Last weekend I headed down to Albuquerque for the 15th Annual Yank-N-Yard competition. I remember competing in this event in my first few years of climbing. I feel like it was this event in the past that shaped my idea of competition climbing long before USA Climbing, the pca and UBC. I guess everyone has their own first real competition experience, professional or not at the time, this was mine.
15th Annual Yank-N-Yard in Albuquerque - Jon Cardwell
As always, it was good to see my family. My mom generously hooked up Carlo Traversi, Nick Sherman, Greg Miowski and myself up with a place to stay. The weekend was set and we drove 7 hours from Boulder straight to the comp for the red point qualifiers. After a quick two hours, the qualis were done and the whole crew was in for the Finals. Five Ten represented well, Ian Dory, Carlo and I were in the top three.
The final was on Saturday. The comp started at 6:30pm which meant hanging out all day before climbing. The rest was well needed as we were all wrecked from the qualifiers so no one complained...especially with the baller waffles my mom hooked up!
The problems in the comp were very thought provoking being both sequential and long. The sequences were most of the time figured out in the first attempt but one was forced to strategize the number of attempts because of the zone format and number of moves. Usually, after one attempt most climbers were too pumped to finish. Except for Carlo and I, no one finished a boulder. My first problem was a slab. I took a long time to preview the line before stepping on so that I could save energy while climbing. Thankfully, the patience payed off and I flashed the boulder. The next two problems went well but after the first attempts I was too tired to finish.
When the comp was done, I placed first with one flash and two bonuses, Carlo was a close second with a 2nd try top and two bonuses and Nic Sherman tied for third with Michael O'Rourke but ended up being split based on qualifying results. Everyone seemed to have a good time. I especially enjoyed being back home, if it was only for a couple days.
Unfortunately I don't have much to say for the women's comp as we were in isolation while they were climbing but here are the complete results:
1st Jon Cardwell, Albuquerque, NM
2nd Carlo Traversi, Boulder CO
3rd Michael O’Rourke, Boulder CO
4th Nicholas Sherman, Boulder, CO
5th Ian Dory, Ft. Collins CO
6th, Asher Shay-Nemirow, Denver, CO
1st Megan Mascarenas, CO Springs, CO
2nd Tyler Youngworth. CO Springs, CO
3rd Jesse Youngworth. CO Springs. CO
4th Sierra Blair-Coyle, Scottsdale, AZ
5th Flannery Shay-Nemirow, Denver, CO
6th Sarah Fullerton, CO Springs, CO
There should be more photos and video up soon!
Greg Mionske hookin' it up: