Equator Gringos

September 5, 2007

The World Junior Climbing Championships

Filed under: Ecuador, rock climbing, South America — lstollin @ 6:00 am


Meet "Microwave."

Last month we had the honor to host at our house here in Quito the American speed climbing competitor Michael Perry, 16 years old, from Austin, Texas, who currently reigns as the 21st fastest climber in the world in his age group.

Weekend before last Joy and I traveled to Ibarra, 2.5 hours north of Quito, to catch the speed climbing part of the World Junior Climbing Championships.


(above) A captured moment of the part of the competition referred to as “difficulty” (for good reason). By the way, this wall is a lot like the one I climb on in Quito. Very tall, and completely outdoors.


(above) Microwave hits the buzzer, 60 feet up, with an all-points-off
leap the last 5 or 6 feet.  Total time: 16 seconds or so.

To see the general competition results, try here to find out that the Austrian and Japanese men kicked butt, but the American women did great in Difficulty! The Ecuadorians climbed really well in speed also. Here are the links to Michael’s area, Speed Male Youth A.

I didn’t get any video of Michael climbing, but here’s an amazing speed climbing clip from the competition: The audio track (otherwise annoying) provides the helpful info that the slower climber got to the top in 13.88 seconds.


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