Climbing teams reach dizzy heights of second place at national tournament
CLIMBERS in South Devon College's Team A narrowly missed out of the top spot when they took part in the fourth annual national colleges climbing competition at South Molton last week.
With two new teams and a new coach, the college were aiming high at the event, which took place at Rock and Rapid climbing centre last Wednesday.
With a total of eight teams from five different colleges, the college B team also put in a respectable effort to finish sixth. Within each team of six, three members took part doing route and circuit climbs and the other three did the speed climbing and bouldering section.
Ellis Butler-Barker made the first route climb look easy, while Andy White also completed the route. Butler-Barker easily won the circuit round completing and lapping the 25-move circuit while other teams only reached the 22nd hold. Butler-Barker then went on to win the individual lead section on sighting an 8a grade route, the hardest route in the competition.
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In the bouldering room Chelsea Crossman and Stan Stanfield were fighting hard against other good competitors to complete routes and get the maximum amount of points possible. With crowds gathering to watch the speed climb which consists of climbing fast up an overhanging 12m wall, it didn't seem to bother Rich Mardell as he managed a respectable 11 seconds.