Once SCS Regionals came to a close, I had a few weekends to participate in the Dominion Riverrock Boulder Bash and the Ring of Fire, both of these competitions were great experiences for me.
Dominion Riverrock and Ring of Fire - Kayla Lieuw
Dominion Riverrock is a unique sports and music festival held in Richmond, VA. Last year I spectated this event because of the age requirements. Although it was fun, I was dying to climb the entire time. This year I was finally able to compete, and it was incredible. Climbing on volumes suspended from a steel cage was an experience like no other and it was great to compete amongst so many talented athletes.
The following weekend, I competed at Central Rock’s competition, The Ring of Fire. The qualifier round was a very different format than I’m used to. Everyone had about 3 hours to do the 3 qualifier climbs without any type of running order. I was very happy with how I did on 2 of my 3 routes but sadly it wasn’t enough to make finals. Watching finals was great too though and I was ecstatic to be able to spend time with many of my friends from around the country.
The next day, I climbed at Central Rock’s new gym in Watertown, which will be hosting my SCS Divisionals. All I can say is that after climbing at Watertown, I couldn’t be more psyched for Divisionals! All in all, I feel that competitions like Dominion Riverrock and Ring of Fire are new and exciting experiences that provide a break from the standard USA Climbing competitions. I look forward to participating in more of these competitions in the future.
Lastly, I owe a huge thanks to everyone who was involved in organizing these fantastic competitions!