After 2 stopovers and about 48 hours of travel myself and Claire arrived in Munich which is where our Europe trip will both start and end…
Whilst it was only a brief stay in Munich we had a chance to visit Boulderwelt which is a great bouldering gym and enjoyed a quick session before heading to Slovenia.
We spent a couple of nights at Lake Bled before heading to Ljubljana where we are now and will be based for the first comp.
It’s been great to catch up with my old mate Chris and his fiancé Alex and am psyched for the four of us to boulder together in Magic Woods after the comp in Vienna!
So… comp day is almost upon us… Tomorrow will my first ever bouldering world cup and the first of 4 that im competing in this year! It’s all very exciting and rather daunting at the same time… To be honest I have no idea what to expect but It’s going to be a great experience no matter what!!!
I will try and re post after the comp with details…
How is it all going to work??? (This is to the best of my understanding…)
Well there are about 74 male competitors and we have been split into 2 groups for the qualifying round.
This means that there are 2 sets of qualifying problems… 1 group gets one set of problems and the other group gets the other… The problems are completely different and we do not try the other groups problems. Both of the groups will be climbing at the same time. (So there will be 10 guys on the wall at the one time)
There are 37 guys in each group and the top 10 ranked competitors from each of the two groups will make up the 20 guys who make the semi finals! I am climbing 26th in group 2 and have bib number 23.
Each group gets 5 problems in the qualifying round and we have 5 minutes to attempt each and then a 5 minute rest between each problem…
The comp is being streamed live and can be seen here http://WWW.IFSC.TV/ (We are 8 hours behind Melbourne time)
And a starting list can be found here: http://www.ifsc-climbing.org/index.php?page_name=resultservice&comp=1387&cat=ICC_MB