Every now and then I get this surge of psyche and feel like if I work really hard I could climb anything given time. This weekend was not one of those moments. I got involved as one of the photographers for this year’s CWIF event, and while it was great being part of it and I’m happy with my photos, as a climber I left feeling pretty darn hopeless because there are SO MANY STRONG PEOPLE I had to face facts – I’m a punter. Which was only confirmed with my horrendous ascent of Pebble Arete at The Plantation yesterday… I nearly fell from the top… oh dear. But I will not be dismayed! Training goes on!
Here are some photos from the qualifying round of the competition this year, held at the Climbing Works in Sheffield. From all accounts the problems were tough to say the least! But something like 300 competitors took a shot at them and Al, who as we know just loves to compete…. came 29th. Good job! As ever please don’t steal the photos, if you’d like a high resolution copy let me know and this can be arranged for a very small fee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nat Berry had a nasty heel injury to contend with, but still came in at 29th in the women’s comp, look at what she’s trying to crimp!!
So all in all a good day. Once qualifiers were over the team stepped into the sunshine and headed to Stanage for some bouldering. I’d forgotten how rough grit is! And apparently how to climb. Check here again tomorrow for some shots of the final. Happy crushing!