The Collegiate Climbing Series warms up for another season of competitions!

Climbers, it is time to kick your training up a notch in preparation for the upcoming series of CCS competitions. Held throughout the nation, these regional events are an excellent opportunity for climbers of all skill levels to showcase their abilities and gain invaluable insight into the world of competitive climbing.

I’ll be heading out to the February 5th CCS event, which will be held at Tampa’s popular rock gym, Vertical Ventures. This is a great introduction to the realm of climbing competitions outside of my familiar Tallahassee Rock Gym; I’ve climbed at Vertical Ventures before, so while I’ll be working entirely new routes, I’ll still feel slightly within my element.

My training for this competition officially began yesterday. There is a killer V8 that was set in the cave at Tally Rock Gym, and Niko has offered 3 one-hour massages if I can send the route by the next Climbing Club meeting. I have yet to send my first V5, but this V8 just feels right.

Warm up, chalk up, and get ready for an exciting few weeks of competitions!
For information about registration and event dates throughout the United States, check out the USAClimbing.net website.

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VIDEO: Deep Water Soloing in Spain – The Future of Climbing Competitions

Last night, over macadamia white chocolate chip cookies at John and Libby’s cozy house, I was exposed to what may single-handedly be the most phenomenal exhibition of climbing on plastic holds that I have ever witnessed. This deep water soloing competition was held in Bilbao, Spain, last week. Naturally, Chris Sharma reigned champion, but the real glory is in the success of the sporting event. Thousands of spectators flocked to the waterfront, cheering the climbers on as they scaled a massive artificial wall dotted with tiny crimpers and holds that called for powerful moves.

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Sharma himself asserted that this new style of climbing competitions could easily become the new standard for bringing rock-climbing into the limelight. The thrilling scene of watching muscled individuals battle their way up a complex sequence of movements while dangling over an enormous body of water transforms the art of climbing into a spectator sport that can be enjoyed by anyone. Future Olympic sport, anyone?

Check out Dead Point Magazine’s coverage of the event in this article. The piece boasts that 4000+ spectators crowded around the downtown area to catch a glimpse of this exciting display of sportsmanship. Anyone down for a deep water soloing trip?

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