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18 Oct 2011

Start of a new SIBL series

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With 180 competitors Sundays event was the busiest they have ever had and attracted a very high standard of competitor. However the competition remains a fun outing and a great opportunity to pit your bouldering skills against your friends and other enthusiasts. The team at Craggy worked all week with all routes set specifically for each event by Mark Croxall.

The Southern Indoor Bouldering League has been in existence in one form or another for 20 years its a great event and well worth trying to get to one of the rounds in your area if you can. It was the first competition I ever entered and I have a real love relationship with it. I like everything about it; the people, the vibe, the format and centres. I use it these days to keep my competitive head in gear during pre season training, however as I won the series last year I also want to retain my title!!

For SIBL depending on the category entered you get a colour coded score card and then your left to find the routes tagged with the colour of your card. The competition consists of 20 boulders in 4 hours and you get points according to the amount of attempts it takes you to complete the route.

  • 10 points for 1st try
  • 7 points for 2nd try
  • 3 points for 3rd try
  • 1 point for any subsequent attempt

I was feeling good on the day having rested the day before and managed to flash all but one of the boulders which I could not link due to skin issues. This was disappointing as I really wanted to do them all and get full score but on balance a great start. I think I managed to get a 30 point (3 bloc) lead on the day and for the league.

Here is the video report from Slender films who document the series. The next round is on Sunday 13th November at The Arch near London Bridge. This is a really great centre with good walls and great setters. Resident bloc guru Yann and special guest Gaz Parry will be on hand to provide the funk.