Climbing outside multiple days during the week and every day of the weekend made me believe that I was actually in decent climbing shape. The thought of an indoor competition made me laugh fearlessly. How dare thee holds compare to the rugged foot smears and razor crimps of Grandmother, BRB, 221, Lost Cove, or elsewhere? Little did I know…
The comp was at a brand new gym created in record time for the ABS comp. These guys worked hard to get the gym up and ready as well as focusing on putting up some killer new problems. The first thing I saw when walking into the gym was a roof wall with awesome holds and a severely steep angle. Pssyyyched! The gym was packed and I was unsure how everyone was going to get the chance to climb everything they needed in the short amount of time. But our group of friends had fun and got on a variety of sick problems. We paced ourselves and each other, supported each other on our harder climbs, and towards the end didn’t want to stop when the comp ended, so kept climbing. Brennen won first in mens overall after I harrassed him to do it in the first place (you’re welcome!!) and I got first in womens. It was so cool to see some really strong youth girls too who look like they are headed for great things.
The next day we got a late start for climbing at Rumbling Bald, but the weather was absolutely gorgeous and the area was nothing like the high country. The trees were lush with a variety of colors and a perfect amount of sun shined throughout the afternoon. We took our time warming up and having Pratt get used to his new Evolv predators. (They are an awesome shoe, we now both have them!!) We ran some laps on the unknown V3 pictures below and headed down the trail to try some harder things. It’s a funny feeling when you forget or don’t comprehend how truly wrecked you are, so some fightin’ words escaped our lips as we couldn’t understand why we weren’t sending. With limited daylight left, we decided to play around and have fun with the last bit of light, and admired the views and trees the entire hike down to the car. Stopped at a vegetarian restaurant in Asheville before heading back (DELICIOUS) and prepared ourselves for the week. Was an awesome trip and I couldn’t be more grateful for the awesome friends and climbing crew I have this year!