The second and final leg of the Triple Crown was held at Horse Pens 40 a few weekends ago. Like the first leg at LRC, I went up with a group of climbers from my collegiate climbing club, and we camped at HP40 with the majority of the other competitors. I was a little nervous going into the competition because I hadn't climbed nearly as well as I had wanted to at LRC, and HP40 tends to give me a hard time. I also hadn't been to Horse Pens since the Triple Crown last year, so I didn't exactly have a game plan going in, but a nice big fire, a good amount of marshmallows and lots of good friends helped me take my mind off of my nerves.
Double Crown at HP40 - Francesca Metcalf
In the morning, some of the people I was with left (with all of my climbing stuff) to get breakfast before I woke up, and didn't return until almost an hour into the comp, so I had to start out a little late. Luckily, I ended up climbing much better than I was expecting to, so by the end of the day, I wasn't pressed for time at all- which is unusual for me at a Triple Crown competition, even if I start on time.
When my climbing things were returned, I headed into the boulder field, and hopped on the first things I could find. My warm up consisted of a V0, a V1, and Short Long, a V7 that I got on my second try. Not exactly my dream warm up, but luckily it did the trick. After that, I went on to day flash three V8s, another V7 and a V6. Those were the only climbs V6 and above that I knew I could do, so I went on to search for some new climbs. Some other climbers recommended Consumption, an 8 a little removed from the rest of the climbs, and I was able to do it third try. I then flashed Drain Pipe, a V6 next to Consumption with a really cool knee bar move, and sent two more new V7s- Slush Puppy and Boomslang Low. I had a full score card by an hour before the competition ended, and I thought about trying to bump my two 6s off of my card. By that time I was so exhausted and my skin hurt so much, that when I tried to get on another 8, I couldn't make myself hold onto the first holds long enough to even get off of the ground, so I called it a day.
I was super excited later to hear that I got second in Open once again to Patti Nickerson, and some other people from Georgia Tech had also done really well. Ryan Copeland crushed Star Chasers, and got a record amount of stars (211!) for the second time this year, and another one of our club members placed third in beginner. It was ridiculously cold waiting for awards, and unfortunately, they didn't do over-all since there were only two competitions, but we had a good time watching some climbing videos and scavenging for hot chocolate while we waited. Like always, the Triple Crown was a ton of fun, and I can't wait until the next time!