martha wrote:Great work Nate!!! What is better than climbing hard, having fun AND winning?! I do hope you had some beers!!!
It might be true that the best climber is the one having the most fun. I just went into it not expecting to even get close to winning, with the goal of just trying to climb the route my best and enjoy the moment. I was just psyched to be selected to climb in the comp.
The joy I felt when I pulled onto the ice bridge was incredible. It only got better when I got onto the headwall and the crowd went nuts.
Topping out was unbelievable. At that point I didn't care if everyone else after me topped out quicker and I fully expected it. I was just supper happy that I climbed my best and managed to top out.
Without a doubt the best day of my life. I'm happy Bec was there to share it with me.
Contrary to popular belief, when my feet cut on the ice bridge I was nowhere close to falling off. I did think I was off when the ice broke at the end of the bridge when getting onto the headwall but the grate caught me and also after getting onto the headwall and I hooked a diagonal edge, committed both hands to the tool and it shifted down a little.
Here are a couple more links:http://www.alpinist.com/doc/_print/web12w/newswire-2012-ouray-ice-festival-resultshttp://photos.denverpost.com/mediacenter/2012/01/ouray-ice-festival-winners/27194/http://gripped.com/2012/01/sections/news/jan-9-2012-canadian-climbs-to-victory-at-ouray-ice-fest/
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