Saturday 5th March 2011
I was back at The Peak Climbing wall in Stirling again for round 1 of the Scotland South YCS. We start in March to avoid the worst of the Scottish weather. Being on the GB team I can't compete so thought I’d give demo-ing another go. It's good to keep involved in the series and some of the younger climbers I work with at my club were taking part so I wanted to be there for them too.
Angus Davidson and I spent most of the morning choosing who got the easiest routes. I still ended up with the hardest routes. We both managed to fall off at least once though.
The routes were set by Simon Tait, Gary Vincent, Robbie Phillips and Calum Forsyth assisted by Eleanor Hopkins and Ross Kirkland; a lot of different styles to climb. Have to say it was yet again Robbie’s route I fell off. He picks the worst holds and puts them right at the end of routes, just to be mean. It doesn't help that I have to climb as an 8-10 year old would. No missing out holds or making big moves. Demos are mean't to show the participants the best way to climb a route so I had to 'think small'.
The kids were all really psyched for it and some of them climbed amazing. They all seemed really professional in the way they acted between climbs, sitting watching and shouting each other on.
Can’t wait till the next round at Edinburgh University, The Pleasance on 2nd April. Haven’t climbed there before so should be interesting. Wonder if Natalie Berry has any beta?