Monday, 9 June 2014

Dumbarton Rock - 8th June 2014

On Sunday 8th June I drove through, with my Dad, to climb at Dumbarton. It was the first time I have climbed there and I really enjoyed it. When we arrived there was very heavy rain (typical west coast weather - it was sunny in Edinburgh) and we got very wet. However, where I was going to be climbing was sheltered and so the route I was keen to try, Sufferance, was dry. I got on to the route and worked the sequences, which I found quite tough as there were no chalk marks and the holds were not great.
Eating some lunch - as it was so wet underfoot it was easier to stay clipped in!
I worked it for a while and eventually found sequences that worked well for me - I was pleased to climb the route on my 2nd attempt and really enjoyed it.

Nearing the top of the route
At the top

Sufferance, 8a, is a very good route. I will definitely go back to Dumbarton soon.


EYC Imst - May 31st/ June 1st

I competed with the GB Junior Climbing team at the EYC in Imst, Austria. Unfortunately, I made a mistake on my second qualifier jumping for a hold and not quite catching it correctly - this meant that I didn't make the final and finished in 19th (out of 54.) I was disappointed because I knew that I could have climbed better. The Youth A category is really tough with many strong climbers, eg. Hannes Puman, SWE, Stefano Carnati, ITA, Georg Parma, AUT, etc. My next competition is the European Championship at Ratho, where I hope to do much better. 
On my first qualifier
photo - Tanya Rose


Round 2 British Junior Bouldering Championship

On Saturday 26th April I competed, at TCA Glasgow, in Round 2 of the British Bouldering Championship. The competition went well for me and I was delighted to win. As a result I have been selected to compete at two European Boulder Youth Cups this summer.

On the tricky Final problem 3.