With spring under way, the weather has been great in Northern California, and so I’ve had the chance to climb outside more often. Over spring break, I went back to Castle Rock with some friends from home and finished some problems that I hadn’t previously done.
School started soon after that, and then came CCS regionals in Reno, Nevada. It was great to have about 10 people from the Stanford team compete and the whole trip was a lot of fun. There was a bouldering/sport climbing competition as well as a speed competition – it was pretty exhausting competing in all of them. I didn’t do as well in bouldering finals as I would have liked, but I won speed. Overall, we placed second in our region, which is great, especially given that this was our first regionals and our first large competition as a team. Since then, we’ve been going to local competitions, such as the Planet Granite Friction Series, and we’re planning on competing in the next Touchstone bouldering competition in a week.
Just a couple weeks ago, some of the team went to boulder and sport climb at Mickey’s beach (north of the Golden Gate Bridge). It’s an amazing location – you’re climbing cliffs that face the ocean with waves cracking below you. We’re hoping to go back next weekend.
I also just became an official setter for the Stanford gym, and I’m looking forward to setting some awesome climbs this week.