I spent the last weekend in Vienna – as you may have seen on my insta storys (@karo_sinnhuber). It was my 2nd time there, where I also saw a bit oft he city centre and not only the inside of different gyms. I shopped a lot, met friends which I see rarely and got lost a few times in the underground, but I definitely enjoyed my time there, although I’m pretty broke now.
But I wasn’t there just for shopping and hanging with friends, the main reason was the boulder fun-competition called „blockgfrasta“. The qualification for the finals took place in 4 different gyms in Austria: Boulderbar Salzburg, Boulderbar Vienna, Boulderama in Klagenfurt and the Bloc house in Graz. The routesetters set 99 different boulderproblems in each gym. I climbed for the Boulderbar in Salzburg and could finish 72 out of those 99 boulders in 3 sessions… 2 boulders were hidden or I was just too stupid to find them haha
The best 12 boys and girls of EACH gym were invited to the finals in Vienna, which took place on 10th June.
I came with no expectations, because I knew that I’m not in a super shape due to 3 months of no „real“ training (read here why). I felt quite good and confident during the boulderjam qualification and could climb 11 out of 15 boulders. The athletes had to tick the climbed boulders by themselves in the qualification… I hope everyone ticked the right ones and no one cheated. Somehow (maybe due to the weird result-system?) I placed on the 6th rank and could take part in the finals.
I felt so wrecked after the qualification already, that I knew I won’t be able to show my best in finals. Yeah, it’s already quite a time ago since I attended a comp – around 8 or 9 months maybe?
The 6 female finalists were pretty strong, there were also 2 girls from Slovenia here. One oft hem was only 12 years old and already strong as fuck. Looks like Slovenia will get a new Janja Garnbret soon 😉 Unfortunately the boulders were way too hard, and no one of the girls could get a top haha. The results consisted of the bonus and the trys for a bonus.
The crowd was cool – I did never expect that so many people would show up for a fun competition.
The temps were hot – you should avoid Vienna during summer if you don’t like it 30 degrees or hotter hahahaha
The organisation wasn’t the best – delays and no proper informations about the timetable in advance
BUT it was definitely a good trainingsession and skin killer, and I loved the qualification boulders
I’m not sure if I will compete again next year, hopefully I’ll be in Vail for the Worldcup during this time next year 😉