Today marked the first day since I joined Sportrock that there were 100% new bouldering routes available to climb, as a result of the Friction Bouldering Series Finale on Saturday the 13th. I’d been looking forward to today for the last couple of weeks, and especially this last week since the entire bouldering section was roped off for the staff to set new routes and to keep people off the new routes prior to the competition.
Being somewhat new to professionally marked climbing routes, I was a little thrown off when I first arrived, as nothing was marked with the traditional “V” rating (V1, V2, etc). Everything had a problem number and an associated amount of points, obviously for the competition. I overheard a staff member say that the points more or less represented the “V” level of the problem (a problem worth 350 pts was considered a V3), but I was a little skeptical. I mainly kept to 200 and 300 point problems, but there were a few of those that were more difficult than expected. There were a couple of really cool 300 level routes that were fun, but then there were a couple of 200 level routes that I simply could not figure out. It was strange. Having a climbing partner probably would have helped, as we could have bounced ideas back and forth and fed off each other’s enthusiasm.
I’m getting kind of tired of soloing problems at Sportrock. My climbing schedule is so sporadic that it can be difficult for me to find people to climb with in advance, and I’m not very good at jumping in with groups of people at the gym. Something I probably need to work on, as everyone climbs better with a friend.