Last year we totally surprised ourselves - we ran a footless comp and somehow it worked. It actually worked so well that we felt like we had to run another one this year. The Climbing Works were keen to host it and a whole load of amazing handhold companies got on board to provide a great mix of interesting and unique holds. After a bit of planning, carving wooden holds, building bizarre obstacles, setting bizzare boulder problems and generally messing about we were ready to go.
75 ‘climbers’ and about 300 spectators piled into The Works to pull, push, dangle, drink and heckle. The atmosphere was great, and gave us faith that the climbing world definitely still has a sense of humour.
After two and a half hours of footless antics covering the whole spectrum of climbing maneuvers (from dragging yourself up a slab to leaping wildly between jugs) and forearm wrecking dead hangs the climbers were done. We set the comp a little harder this year and were amazed just how strong everybody is!
However, we weren’t done yet! Just to make sure tendonitis was fully set in, it was time for the piece de resistance. The cherry on the cake. The evening’s climax. It was time for the Spitroast Deadhang Final. This head-to-head-dead-hang challenge was a little safer than last year’s Deadhang Death Match, and a little more refined, but equally as hilarious. Especially when the baying mob of spectators were armed with stress-ball-projectiles and invited to launch them at the precariously pendulous competitors.
After the pandemonium subsided we were left with our winners. Molly Thompson-Smith took the women’s title, while Jim Pope took the men’s. It’s great to see the youth looking so strong. And come to think of it, everybody else.
However as well as the overall winners, a huge pat on the back goes to:
Pete Whittaker and Tom Randal - the minions. Totally amazing to see how strong they were while dressed in 8ft balloons
Janja Garnbret for the strongest display of crimp strength you could ever see
Matt Cousins for his exemplary deadhanging skills
Louis Parkinson for smashing the hardest boulder problem in fine style
Emma Flaharty/Banks for gaining the most bonus point stickers with her incessant sweet talking of the judges.
Finally a massive thanks has to go to all those who helped and supported us with setting up, running and dealing with the aftermath of the event. Especially the companies who provided us with all the excellent handholds: Atomik, Core, Enigma Volumes, Flathold, Teknik, Wataaah and 360 holds.
Also those who helped out with goodies for the crowd/donations to CAC: Red Bull, 5.10, Organic, Friction Labs and Wild Country.
And the Climbing Works for being so supportive of our whimsical plans for elbow inhalation...
The whole point of the event was to raise money for Climbers Against Cancer. This side of things was a huge success, we raised nearly £2000! Thanks everyone for helping.
Keep your eyes peeled for a video of the comp. See you all next year!
The top 8 from the qualifiers went through to the Spitroast Deadhang Final. This was a knock out comp, with a head to head dangle off to decide the winners. The results of the final are as follows:
1st Molly Thompson-Smith
2nd Janja Garnbret
3rd Jen Wood
1st Jim Pope
2nd Nathan Phillips
3rd Matt Cousins
The results below are from the qualifying round:
|Melissa Le Neve||500|
|Big Jack Ainscough||364|
|Ms Joe Swales||276.3|