Passion for Flashin’ 2013

Saturday was the 20th annual Passion for Flashin’ comp at VE – St Paul.

Passion     Scorecard

I volunteered to set again this year for Passion, though my time and body only allowed me to contribute one route.  I went in on the Wednesday evening before the comp to put up my assigned 5.11- and left to a beautiful, light snow.

tape     snow

During the comp, I set up shop as an MCA representative and sold raffle tickets for a sweet BD bouldering package that included a pad, chalk bag, and brush kit.  We raised over $500 for our Sandstone land acquisition efforts!  The table they gave me was facing the route that I set, so my day was spent watching variations of my intended movement – an enjoyable and beneficial opportunity for me as a setter.

mca     kyle on route

Every so often, I took a walk around to see routes and problems getting worked.  This is a great annual event that brings the Twin Cities community together for fun and competition.  I enjoy seeing the familiar faces climbing, volunteering, and cheering each other on.

b2   b2    carrot

Local climber and Life to the Max contributor, Dan Monskey was on hand this year filming his efforts in the comp and talking to VE climb team kids about their efforts as competitive climbers.  Watch for that episode to be shared around the web after it airs.

Head setter, Andy Nelson, came up big again this year leading a team of route setters day and night for several days leading up to the comp.  None of the finals routes were flashed and finalists fell in varying spots creating the kind of separation that provides a clear winner in each division.

life to the max     finals

After the comp, I stuck around and climbed some of the routes.  Highlights included Andy’s dyno route on the right side of the amphitheater, the volume route on the carrot, and Ben Mueller’s slab route that went around 11+/12a.

That night and the next day, setters poured into the gym to start filling up the blank walls.  This week will be a great time to visit VES (for those of us that primarily climb on the west side now) because the gym will have all new routes and problems.

Winners of the 2013 Passion for Flashin’ can be found here.

Pictures of the event can be found on Picasa or Facebook.

Video of division winners can be found on You Tube.


Men’s Open division winner:



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