In the early years, I took what I could get – and what I got was plastic grips on an indoor wall. Climbing in the gym exposed me to comps, so I did them, partly because most of my friends were going and partly because I wanted to watch women I never met, climbing in tight lycra. But I won’t lie, I had a lot of fun at climbing comps and I met many of my best friends there as well. But as time wore on, I got less and less motivated by them (thank god) and more and more motivated by outdoor rock adventures. But there is still this little boy in me that wants to compete a bit, and I find I get excited when my friends do, so I can live vicariously through them. Right now Sean McColl (CAN) is in Austria, he did the World Cup Bouldering comp last week and placed a very impressive Ninth place, just one spot ahead of Daniel Woods. Among 80 of the worlds strongest competition boulderers. Things may have been different had Dia, Nalle, Sharma, Nicole, or Bock had of competed too, but they didn’t and so here is the latest scoring. Again, I am MOST impressed with Adam Ondra, here is a 16 year old kid who does not fit the typical bouldering profile, tall and straight up skinny to the bone, who doesn’t necessarily train specifically for the little blocs, unlike most of the other men here. Adam climbs 10 pitch 5.14’s onsight ground up, and then ticks 5.15’s ‘accidentally’ while he’s merely getting acquainted with a new crag. So for him to switch gears and stand on his first World Cup Bouldering podium, I think that’s a pretty incredible feat. I am constantly impressed by this little ninja. The season is just beginning so stay tuned and I’ll report some more events as they unfold. Congrats to all the men and women out there just givin it all. We salute you.