Probably you’ve noticed that I put on the blog a few pictures about a climbing competition. I let you know something about them. The competition was the first part of a climbing league, which is made of five comps, each one are located in diverse Cantabrian cities, that one was in Torrelavega last May 17th.
Usually these comps are organized by different cantabrian mountaineering clubs which count with the support of the cantabrian mountanering council, local council institutions, climbing shops etc. Any climber can take part in the competition but only results of Cantabrian climbers are counted for the championship.
The main idea about these events is spread climbing among people who doesn’t know anything about it so the comps take place outdoor in “plazas” so anyone hanging around can come along to have a look.
There are three categories; “Iniciacion” which is situable for bennigers and youngsters, “absoluta femenina” for women and “absoluta masculina” for men.
Normally comps have qualifiers and finals. The qualifiers are set in the morning and they work in similar way to Alien Rock Comps, so you got around an hour to solve certain problems, you can see others performance, ask for betta to other competitors, etc. later on the finals start in the evening. In the finals climbers are waiting in insolated areas till their moment to climb therefore you know nothing about others performance. As you guess, winner is the person who solves maximum number of problems within minimum tries. In every comp there are prizes for the first three ones of each category and random prizes for the lucky ones.
Attached pictures which colour up this post were taken again, like many of this blog, by my brother Pedro Puente, (he is a professional photographer) and they belong to the second round, celebrated June 8th in Ampuero, hope you enjoy them.
Finally inform you that next round will be September 13th, in case any of you are interested…
Please excuse my English, it’s almost a year since I left Edinburgh, guess I should come back at some point to refresh it ;-)
Above Left; Pablo was the male winner
Above Right;Sonia grabbing the finish hold
Above Left; Veronica was the female winner.
Above Right; Me trying men’s last problem.
Above Left; Watching women final.
Above Right; Julio’s attempting a classifiers problem.
Above Left; Benja in a final problem.
Above Right; Julio Corrales attempting a classifiers problem.
Above Left; My wee brother in a "Iniciación" problem.
Above Right; Tino attempting a classifiers problem.
Above Left; Iñaki attempting a classifiers problem.
Above Right; Ramon attempting a classifiers problem.
Above; Meng sending a classifiers problem.
Above; ...My hand!!.
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