The first round of the Cape Boulder League kicked off last night and the turn-out was excellent. Over 50 competitors crammed into the sports hall at UCT to battle it out on 15 problems for 3 hours. The mens open field saw a 3 way tie on the night with Jimbo Smith, Robert Fraser and Marijus Šmigelskis sending problem 13. The ladies open was won by Julia Chen, who managed the only female send of the dynamic problem 6. Thanks to Calvin Kemp for organising the start of another promising comp season!
“Why Grahamstown?” everyone kept asking. “It’s so far for everyone to travel” others whined. But once they entered the sport hall and saw the awesome 4m wall looming over them at 30- 40 degrees they understood. Grahamstown, besides being practically neutral territory, with most provinces having never climbed at the hall and having to travel fairly similar distances to get to, also has one of the coolest bouldering caves for a competition of this size. It makes for easy viewing for the spectators as a number of climbers are visible at any given time and best of all coming off at the top of a problem you take flight for a micro second before landing triumphantly on the mats below.