Deep Water Soloing Comp in the Twin Cities?

For well over a year now, I’ve had ideas of and conversations about bringing pro bouldering or deep water soloing to the Twin Cities.  Reading about this event, I’m not sure if I’m one step closer or one step further away.

The time is now to resuscitate the effort.  Emails sent.  One step closer…

From the article:

Capping off Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2013, the Psicobloc Masters Series – the first deep water soloing competition ever held in the U.S. – will be held August 2, at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City. 

Some of the world’s best climbers will be invited to compete head-to-head on a 50-foot wall using no ropes or harnesses, with only the Olympic Park’s 750,000-gallon freestyle aerial training pool to catch them below. The event will be open to the public and spectators will be treated to a ski jumping exhibition during the intermission periods.

“Psicobloc is an extreme and spectacular form of climbing that will undoubtedly blow everyone’s minds,” says Pro Climber and Event Organizer Chris Sharma. “For years we’ve talked about how this format will be the way of taking climbing to the mainstream. I’m really excited to be bringing this new and exciting form of climbing competition to the Olympic Park in Park City and am sure this will be an unforgettable experience for everyone who attends.”

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2 thoughts on “Deep Water Soloing Comp in the Twin Cities?

  1. Any idea what the format of the comp might be? I would guess Onsight, I don’t know how psyched I would be as a competitor if I had to climb again after immediately falling in the water.

    I’m wondering if the addition of a pool of water will make the event appealing to a broader range of people.

    I would also think the risk is increased for the athletes. If you take a nearly 50 foot fall into the water and don’t land right, it could lead to some serious injuries.

    I’m very interested to see how this turns out.

  2. The psicobloc comps I’ve watched in videos usually has climbers rotating through turns. When they fall, a boat or jet ski pick them up and take them back to dry ground and the next competitor steps up. Imagine this on Harriet Island or in one of our larger lakes! But, perhaps a pool would be a more controlled environment. Can the U of M facilitate this kind of event?!?

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