Southern Rock’s first competition was met with great enthusiasm by the climbing community. Eager competitors started to stream in 2 hours before the official starting time, keen to check out the array of problems. And what an array it was. With 4 different route setters recruited to do the work, there was a smorgus board of styles to test everyone’s skills and strength. The 15 problems did a fine job of separating the field in each category.
Scoring was based on the international system where number of Top Outs took priority, followed by number of attempts, number of Bonus Holds and finally, number of attempts to Bonus Holds.
Thank you to our route setters, Dave Richardson, Andrew Porter, Candice Bagley and illona Pelser and thank you to Jo Mare for doing all the back breaking work of cleaning the grips. Congratulations to Michael van der Ham who is the only one to out-fox the route setters and out-gun the other competitors by topping out all the problems.
After all the cranking was done, spot prizes were handed out and the socialising began. But not before some keen young climbers threw themselves at the Dyno competition. It is hard to say whether the incentive of the R100 or the thrill of showing off for the crowd was what spurred the climbers on. They tried relentlessly to stick the top hold till eventually Jonathan Hare came out as a clear winner with Roland Fuchs and Michael van der Ham tying for second. We hope the tender skin was worth the glory.
Southern Rock is pleased to have another successful event under the belt and is looking forward to hosting the next 3 comps in this series. It is sure to gain popularity as it goes.
Stay tuned for details of these and other events at your favourite KZN climbing gym.
Please note, there were no ties.
Number of attempts to top out is not shown below, but this was generally the separating factor.
|Category||Rank||Name||Number of Top Outs|
|U15 F||1st||Kerry-Anne Stuckpoole||2|
|2nd||Jenna Bentley||(4 Bonus Holds)|
|U19 F||1st||Annabelle Slabbert||7|
|Open F||1st||Leslee Salzmann||11|
|U15 M||1st||Daniel Bentley||5|
|U19 M||1st||Jonathan Hare||14|
|Expert||1st||Michael van der Ham||15|