July 7th, 2019 by Matthew Phillips

The Paraclimbing Blokfest was held recently at the castle climbing centre in London. It was the culmination of many months of effort from a number of people specifically the Castle, Paraclimb London and the Blokfest team who made the whole event possible. The day was broken down into three parts the bouldering the routes and the final to top it off, a long day starting at around 10 and going on all the way to 6. The route setting was done by a team of some of the best route setters in the country and the fine selection of holds on display meant that the route setting was outstanding.

I started on boulders and quickly ticked through the easy ones leaving around five harder ones for the end I quickly managed a few of these including a lovely double dyno set by Ben West which took a few tries to figure out the beta but eventually went very smoothly. This left three of the hardest blocs to go which unfortunately I was unable to tick through but which still left me with a respectable score going into the second half of the competition. The second half was a tope-rope section with three routes. The first two were pretty straightforward but enjoyable. The final route was a step-up with some tricky techy moves. I got about 3 quarters of the way up this one before falling on a tricky press out.

Now it was time for isolation before the finals. Waiting with some of the Gb team for my time to climb which was right at the end the last climber to climb of the day. When I went out the routes was great starting with some easy moves on good holds then into some more crimpy moves followed by a big dyno to a hold on a volume that was hidden, in effect a blind dyno. The last few moves were easy but pumpy and then I dropped the final move due to some faffing with the rope. This still secured me first place which I was vey happy with. Overall it was a good day nd I look forward to next years event.    

Below is a video montage of my climbs on the day 

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