Someone posted this video of a climber, Sean McColl, on twitter recently:
I did some research, and apparently this is part of a bouldering competition called the “Hueco Rock Rodeo“. Did I read this right? an OUTDOOR bouldering competition? This doesn’t seem fair to me!
At a “real” bouldering competition, you have professional route setters making sure they set world class boulder problems that none of the competitors have climbed before. They are able to create beautiful movement, and problems that are harder than anything found in nature. This is the allure of indoor bouldering. You are not limited but the finite amount of holds and moves that real rock produces.
Also, who’s to say Mr. McColl hasn’t been to Hueco before and tried these problems over and over until they are all but memorized? Wouldn’t this give him an unfair advantage? From now on, lets keep it fair, and have rock climbing competitions where they belong: gyms.
Keepin’ it real.