I could've gotten a bit further if I hadn't struggled with the clip. I had a lot of fun at the comp and ended up getting 18th place out of the 44 competitors not making it to finals, although it was better than I did last year. So for the rest of the comp i hung out with friends and cheered on my fellow competitors. The competition was a good learning experience and I'm going to keep training hard for the next big comp which will hopefully be The Ring of Fire.


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