So, last night I was fortunate enough to compete in my first ever climbing competition. It was held at the gym that I work at in Greenville,SC, The Mountain Goat. I’ve been very eager to compete for a long time, so this was a good chance to quench my competitive thirst while keeping the competition stress low.
You earned bonus points for climbing in Christmas garb, so I rocked Katie’s Santa hat for all of my attempts.
The environment was very encouraging and it was a really fun time. The competition lasted for approximately an hour and a half, so it became a little stressful towards the end after trying to earn points as strategically as possible. After climbing at your max level almost non-stop for that long takes a pretty big toll on your mind, and definitely on your body. It was a learning experience and it definitely gave me the confidence to compete elsewhere in the future.
Katie was a five-star climbing caddy and kept score for me, while providing encouragement and supreme hydration.
I managed to come in second for my division, losing to someone who was bumped up from the class below me. Winning wasn’t that important to me since the prizes were things that I have regular access to anyway since I’m an employee. I also wasn’t as concerned with winning as I was with maxing out my personal goals and achieving at the highest level I thought possible. I’m super proud of my performance, and will definitely be competing at the next competition I can find.
After the competition there were typical GOAT party festivities such as lasers and giant snowmen.
It was a really great experience, and it made me really proud to be a part of such a cool ministry. All of the funds from the party went to buying shoes for the kids on the climbing team, which is such a cool thing. I’m super psyched about how it went and how much fun was had by everyone, and I’m eager to get into my next competition and to push myself even farther.
Rock climbing is fun!