My favourite moment in any competition is the minute just before you leave isolation. All the training and preparation is over and there’s nothing more you can do. It’s just you and the climb. Six minutes to see whether you can bring out your A game and smash it in.
The Welsh Lead Climbing Championships at the Beacon Climbing Centre in Caernarfon a couple of weeks ago was one of the best comps I have ever been to. In an amazing feat of organisation, they ran three rounds of competition (qualifiers, semis and finals) for seven different age categories all on the same day. You’d think it would have been chaos, but it ran incredibly smoothly.
The route setting was also phenomenally good. The routes looked so exciting from the ground, and were also tricky to read so you felt pretty nervous setting off. They climbed beautifully and were about the perfect difficulty in terms of splitting my group. It was definitely the most fun I’ve ever had climbing in a comp.
I didn’t know any of the other competitors in my age category or the belayers or judges, but I met some really cool people who I hope I’ll catch up with again.
All in all a brilliant day. Many thanks to the Beacon and all the volunteers. Roll on 2016!