What a crazy weekend it has been!
On Saturday, I competed at the 3rd annual Portland Boulder Rally!
The day began early, with a 9:30 AM check-in time followed by an interview with ClimbingNarc (click here to view interview). Open qualifiers took place from 11 AM-2 PM, and the field was stacked. So many incredible male/female climbers were competing, it was bound to be tough to break the top 6.
I was so excited to qualify in 5th place! I could not wait to get on the finals problems that night, the setters always have something incredible in store!
Finals were streamed live via LT11 and ClimbingNarc. I love competitions that are streamed because it gives everyone a chance to view the competition, even if they cannot make it to the venue. Great job as always guys!
I placed 6th in finals, and had so much fun! The problems delivered the right amount of difficulty, were technical/powerful/interesting/crowd pleasing, all at the same time. It was awesome to try so many unique new problems.
I apologize for the short recap, but I am dead tired from a day of traveling! I left Portland to fly straight to Maui, where I am climbing/vacationing for a week. I cannot wait for all of the adventures this week will bring…but I will keep everyone updated!
On to the next adventure…
Whew! Another trip has come and gone quickly!
I had the pleasure of spending this past weekend at the grand opening of Sender One, Chris Sharma’s climbing gym, in Santa Ana, California.
My trip began on Thursday where I caught an early flight to Orange County that morning. My parents picked me up from the airport where I headed to Roxy headquarter sand then Oakley headquarters. Big thanks to both Roxy and Oakley for the new gear! You guys rock! That night we headed back to the hotel and went straight to bed, I had to wake up early for a Sanuk meeting in the morning.
Friday began with my meeting at Sanuk, which was so much fun! I love the Sanuk crew and the shenanigans that always happen in the office! I’m lucky to have such incredible sponsors.
After my Sanuk meeting, I went to Sender One. Friday was members only day/night and the professional athlete competition practice round. It was fun to try problems with so many other climbers and start strategizing with my team. I was on “Team Orange” with Alex Johnson, Carlo Traversi, Daniel Beall, and Kevin Jorgeson.
Saturday was all about the Sender One grand opening. Sender One had free climbing for everyone, which made for a crazy turnout of people. People began lining up at 9 AM (the gym officially opened at 10 AM), and the line was out the door throughout the entire day. Sender One did over 800 belay checkouts!
That afternoon I did a Sanuk autograph signing with Chris Sharma and Daila Ojeda. The turnout was incredible! I had so much fun meeting so many new people and climbers, it was really exciting.
The main event of the Sender One grand opening was the invitational competition that night. While I was on the Orange Team, there was also the Black Team (Angie Payne, Courtney Sanders, Michael Bautista, Paul Robinson, and Tommy Caldwell), and the Blue Team (Ashima Shirashi, Chris Sharma, Joe Kinder, Kyle Owen, and Meagan Martin). So many strong climbers were in one place, it was awesome!
The competition was different than other because we were grouped in teams and were only given 5 attempts within one hour. This called for a lot of strategy among the climbers, we had to decide whether we wanted to play it safe and climb problems we knew we could send, or take a riskier approach and go for harder problems, but also risk losing an attempt. The other rule was that we could not repeat our teammates problems.
In the end, Black Team ended up winning, with my team, Orange, in second, and the Blue Team in third. It was a really fun format and I’m looking forward to the next time I get to compete in this unique format.
Father’s Day took place after the competition. Since both of my parents travel with me, I was lucky to spend the holiday with both of my amazing parents. We spent the day lounging around Hermosa Beach and enjoying the beautiful weather.
Monday and Tuesday were spent catching up with old friends, hitting the beach, and attending more meetings. To say this trip went by too quickly is an understatement, it went by at lightening speed!
On to the next adventure…
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2013 Thrash and Dangle Fest
Photo Courtesy of Just Fab Photography
Hey again everyone!
I feel like I have been blogging like crazy lately, which I definitely prefer to writing papers!
Anyway…yesterday I competed at my favorite local competition, Thrash and Dangle Fest! Thrash and Dangle is held every April at The Phoenix Rock Gym and is the best competition in AZ!
Run as a 3-hour redpoint, T&D has side events in addition to the bouldering competition. Marty Karabin and his crew of setters do an amazing job with everything and I couldn’t be more excited that they run the comp!
They set hard for this, but it was awesome! There were so many fun things to get on. I sent a lot of awesome problems and have many more to work on in the next few weeks!
I placed 1st in female open. My best friend, Daniel Beall, visiting from San Diego, won male open as well. It’s always a lot of fun to be standing on podium with your friends!
Today I’m off to Sedona for some fun and then onto Flagstaff tomorrow for some outdoor climbing…then Maui on Thursday!
On to the next adventure…
This past weekend I had an amazing time competing at the Canadian Bouldering Nationals in Edmonton, AB. The weather was consistently below freezing in Edmonton, a drastic change from the 90 degree temps of Arizona, but I really enjoyed being in the snow!
We arrived to Edmonton late Thursday night. The plane flight was only 3.5 hours, not too bad for travelling 1,700 thousand miles! Our hotel was located near the University of Alberta on Whyte Avenue, a very trendy and unique area. So many great restaurants and shops were within walking distance of our hotel, it was awesome!
Friday was my day to explore Edmonton and be a tourist, which I took full advantage of! My day began at a late breakfast/early lunch at Noorish Café. Just down the street from our hotel, Noorish is a really healthy restaurant filled with many raw, vegan, and gluten-free options, which is perfect for my family and myself!
After eating at Noorish, we headed to the grocery store, Planet Organic, to pick up some snacks for iso and the hotel room. Then, we ventured to the West Edmonton Mall! I love shopping, so I was in heaven! Plus, it was cool to see so many people from different walks of life. I will say I am a little sad that I didn’t get to visit the water park in the mall, it looked like so much fun!
On Saturday, qualifiers were run at Rock Jungle Fitness. The qualifiers format is pretty basic, 5 minutes on, 5 minutes off, with 5 problems to complete. I flashed the first 2 problems, topped the 3rd problem, and received the bonus on the 5th problem. This put me in a solid 3rd place. They usually take the top 8 competitors to finals, but 3 non-Canadian citizens were in the top 8, bumping the number to 11 finalists.
That night, my parents and I met some family friends for dinner. It was great to catch up with friends we haven’t seen in years and to relax.
On Sunday, finals took place in the evening. The finals format is the IFSC world cup format, allowing a lot of rest time in between problems. The setters did a great job setting the problems, they were powerful, flowed well, and enjoyable to climb. I ended up getting 3 bonuses on the 4 problems, putting me in 11th place.
Today I am writing this from the airplane where I’m headed home to Phoenix for a few hours. In the morning, I’m off to Los Angeles for an interview with Outside TV.
On to the next adventure….