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Climbing Works International Festival

By Kenny Stocker | 16, Apr, 2008

Beth in the semis

An under strength Alpkit team arrived at the doors of the Climbing Works. Beth had deserted us for a team that actually stood a chance of winning, Ashleigh was poorly and couldn’t join us, Dan.. well Dan had had a hard night.

Not to be perturbed we downed a coffee and got stuck in. We had 5 hours to try and climb the 30 qualifying problems. Percy and his team and set something for everyone, a good mixture of hard and easy routes.. not an easy task when you have everyone from punters like us to world class rockhuggers like Gaz Parry and Steve MacClure climbing on the same blocs.

Time drained away and problems got ticked off. Beth was keeping a check on us, checking out the old school moves and we did our best to show good style. Dan had disappeared to a dark room.

Both Beth and Dan qualified for the semi-finals, Dan even qualified in 3rd place with his team placing first overall. The format had changed with each semi-finalist having 5 minutes to climb each of 4 problems onsight. Despite his early performance Dan was wilting, but Beth was going strong and narrowly missed out qualifying for the final in fifth place.

It was time to eat, a BBQ was provided in the courtyard but the queue was long and Alan Monks had tempted us into visiting the Kashmir Curry House on Spital Hill. And so we had arrived at the final, we had been at the wall for 12 hours.. that’s a long time to be at a climbing wall.

Full results can be found on the Climbing Works Website

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