klättrande på Klätterverket = climbing at Klätterverket
Saturday, 1 Feb. Gaspumpen: the first ever climbing competition at Klätterverket.
Klätterverket= the brand new climbing gym that opened in early October, about 4 blocks from our house. Open every day from 10 AM to 10 PM. Nice to be able to walk down the block, climb the walls, take a sauna, then come home. Chris entered himself and the kids into the climbing competition, remembering fondly doing fun competitions before in both Portland & Seattle.
After the gym opened in October, we remembered how to belay and learned the European system (slightly different). The kids learned how to tie a figure 8. And we've been climbing ever since. Learning to trust a rope = challenging. Bouldering = more fun (for 3 people in the family; I prefer going up).
Learning the moves and how to handle overhangs
Below left = belayers getting ready. Picture to the right below: routes headed up, up, up... and not marked to show how hard they actually were.
A long face. Do I have to do this? First up for our family, Elizabeth Fowler...
In the meantime, Stephen in the young men's division waited. And waited... with about 17 people in front of him, he was done with waiting, perhaps done with climbing competitions forever by the time it became his turn.
Stephen finally was able to climb route #2.
And coming down.
Back to our regularly scheduled programming of simply climbing the walls for fun. We are spoiled by having a gym this nice this close.