Some friends told me that there was going to be a competition. I don’t have much experience climbing but figured that the T-shirt and lunch for 10 Euros was worth it alone. really I was more worried about not being able to complete any of the “problems” as they are called.
I met Georgie, Mo and Victor at the IFNI sports center’s outdoor climbing gym at 9am and was surprised to see so many people already stretched out and attempting the routes the organizers had set up. I hurried to get registered then stretched out and we got in line to wait for our turn to attempt some of the “easier” climbs.
Each participant was given a card with a numbered grid. After completing each of the numbered problems an official would sign off that you completed it. The tournament allowed as many attempts at any of the problems during the qualifying round from 8am until around 3pm. Then participants would turn in their score cards and have lunch while they change the Problems for the semifinal round.
When starting a route you usually have one o two obligatory hand holds and must get both feet off of the ground. Once they come off of the ground you cant touch the ground again. This was one of the trickiest starts of the day.
The red hold, second from the top was essentially useless and Georgie wasn’t tall enough to skip it like Mo and I did
That pyramid isn’t as grippy and you would hope.
This may have been my favorite route of the day though it caused me to pull a muscle in my forearm that left me unable to climb comfortably for two months. I was able to get to the bonus but didn’t have the strength needed to complete it after a few attempts
Mo had never climbed and was racking up points. Georgie worked as a climbing instructor and struggled through this problem but after 15 or so attempts she got it. was a good inclined route.
The girl in the red tank top is Agnieszka, a Polish girl who was studying in Huelva, a near by town. this problem was out of my league.
you had to use the edge of the wood as a hold, another really fun problem, i had already used up all my strength by the time i made it around here but was still fun trying and the girl climbing and her friend were awesome motivators.
Agnieszka qualified for the finals!
She did well but the other climbers were on a whole different level.
Agnieszka and I ended up Hitch hiking to Cordoba a few weeks later. that post will come later.