Dark Horse Climbing Comp! December 19, 2012Posted by littlebangtheory in Action/Adventure.
Tags: bouldering comps, climbing, Dark Horse climbing series, Everett MA, Francesca Metcalf, Isabelle Faus, Meagan Martin, Metrorock, Sebastien Lazure
This past weekend I had the opportunity to photograph the Dark Horse Climbing Competition at Metrorock climbing gym in Everett, MA.
That was pretty cool – some of the best young climbers from around the country going mano a mano for real prizes, and for the love of trying reealy hard. 😉
The three finals problems were set up so the competitors couldn’t see more than one at a time. Unfortunately, that meant that neither could I! As the competitors started at five minute intervals, I ran my butt off to get these shots, especially because I like to photograph these things from above, which meant climbing down from a shot, running around the gym and climbing up somewhere else.
And despite growing a few new muscles in the process, I missed a lot of the action – bummer!
But then, that’s how it goes when one person tries to be in three places at once.
So here are a few of the early highlights culled from the 440+ shots I took, most of which have yet to be processed.
Isabelle Faus holds onto a whole lotta nada as she balances around the holdless corner on Problem #1:
Francesca Metcalf goes wide at the start of Problem #3:
Meagan Martin defying gravity on Problem #2:
…and Sébastien Lazure snags the improbable fly-by cross-over on Problem #3, launching from the light blue hold at lower left:
My shoulders hurt just looking at that one. 😉
I may have more to share soon, but meanwhile, congratulations to all of the participants for their amazing efforts!