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Noah Ridge reports on the Junior Bouldering Championships

 
Noah Ridge reports on the Junior Bouldering Championships
Noah Ridge reports on the Junior Bouldering Championships
Noah Ridge reports on the Junior Bouldering Championships
 
April 01, 2010 -  Noah Ridge    
 

Last weekend I was at junior bouldering invitationals in Philadelphia, PA. I had an awesome time! But getting to Philadelphia was much less than awesome. My trip began with a call from Delta telling us “your flight has been cancelled. “You will be rebooked for tomorrow morning at 6:00 am!”

Thankfully when I got to the airport they rebooked our flight for only 5 hours later, Yeah! Only 5 hours of sitting in an airport...

The next day I didn’t have to be there 'til noon so I got to sleep in. The comp started at around one and there was a 3 hour redpoint-style qualifying round. This was a very interesting comp as unlike USA climbing comps, I was in a combined category of youth A, B, and juniors instead of Youth A. At the qualifying round I tied for 9th and 10th, just squeezing into finals.

Finals was an onsight style competition, with 5 minutes on the wall and five minutes rest. After waiting in iso for an extremely long time since the categories were stacked, I finally went out. My first problem--I sent in the last 10 seconds—was spotted by Five Ten® athlete Alex Johnson.  I flashed the third problem, and didn’t get very far on the second or 4th problem, having trouble with the dyno start on the 2nd .  They misjudged how long finals was supposed to take. They said it would end at 9:00 pm but instead it went till midnight. Over all though, it was an awesome comp.

 
 

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