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http://new.livestream.com/louderthan11/p......26265835

This is a very cool climbing competition that was held in Utah at the Winter Sports Park with a climbing wall over the ski jump pool. Competitors had to free climb the extremely difficult 55 foot route over the pool. Single elimination. Climber to get the highest without falling into the pool advances to next round. I think this is the first time this type of competition was held here in the US. This had some of the best climbers in the US and other parts of the world competing. It was live streamed on Friday night I think but there are multiple videos showing the entire competition.

For those of you who have never climbed, this wall is rated at a 5.13+ which is REALLY hard. After 4 years of climbing I still couldn't climb a 5.12 and I doubt I would be able to make the first move on this wall. These competitors make a lot of it look easy but believe me, it's TOUGH!

The event starts at about the 40min mark on the first video. The little gal seeded 1st is one of the top female competitors in the world and looks like Kate Hudson I thought. Check it out.

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It's called a deep water competition and the mens route is actually a high 5.14 which is insanely difficult. Only one guy was able to top out on the wall. To give you an idea of some of the types of moves, near the top the last two holds consist of a mono, which means you can only fit one finger in a hole in the hold and the next hold is about the width of two credit cards.
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On 2013-08-03 23:01, rockwall wrote:
These competitors make a lot of it look easy but believe me, it's TOUGH!
Mike


NONE of it looks easy to me but I'm challenged by a high ladder. Smile
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That was very impressive! Thanks
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Come on guys! This was so awesome! No one else thought so???

Deep water soloing is something done in a lot of other parts of the world like Thialand. You find a cliff that overhangs the ocean. You climb without any protection until you fall off into the ocean. So cool!
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Here's a quick video of Chris Sharma doing it in Mallorca, Spain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5ZLctA-pcY

It was Chris Sharma who put on this competition and who NPR once called the greatest rock climber in the world. He's the only guy to top out at the competition in SL on his first run but then he fell on his 2nd climb and was eliminated.
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