It’s been a pleasantly busy month, and I am finally catching my breath during my first full weekend at home in a few weeks. Now it’s time to reflect on some of the fun I have had recently!
A (Better-Late-Than-Never?) Recap of River Rock! - Angela Payne
A few weekends back, I went to Richmond, Virginia for the annual Dominion River Rock bouldering competition. I have participated in this competition for three years now, and it is always a good time. It is a very unique event, mainly due to the climbing structure—a scaffolding cage with suspended volumes. This makes for an incredibly unique climbing style, something of a mix between route climbing, bouldering and monkey bars. The climbing competition is part of a bigger outdoor festival, and there is always a good turn out from the local community to support the kayakers, bikers, runners, slack liners and musicians.
This year I was racing the clock to get to the competition. I left work half-way through my shift Friday morning, took two flights (the gods of air travel were with me and both flights ran on time), and went straight to the venue to climb a qualifier route. I was happy to see that the “walls” were a bit shorter this year, but I still managed to get pumped out of my mind on my first qualifier, barely keeping it together for the flash.
On Saturday we had three rounds of climbing: another qualifier, semis and finals. It looked like it might rain early in the day, and as I was sitting in the chair waiting to climb my second qualifier, the heavens opened up. The competition was stopped and miraculously it stopped raining relatively quickly so we were able to climb all rounds that day. I climbed well through qualis and semis, and felt good going into finals.
During the preview of our route, the other girls and I spotted what we thought was a rose move in the sequence. When I tried to execute this move, however, I was unable to move quickly out of the rose position, and missed the next hold. Meagan Martin gained usable surface of the next hold, but only Sasha was able to control the next hold (using some very crazy, creative, non-rose-move beta). I am always very impressed with Sasha’s ability to hold on and come up with a viable, albeit untraditional, solution in situations like these. So, once again I took third at the River Rock competition, behind Sasha and Meagan. It was a pleasure to share the podium with such good friends.
And, just in case four rounds of climbing wasn’t enough, on Sunday we had speed bouldering. I felt quite tired, but managed to move relatively quickly (for myself at least) and took third in that event as well, behind Meagan and Kira Condie.
True to form, the best part of this competition was spending a weekend in Richmond with friends, laughing, enjoying being outside and doing some fun climbing. Although the weather tried to ruin the fun, it did not prevail, and the weekend was a success. A huge thanks goes out to all the organizers, setters and supporters who made this event possible! Another fun competition added to the list J