First off, huge thanks to Dobbe, Andrea and Fuzzy who put in a ton of work to create one of the cooler events thats happened in the midwest. They did it off of unexpected short notice with a great layout and organization. Everything went super smooth from what I could tell and I'm glad I was able to be there for at least a little while.
I think in total about 30-40 people showed up at some point in the day and multiple people showed from Minneapolis and Chicago. Nice work and congrats go out to Peter for climbing a shitload of problems and winning. Well done.
What kind of shocked me was how few people showed up from Madison. The split was about half and half between people that came in from out of town versus people from Madison. Sure the normal crew was out there but really??? By my count, about 15 people showed up to the comp from 45 minutes away. At least 4 others drove from Chicago and at least 6 others drove from Minneapolis. Then there were another 5-10 people that I didn't know but came from out of town as well.
I understand that there are things happening and life gets in the way sometimes but I was a little disappointed at the Wisconsin turnout. I mean, come on. At least 10 people showed up and paid 30 bucks to become members of the Wisconsin Climbers Association.
This is a group of people that is already working towards opening areas for the betterment of our climbing community. All of the proceeds go towards their efforts and a lot of hard work and thought went into bringing the midwest its first outdoor climbing competition. It's something that's totally unique, was extremely well run and super fun.
Alright. Rant over.
I encourage anyone who reads this to stop in at Boulders, talk to Dobbe and donate $30 to become a member of this organization. You can trust me when I say that it'll be worth it.
Here are a few pictures from the day.
Here's a video of Storm Troopers and A View To Kill. Enjoy.