|We have the technology! Neil with the Dremel for sharpening our picks.|
|Topping out the A route in the preliminary.|
Semi finals were on the second day. The format was with isolation so we couldn't see ho others climbed the route and we were only allowed seven minutes to preview the route. After the preview, I was a bit nervous. From the ground it looked very difficult. The holds looked very technical, and the moves looked huge!! The semi finals route went a little better than I thought it would, but not as well as I would have liked or could have done.
|Starting up the Semi Final route|
Because the wall was so short, the holds were made to be very difficult to use. My ice tool slid off the first hold as I took it, but I caught myself and it held better the second time. After the first couple short moves it was mostly big moves on highly technical holds, requiring a lot of precision coupled with strength.
|Getting ready for the first difficult move.|
|Aiming for one of three shallow divots in a small metal plate embedded in the plastic hold.|
|Another big move off a terrible hold.|
|Leaving a "good" hold for another skatey metal plate hold.|
|Getting near my high point. The next move was to the grey hold on the left side.|
I finished 2nd in the North American Championship and 11th overall for the IWC competition. This has been my best finish yet and I feel like I'm still making progress. I'm excited for the folloowing five competitions. The next is in two weeks at Cheongsong Korea.
|Top N.Americans L to R: Ryan Vachon 3rd, Gordon McArthur 1st, Nathan Kutcher 2nd|
I'm super proud of my Team Ontario who represented all of Eastern Canada. They have worked really hard and made big improvements since I started working with them. All are all hoping to do at least one more IWC competition somewhere else around the world this winter.
|Neil Gowan, Nathan, Rebecca Lewis, Stephanie Mahallati|