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Friday, October 27, 2006

Boulder Open @ Karbin

Update: high-resolution versions of these photos are now on Flickr.

Last night, I went to Karbin with Lisa, Matt, and my colleague Jens. It was time again for another Boulder Open competition. For 100 SEK, anyone can participate. Here Lisa is holding the list of bouldering problems. There were 10 problems of each difficulty grade: blue, red, black, and white. New this time was the fact that each problem was also given a numerical difficulty, with the easiest blue problems having a difficulty of 3 or 4, and the most difficult white problems being rated as difficulty 11 or 12. The most difficult problem I managed was a black problem rated difficulty 8. Each time you complete a problem successfully, you check it off the list. The problems were arranged around the bouldering area and numbered 1 through 40.

Here is a photo of me doing an easy blue or red problem to warm up.

Hung was there; he completed lots of difficult problems.

Anna was climbing like a pro last night, and advanced to the finals.

Daniella was looking good, tackiling a difficult black problem.


This problem was tricky. It required very careful placement of hands and feet, and very slow movement to maintain balance.

Karbin has done an excellent job getting sponsors. Marmot, Mad Rock, and addnature contributed the prizes for the competition.

There were also folks there who weren't participating in the bouldering competition, such as this cute girl climbing one of Karbin's tall walls.

Hand-foot matches always look cool in photos.

He I am on the same problem. It was a fun one!

Anna doing the same problem. She is skilled and has very good grip strength.

Matt on the tricky problem that required good balance. See that tiny hold in the upper left? The small size of that hold is one of the reasons this was a challenging and fun problem.

Lisa about to lunge for the last hold in this fun problem.

This one was very, very tricky for me. The yellow-colored holds were quite small, with the exception of the one big one. The problem was that the one big hold didn't offer much of a place to grip!

Lisa & Matt.

After the main competition was over, people tallied up the difficulty ratings of the top ten of the problems they completed. These were put in a big box, and prizes were handed out by a random drawing. At the same time, the top men and women went on to the finals. In the background you can see the folks putting together new bouldering problems on the wall while prizes are being handed out.

Folks applauded as prizes were given out. Some of the prizes were set aside for people participating in their first boulder open.


Matt won a certificate to get a pair of climbing shoes re-soled!

Then the finals began. There were three bouldering problems each for the men and women.

more to come!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Last night I had a decent climbing session at Klättercentret. Thomas, Ragnar and Karin posed for this photo.

Lisa tackled a 6a-rated route. She rested once on the way up so I was able to snap this photo. Bravo, Lisa!

Matt didn't join us tonight, because he was shopping for replacement parts for his wrecked bike. So I was too busy climbing to catch many photos. But I did get this nice one of Karin tackling a new route of purple-colored holds.

There are two levels in the bouldering area, and a slanted tunnel goes from the lower to the upper level. In the tunnel are several routes where one can practice climbing overhangs. I've done the route of green-colored holds before, so I tried it again. Lisa photographed me.

It's important to just keep moving; the longer you stay hanging from your arms, the more quickly your strength will be sapped.

Once I arrived at the upper level (one can also take the stairs!), I saw Lotta and Roman, so I snapped some shots of them.

That's all for now. Friday I'm going back to Karbin for yet another Boulder Open competition. So there will be more exciting photos soon!