posted by dpm on 08/10/2014
The 2nd annual Psicocomp took place this past Friday evening in Park City, Utah. The deep-water solo competition, organized by DWS veteran Chris Sharma, takes place on a 50-foot-tall wave wall that sweeps above the Olympic Park pool.
The success of last year’s event drew in some of the same big name climbers as well as a few fresh faces eager to try this unique comp style. This year, the winner of the head-to-head comp format was largely based on speed. The women’s route was estimated to be 5.13a, while the men’s route was 5.13d. With careful pacing, most of the elite-level competitors were easily able to reach the top, but when pitted side-by-side against an opponent, the men in particular were forced into sprint mode. Toward the end, endurance became a factor as well as the fast-paced competition had the advancing climbers back on the wall numerous times over the span of just a few hours.
Sean McColl was the proud winner for the men, beating out Jimmy Webb in the quarterfinal, Chris Sharma in the semifinal, and finally Daniel Woods in a white-knuckle, go-for-broke, photo finish. Claire Buhrfeind took first for the women besting a strong field of women that included Sasha Digiulian, Ashima Shiraishi, and Alex Puccio. Like the men’s finish, Buhrfeind and Delaney Miller competed in an exciting final round with Buhrfeind topping out just seconds before Miller.
The results. Credit: LT11