Monday, June 25, 2012

The hundredth

Well what's up everybody, the summer here is in full swing and I am totally enjoying the freedom it brings... Last week was not all that special, a few things happened last weekend: we did the first national comp but I sucked in the qualification so I didn't even make it to finals. I'm not sure why, but I can at least say I got really pumped, I put up a fight. Respect to Domen Škofic for the victory, it was a fun comp but a bit weird in some ways... Sergej didn't qualify either but when we tried the final route before the final, his climbing would put him in first place in the comp :D

So I wasn't very psyched about the comp and I wanted to go climbing rocks the next day - Janez, Jakob, Dominik and me hit Bohinjska Bela for an afternoon session! I was keen to do Ritem v zraku, the 8a+ I tried last time. I did quick work of it, then I played around a bit on Moški za naslado, the 8b that has kept my attention for a while now. Jakob was strong as well and he did Love story, 8a+/b on which Janez also came very close!
Good day out, cheers to my mates for coming along!

The week then consisted of a lot of learning, memorizing of facts for my oral exams at school, this is always slightly boring when you would rather be out climbing, but the hard work always pays off and I'm feeling very positive about these exams... On Friday I was DONE, done with high school, forever I guess :D

Saturday it was time for a team training in Kranj. I sucked, I'm not sure but lately I find it hard to perform well on plastic?! It seems I'm just getting pumped all the time. But our team got new clothes by Positive vibe so we are keeping it fresh&in style, keeping in mind the climbers proverb: if I'm not strong then at least I should look good!

And finally yesterday, it was time for more rock! I returned to Bohinjska Bela hoping to finish off Moški za naslado!
This route has now resisted my attempts for some time. It's "only" 8b, usually I can do this grade no matter what the route is like - but this one is apparently my anti-style. Actually, there is one move which prevents me from sending, I've come off at that point several times. A tricky slab takes you to a big undercling where you can shake out and compose yourself for the finishing blast through the bulge above which involves some hard lock-offs on good crimps and a killer undercling move!

I didn't succeed this time, either, so I am putting it off until I will feel like it again, or know that I've become much stronger ^^
Since I was still keen on sending something, I opted for the easier Ženska za nagrado, a supposedly soft 8a. I blew the first try on the last hard move, then sent second go. It's a great route, a real classic of the crag.

Cheers to the mates that came along - Milan, Martin and Dominik, venga boys! We had a good day out, killed a ton of mosquitoes and got well pumped.

And also Ženska za nagrado was my number 100 eight grade route! Yaay! What a jubilee haha :D it's been five years since my first! Half of them are 8a, I would have preferred that there would be more harder ones but anyway, it's a nice number innit ^^?

Peace out people!

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