What a wild and crazy couple of weekends in Colorado Springs! Here are all the results.
ABS15 FJR Quali Results ABS15 FJR Semi Results ABS15 FJR Final Results
ABS15 FYA Quali Results ABS15 FYA Semi Results ABS15 FYA Final Results
ABS15 FYB Quali Results ABS15 FYB Semi Results ABS15 FYB Final Results
ABS15 FYC Quali Results ABS15 FYC Semi Results ABS15 FYC Final Results
ABS15 FYD Quali Results ABS15 FYD Semi Results ABS15 FYD Final Results
ABS15 MJR Quali Results ABS15 MJR Semi Results ABS15 MJR Final Results
ABS15 MYA Quali Results ABS15 MYA Semi Results ABS15 MYA Final Results
ABS15 MYB Quali Results ABS15 MYB Semi Results ABS15 MYB Final Results
ABS15 MYC Quali Results ABS15 MYC Semi Results ABS15 MYC Final Results
ABS15 MYD Quali Results ABS15 MYD Semi Results ABS15 MYD Final Results
I had by far the most fun at this year’s ABS Open National Championships than I have had at any other.
Some of the highlights for me:
*Having fellow East Coasters in iso with me! Since ABS Nats have been in CO for the past 4 years, I’m usually surrounded by a bunch of people I don’t know.
*Having Colt with me! Last year was really tough, since I made the trip alone. I need my caddy:)
*Getting a seat on the floor for semis and finals. Great view of the action!
*Total win on the lodging. We rented a “suite” in a house for a very reasonable price. Made it feel more like home than a hotel and we were within walking distance of the venue.
Some of the lowlights:
*Getting grounded due to a plane with a broken de-icer, not being able to rebook because the entire United computer system crashed, our rental car reservation being cancelled because we apparently, despite prepaying, “reserved a class of car and not an actual car thus it could not be held due to flight delays,” arriving in DC for our layover just in time to get maybe 5 hours sleep, and finally arriving in Denver 20 hours later than originally scheduled
*The dry climate of Colorado. There isn’t enough water, lotion or chapstick to make me feel like I’m not going to crack apart.
*Missing a climb due to the aforementioned travel nonsense. Feeling sore, tired and pumpy at my only climb session in CO. And still feeling pumpy in iso. (And in case you’re wondering, no those quals problems did not help my pumpy-ness.)
*Not really sleeping the night before quals. I can’t even begin to explain how much this affects my climbing and thinking.
*Not buying Colt a ticket for semis & finals ahead of time. They sold out and we missed out, which meant Colt flew all they way to CO and had to watch the live stream 5 blocks away. (Selling out is, of course, a big YAY for climbing, but man we were bummed.)
The quals problems were fun and varied. And they certainly had aesthetic appeal for the spectators. I had a technical on Problem 1, but it was resolved quickly and the rest of my time went smoothly. One of the biggest disappointments of Nationals is knowing that you’ll never see or get to try those problems ever again. 4 minutes is far too short a time to spend on such excellent and admirable problems.
The announcers at the Nats venue teased us with the information that there would be a big announcement regarding next year’s venue. They didn’t tell us when the announcement would be, but I guessed during finals. I was there for all of semis and finals, but never heard an announcement. The curiosity was driving me crazy! I thought maybe they made the announcement on the live stream, so I watched part of it later and found out that next year ABS Nats will be in Madison, WI. Psyched to hear that! I’m excited to see a new city (I’ve never been to Madison). I’m excited to compete at Open Nats, the biggest comp of the year, not at altitude. I’m excited to drive, instead of fly, and have my car with me. (I love my car.) And I think it is amazing and important to bring the excitement and talent of Nationals to another region of the country. And, in a small aside, did they forget to announce it to the live crowd or choose not to?
Congratulations to everyone who participated in Nationals. See you next year in Madison!