Youth Open Boulder Comp, The Depot, Manchester

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On Sunday I was in Manchester for a competition being held at the newly opened Depot climbing centre. It is amazing! I was really looking forward to checking it out for the first time and I wasn’t disappointed, it’s massive and just cool! I was also excited because the GB Bouldering Team were getting this seasons kit from Berghaus which is pretty awesome.

So, in qualies I flashed a sketchy slab and was also the only person to do a bloc on my first attempt. In the end I got 6t9 and 8b10 which meant I qualified for the final in 3rd place. After watching B and C finals Isolation opened for A’s and Juniors. We went out to view our climbs, which were the same as the Juniors’. Bloc 1 was a slab which, after a silly foot slip on the start move on my first go, I successfully topped on my next go. Bloc 2 was in the cave section of the comp wall and I got to the second last holds but couldn’t figure out how hold them to pull off. Finally bloc 3 had a really nice double dyno for the first move but then I couldn’t get any further because I couldn’t weight the toe hook you needed to move on. Overall I finished 4th just missing out on a podium after a really close final with the top 4 being separated by bonuses and attempts! I really enjoyed climbing at such a cool centre I’ll definitely be returning soon.