Last weekend I flew out to Boston to compete in the third annual Dark Horse Climbing Series at Metro Rock in Everett, MA. It is my second year doing the series. The competition was run a little differently and in my opinion, a lot better this year. Competitors competed in two waves which made the redpoint round a lot less crowded than it would have been. Thanks to Dave Wetmore et al, the problems were also very good. It seems like at each competition the setting gets better.
The most exciting part about the competition was that finals were to be held in the newly built addition to the gym. I hadn’t even seen the walls so I had no idea what to expect. Even though I’ve been climbing well outside, I haven’t been climbing as much I would like in the gym these days so I didn’t know how I would do in the competition. After climbing well and not getting too pumped in qualifiers I went into finals in first place. I have to say, I was pretty impressed with the youth climbers in this comp. So many of them are climbing really hard and I felt like I lucked out to have done so well in qualifiers (I was ten years older than the oldest female competitor in finals!). I also felt excited like I could win the competition this time.
I ended up in 5th place after finals. I did not perform as well as I should have and felt a little disappointed since I was flown all the way out there from San Francisco to compete. My mentality in finals was too relaxed. I needed to “want it” a little bit more. I won’t make excuses though. I had a lot of fun and I am excited to return with Max for the Finale in February.
CONGRATS to Andy and Katie Lamb for winning the competition!