Tis the season for competitions, although our season in the high country is also strangely continuing and perfect for climbing. The Collegiate Climbing Series in the southeast has kicked off and the past couple of weeks have been dedicated to training and competing every Saturday and, if lucky, climbing the next day outside. You can learn more about the CCS competitions and plan for those to come on the USA climbing website (http://usaclimbing.net/ccs/home.cfm)
Competitions can be fun for sure, but personally only when not taken too seriously. After a while, everyone you compete with is someone you know, climb with, and develop friendships with. The experience has always been a fun one with getting to solve new problems with familiar faces, and maybe swinging a prize or too by placing.
All I will say is that attitude is everything. When taken too seriously and you forget you are literally in a school climbing gym and your first or second place ribbon will not save millions of lives, nor will it even pay your college bills, nor will it even look attractive on your pasty, chipped apartment wall, then it can kind of be a bummer. Haha, but seriously. I could not shake my own insecurities for the day and just have fun until much later in the comp. Funnily enough, my dearest friend in the world, Chrissy (who placed first in beginner-psyched!!!!! ) told me she had a similar ”moment” too. Her words of wisdom?: “I just told myself, Chrissy, what really matters here? The fact that I can’t do this problem, or the fact that all of my friends are here, we just want to have a fun time and be happy together.” Well good grief, I could have pulled a straight meme face I thought that was so beautiful of an attitude… ^^^^^
Anyways, I knew she was 100% right and the rest of the comp was awesome. I was so incredibly psyched to watch my friends crush that evening, eat soup, pose awkwardly on staircases, and enjoy the company of people I love. I ended up placing second in womens advance…which was surprising after my performance but I went with it!
our fancy free shirts! my girl drop kneeing like a boss!
On a more awesome note, we got to climb outside today in seriously perfect weather, 45 and sunny! We had such a great crowd of awesome and strong people out. Psyche was definitely high as high country climbs like Mag 7 (v7), Portabello (v9), Black Crack (v12), and Funny Bone (v13) all got climbed on by some crazy strong people!! Was so inspiring to see and everyone had such a great attitude. Sometimes climbing in large groups can be hectic or overwhelming, but today it was perfect. I pretty much did Pinching the Loaf (v7/8) but punted the jug top-out, haha –>
Congrats to everyone on their progress of the day though! Another grueling week of school and climbing in a gym while temps are perfect outside await. Psyched. Hope everyone has an awesome week and gets OUTSIDE while it is still gorgeous!
I also forgot to mention another awesome moment: getting a group of girls together and convincing them to get on harder climbs. At one time there were three of us working Pinching the Loaf–the other two girls had never been on it yet cruised the first move! Seriously awesome and shows that more people need to ignore what they think are personal boundaries and hop on things regardless of the number. Got me way psyched. Oh yeah, and Kat saying she had never been on a v7 before, yet cruised the hardest seven I’ve ever done up to the one bump move!!!! dah!