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European Youth Cup, Imst

By Freja Duncan on 2014.06.17 In Competition International competition

 

During the last weekend in May, I joined 6 other talented climbers from Sweden as we headed towards Imst, Austria for the first EYC of the year.

On Friday morning we walked down to the climbing hall. Standing there in a small village surrounded by beautiful mountains and facing one of the most amazing climbing walls in the world, 1.312 m²  the only thing I wanted to do was climb, but I had to wait until the following day. Luckily they have an indoor climbing hall were we spent the rest of the day climbing easy routes to get ready for the competition.

The competition wall!

The competition wall!

Competition clothes

Competition clothes

 

Eventually the day of the EYC arrived…. the day I had waited so long for. We got up early, had breakfast and left for the climbing hall. I went out as second to last out of  49 competitors so I started my warm up later during the day.

The first route was a vertical, technical and crimpy route in the beginning, but more overhanging and more powerful moves in the end. The route didn’t have any reachy moves and it looked like it could fit me quite well even though I don´t like climbing vertical walls that much! In the beginning of the route I was really, really nervous but the further I got the less nervous I became. I fell after about 2/3 but I think I could have done better!

Route 1

Route 1

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The second route was much more overhanging than the first with more slopers and a few open crimps. The route looked like it could suit me, and it did, I fell only a couple of clips from the top.  I finished 29th out of 49, and over all I am happy with my first international competition.

Route 2

Route 2

I ended the day with some speed practise, as we don’t have a speed wall in Sweden!

Speed!

Speed!

 

I learnt a lot and had a lot of fun!

"Team Sweden"

“Team Sweden”

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I’m Freja, 13 years old, from Nacka, Stockholm and I love climbing. I compete for Stockholm’s Climbing Club and I train hard 4 days a week with my club friends. I climb both boulder and lead and compete in national and international competitions. I am half English, half Swedish.

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