Monday, June 2, 2014

Two weekends' climbing

Yo all, I've been up to a couple of things... It's been two hardcore climbing weekends!
First the national cup on Saturday, climbing with Domen and Maja on Sunday and routesetting at Plezalni Center on Monday, an then a weekend in lovely Kotečnik.

The national cup in lead took place in Šmarno pri Litiji and it was the first event of the year. Lead world cups are coming up soon while the bouldering world cup is well underway... thus the Slovenia climbing team looks stronger than ever. I was psyched to meet all the people again and see how I would compare to some of the best. I too have been training pretty hard, in fact, so I was wondering how I would do.
The comp was great fun, the routesetting was good (especially in the finals) and I gave the final route a good go, climbing a muerte until I got pumped out of my brain. I made it into 7th place which is okay! Hats off to the other underdog Izi who made it onto the podium in second place, only superseeded by the unbeatable Domen Škofic!

I'm glad the Ljubljana life hasn't taken its toll on my shape for lead climbing! The walls of Plezalni Center have offered great training, too. I'm psyched for the rest of the season!

MAN i got so pumped!

congrats guys :)

Next was a visit to a great local crag in Carinthia just over the border. I teamed up with Domen Škofic and Maja Vidmar, both super strong competitors on team Slovenia - enough said :)

I knew this wasn't going to be easy... Domen is one of my favourite climbing terrorists - he's the always psyched dude who's never too tired for another attempt at a hard route. We always competed together in the youth categories and now it's inspiring to see how far he'd already pushed it... This guy is sending 9a, onsighting 8b+ and has a great lead season upcoming (at least according to the ease he climbed with in the comp).
I really wish for both Maja and Domen to have a great World Cup season... it'll be so exciting to watch! 

It was also great to run into Barbara Raudner again after a while. She's of that kind too - always going a muerte and cheering for the others. Not to mention she is sending damn hard, too!
Together we had a really good vibe at the crag and I finished totally wrecked but content!
Barbara on her project

Domč on the crazy overhang... Dead man walking 8b+

going for it on Mr. Warmbad 8b+                  

Inspired by the weekend spent outdoors I made the most of it and set a new route at PCL. Dedicated to all you nutters out there :)

 There is a big makeover of the routes in the big climbing wall comping up, so make sure to drop in for a session @PCL in the next weeks! We'll do our best to keep you busy with some funky shiat!

This weekend I spent in Kotečnik. It was a relaxing time, just right before the exam frenzy totally takes over (I've been neglecting studying way too much, still).
On Saturday I climbed with my roomie Klara and had some good runs in Iluzija, the crazy 8c route. Unluckily, the conditions/physical preparation/overall state of body and mind didn't permit me to get it done. Surely it will happen the next time on it, I was super close :)
On Sunday I led a great team of young climbers from PCL for a nice day of climbing. It was good fun despite some rain, and the youth got some nice ascents in the bag! There will be a full report on

obsessing over this one by now! pic by Rajko :)

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