posted by dpm on 07/22/2009
Once again, the Shilo Inn parking deck blazed in the summer heat as attendees for the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show anxiously awaited the start of the Mammut Bouldering Championships. This year's comp featured two enormous fiberglass monstrosities build by Walltopia which provided the climbing surface for which the best athletes in the world would compete. Competitors from around the world including Austrian, Anna Stohr, were in attendance for what some hail as the most exciting Bouldering Event in the US.
The competition began with the women battling the sun's rays which made getting to the top of the wall less likely than getting a tan. Both Alex Johnson and Alex Puccio flashed problems one, two and three, with problem four becoming the deciding factor in determining the winner. Alex Puccio fell short of Alex Johnson's high point placing her in second place, ahead of Anna Stohr who placed third.
As temperatures began to cool and evening fell, the men emerged from isolation. After several male competitors had attempted the first few problems, worried murmurs echoed through the crowd as to whether or not the problems were too hard. The murmurs hushed as Julian Bautista reached the final hold on problem two. Spectators refocused their attention on the competition as competitor Paul Robinson began problem one. To the surprise of the crowd, his efforts were also thwarted.
As the competition heated up, Julian Bautista continued to wow the crowd with youthful power. He could have easily won the competition, had the last competitor not brought his "A" game. Daniel Woods chalked up as he stepped to the first problem. In a style that can only be described as "dominating," he effortlessly flashed the problem that had previously stymied the entire competitive field. It was apparent who the victor of this year's Mammut Bouldering Championship would be. Daniel Woods went on to flash all four problems leaving no doubt in anyone's mind who the champion was.
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