Finals—check. AP tests—check. Excessive time spent hanging from cliffs—check. Yes, it certainly is starting to feel like summer around these parts…
The year end competition for the Yale Climbing Team was the Northeast Region Championship, which took place at the Gravity Vault Climbing Center in Chatham, NJ near the end of April. This was a brilliantly organized competition with a host of boulder problems and routes for all levels. In fact, when Julia Pucci, a well-respected YCT athlete, stepped onto her first boulder problem at the Championships, she shared with the team that it was her first competition ever– just another bit of proof that competition climbing is truly accessible to anyone. At then end of the day, I was lucky enough to nab first overall for the men. Unfortunately, since Yale was only able to field 2 registered female climbers, the Yale Climbing Team lost the glory of first place in the region to the Rochester Institute of Technology Climbing Team. We’ll be sure to register all of our climbers and get ‘em next time! Ha!
Although I have not been as much of a climbing bum as I typically am for the summer, I have gotten to the crag pretty regularly recently. I recently used my snazzy new Five Ten Dragons, courtesy of Trailblazer, and my snazzy new finger strength, courtesy of Yale Climbing Team practices, to send Predator, 5.13b on the Orange Crush Cliff in Rumney, NH. Spending days in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of northern New York afforded me the chance to climb Summer Vacation, a beautiful, 8-pitch, 5.12a trad climb On the 500’ face of Pok-o-Moonshine. I was also able begin working on my summer project, Fire In the Sky, a gritty four pitch 5.13c on Moss Cliff in the Adirondacks, which I am super excited about.
The end of the Collegiate series marks the beginning of my individual competition series as a member of my age group. On Saturday the 15th of May, I competed in the New England Regionals and, rather luckily, to leave with 3rd place even after slipping off of my last route of the competition. I’ll keep you posted on how the rest of the season progresses.