I completed the drivers side of Clifford yesterday. Now I need to get more paint at Home Depot and hopefully finish up all the painting today! Sac State this weekend? I think so.
On Saturday, the regionals competition for the CCS (Collegiate Climbing Series) was held at Slo Op. On top of that, they also put on a citizens competition. I decided to enter with my friend Donald. As we were signing up, it asked which category, or bracket, you were entering in. There was beginner (V0-V2), intermediate (V2-V4), advanced (V4-V6), and open (V7 and above). Donald and I are about the same skill level with Donald being a little bit better. We couldn’t decide on if we should do beginner or intermediate for the longest time but just decided as Dillon put it, “No guts, no glory”, on intermediate. Neither of us were expecting to place because there were SOO many people. It was packed in there. But, as we started climbing, we began to realize we were doin pretty good!
The competition started at 11:30 and went to 3:30 so it was four full hours of climbing. Basically, all the brackets were climbing at once which included all the already mentioned brackets, plus the womens brackets, and of course, the CCS bracket. Scoring is done on the honor system. Everyone had a score card of their own and it had every route and its point value on the card. When you completed a route, you had two people that saw you do it initial your paper for you saying that you completed the route without cheating. You would also mark on the card if you flashed the route or not (completed it first try) which gets you 50 more points than not flashing it. And every route had a certain point value (the harder routes getting more and more points) The intermediate bracket’s routes had point values ranging from 2400-4300 points. And at the end of the competition, you take your top 5 highest scoring routes and add them up for your grand total. my grand total was 16,000 points so I averaged 3,200 points per route. My highest was a 4,200 pointer and my lowest was somewhere in the beginner section (1000-2300). Basically, after doing 4 routes of pretty hard difficulty for me, I was so tired I couldn’t do another one in my bracket so i had to go down to easier ones.
Donald on the other hand, not only did all intermediate routes, he managed to do an advanced route worth 5,100 points! I actually almost did that one but it took me too many tries so I moved on. But, that boosted his score way past me to 21,000 something!
Anyways, the awards ceremony came and they did the womens, and then beginner mens, and then intermediate… Donald and I weren’t expecting to place at all. BUT, “and in third place, with 15,550 points… Blah Blah Blah some random name….” Donald looks at me, “Dude! we got more points than that!!!” “And in second place, with 16,000 points….HEAAAAAAAAAAAAA SOMEHOW I pulled off second place in the intermediate bracket HEA!!!! and to think I was almost going to enter beginner! Pshhh!!! Then, I thought Donald, was going to get first place but then some other guy was called up to the podium with only 18,000 points (less than what Donald had earned) At that moment, I felt SOO bad for Donald! I thought that because he had done just that one advanced route, he must have been bumped into the advanced category and was probably not even going to place.
But then, the advanced ceremony started and the third place person had only like 19,000 points! Second, 20,000. First, WhAT ThE HeCK!!!!!!!!! Donald got freaking FIRST place in ADVANCED!!! AYyyyy!
And to think HE was thinking of doing beginner!!! HEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! Donald and I were going crazy by this time. We were so stoked that we placed and SO BLOWN AWAY that Donald got bumped ALL THE WAY TO FIRST PLACE AY!!! So I guess, the other people in the advanced bracket didnt do so great and must have only done 1 maaayyybeee 2 advanced routes and then some other really easy routes or somethin and donald’s routes just somehow added up to be more HEAA! crazy….
So I won a t-shirt, a little bag thingy, and some anti poison-oak stuff and Donald won a t-shirt, and FREAKING CLIMBING SHOES! Whaaat!!! Yes. SO legit. A certificate for brand new 5.10 climbing shoes. (5.10 is a company name)
Man… That comp was sick. SO much fun. Here’s some pictures I took. I should be able to steal some from facebook when they get posted. There were a bunch of photographers there including at least on shooting the awards ceremony.
Haha and last but not least, Aaron pretending to climb a route and making faces.
When we planted our spring crop, the main thing holding us back was our lack of good soil. So because of this, Jeremy and I decided to step up our compost output. That meant we needed to find a way to get more fresh food waste aka: FARMERS!
In hopes of less chances of being profiled as a terrorist at the airport when I go to France this summer, I shaved for my passport renewal photo.