For CCS nationals two weeks ago, the Stanford climbing team as well as a bunch of other teams from all over the country ventured to Florida to compete.
Although I didn’t do quite as well I would have liked (I just missed finals in bouldering and speed), it was a lot of fun. It was really cool to see quite a few new faces along with the familiar faces of the climbers I had competed with in the youth series. It was also great to spend more time with the other team members, from hanging out in the hotel to watching a SpaceX rocket launch. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to climb with as a team.
I am now back at university, getting ready to finish my second year. And with a large portion of my undergraduate time completed, I’ve been reflecting on the past few weeks, months and years; nationals emphasizes to me how far the Stanford Climbing Team has come. The team has made great strides, from being just an abstract idea to having twelve team members competing at nationals in a bit over a year. It’s great to see everyone doing so well, and I am looking forward to seeing the team get stronger both in terms of climbing performance and community support and camaraderie into the future.