A part of our climbing internship is attending the CWIF10 competition. It is my first time that I am attending this competition. Our cottage is about 10 minutes away from this climbing center. So that is beyond ideal!

We arrived at 8.30 AM and were exploring the walls in this climbing center. It was really awesome to be here. All pink boulders (30 problems) are meant for the qualifications. From 6a up to 8b…

The competition started at 9.30 AM. We began to warm up early. I decided to seek for simple boulder problems. Meanwhile the center was getting quite crowded.

I noticed that some of the holds were polished. These holds are from Holdz. I think it looks awkward however sometimes boulder problems are quite influenced by these holds.

Most of the boulder problems were nice. Some of the problems were really difficult. The boulder setters used lots of volumes and every corner wisely.

Meanwhile Casper and coach Wally were doing good during the qualifications. They managed to flash most of the boulder problems. At 3 PM we handed in our score forms. The best 16 climbers will advance to the semis. Nikki van Bergen climbed really well and ended up 9th! Casper and coach Wally just managed to advance to the semis.

The semis contained strong climbers. Most of the climbers have worldcup competition experience. It was quite a diversified field. From Dutch climbers up to Italians, French, English and more international people. In my view this competition was equal to Worldcup competition level.

Coach Wally, Casper and Nikki had to onsight 4 boulder problems during the semis. I was sitting next to Michiel and our impression about the first men’s problem was that it was similar to a sanding machine.

The rest of the problems were quite tricky. In my opinion it was difficult to find out the correct sequence to send a boulder.
The female boulders were quite impressive as well. Nikki didn’t like her first problem. She felt tired however that is understandable after 30 qualification boulders.

Unfortunately none of us managed to advance to the finals. We were at Climbing Works for 14 hours however it was a great experience to be here. It was a super competition!

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