Sierra Blair-Coyle: Professional Rock Climbing Extraodinaire
Dyno Fail at Focus Climbing Center
So excited to be on the cover of College Times!
What an incredible week/weekend! I just arrived home from the first ever deep water soloing (psicobloc) competition to take place on US soil.
Psicocomp was held at the Utah Olympic Park over the pool that the aerialist use to practice their tricks. The wall was about 50 ft. tall, making the fall into the water very intimidating!
In addition to Psicocomp, I was also in Utah for the Summer Outdoor Retailer Trade Show. OR is always a great time, it is so much fun to catch up with sponsors and to see all of my friends.
The trip started off on Tuesday, where I flew into Salt Lake with my parents. That night I attended an athletes meeting that briefed us on the competition and gave us sometime to all hangout. Qualifiers began on Wednesday.
Since I had an invite to finals, I did not have to compete in qualifiers on Wednesday. I spent Wednesday at the trade show and enjoying a relaxing night in preparation for Thursday.
Thursday was a whirlwind day; I attended the trade show, went bobsledding with Shon Bollock (a professional kayaker on the Sanuk team), and had a practice round for Psicocomp. The practice round took place on the final routes. It was awesome to be able to work the routes and get used to falling. Bobsledding was a lot of fun as well, it definitely hurt a lot less than the first time I tried to bobsled, although I may have hurt Shon’s shins a little bit!
Finals took place on Friday night. The format was head to head elimination. In each bracket a climber moved on to the next round by reaching the high point first or getting the high point. I competed against Vikki Weldon in my bracket. Although I did not win, I had an incredible time climbing on the wall and doing my best!
It was so exciting to watch the rest of Psicocomp, especially some of the close races for the men! Psicocomp was a great competition and I hope they will continue to have more of them!
That about sums up my amazing week/weekend, what awesome memories!
On to the next adventure…
What a crazy week/weekend!
This past weekend I competed at the IFSC Toronto World Cup for bouldering in Hamilton, Ontario, saw Niagara Falls, and then flew to Colorado for two photo shoots!
To start my trip off, on Thursday I flew into Buffalo, NY, with my parents. From Buffalo, we drove to Hamilton. After checking into our hotel and grabbing some dinner, we were exhausted!
The next morning we wandered around downtown Hamilton until registration began in the afternoon. After registration, I grabbed dinner with my other US teammates, Alex Puccio and Meagan Martin. It was so much fun to have a girls dinner and wind down before the competition.
Qualifiers began on Saturday morning with 5 problems, following the standard insight format of 5 minutes on, 5 minutes off. While the problems were tough, I topped the first one, putting me in 19th place heading into semi-finals. Meagan qualified for semi-finals in 20th and Alex in 3rd. Ian Dory had a stellar showing as well, placing 24th on the male side.
Semi-finals took place early Sunday morning. Meagan and I were some of the first competitors out of iso. Once again, I topped the first problem, securing my 17th place. Meagan topped two problems, putting her in 13th place. Alex, topping all the problems, went into finals tied for first.
Between semi-finals and finals. I was able to go to lunch with my parents in Burlington, about 20 minutes north of Hamilton. Burlington is a beautiful town that resides on the waterfront. The views were breathtaking. After lunch, we went to Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, which is a vegan, gluten free, soy free, all natural bakery. It was such a great treat being able to eat so many desserts!
Watching finals was a lot of fun! Anna Stohr ended up winning, with Akiyo Noguchi in 2nd place, and Alex in 3rd. The problems were crazy hard as always, the girls did a great job!
The next day, I visited Niagara Falls for the first time. It was beautiful! It it crazy to think that nature can make something so amazing. We even at lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Falls, it was seriously so cool!
After out trip to the Falls, it was time to get back on another plane, heading to Denver this time! In Denver, I attended 2 photo shoots. The first was for Climbers Against Cancer, a great organization. I cannot wait to see how all of the photos turn out!
On to the next adventure…
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I’m currently en route back from Maui, and what an adventure did I have this weekend!
I flew in last Thursday, where I was picked up at the airport by the Roxy crew. After getting settled into the hotel, our group went out to dinner in Paia for Rosy Hodge’s (professional surfer) 26th birthday.
The next morning, the girls all had super early call times. Luckily for me, I was able to spend the day relaxing because of delays in shooting. It was nice to walk around the city and hangout on the beach as well.
On Saturday I got to deep water solo for the first time ever! I would like to give you a huge shout out to the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa for so graciously letting me climb on black rock and to the Climbers Association of Maui for guiding us, you guys are stellar.
The routes were awesome, over a clear blue pool of water. I cannot wait to get back and climb some more.
The next day I got to climb at two different locations. The first area, Secret Beach, was a small band of rocks literally right off of the beach. The established problem was basically a traverse, but there are many direct lines that need developing as well.
The second area we went to was incredible. To get to the problems I had to swim to the beginning of the problem and be lifted up by one of the crew. Big waves were coming in so I was lucky enough to have Matt from the Climbers Association of Maui on the lookout and most of the Maui crew in the water. The bottom of the area we were in was covered in sea urchins so Todd from Roxy helped me swim to the base of the problem for each attempt.
It was definitely crazy bouldering with waves rolling in, and sometimes even hitting me when I was climbing! But I loved the problems and I am so psyched on developing climbing in Maui.
So now I am headed home and off to Colorado on Sunday. I feel like I have been doing a whirlwind amount of traveling and I’m excited to be home for a few days.
On to the next adventure…