ABS Nationals: Boulder Bound

Barring any weather related delays we will be on a plane heading to Denver/Boulder later this evening. Friday will be a day of exploration with the weekend dedicated to coaching and spectating at the various comps taking place.

Needless to say, we are really psyched for the Open Finals on Saturday night that will feature Chris Sharma and Paul Robinson for the men and a seriously stout women’s field featuring Rands, Puccio, Johnson, Payne, Classen and Harrington among others. I suspect there will also be several other big names in the men’s field before it is all said and done.

Talk about a tough field to handicap though. Sharma and Alex Johnson won this summer in Salt Lake despite not having much presence at other comps while Paul and Alex Puccio won the Mammut/EMS bouldering series. I think that Paul might be ready to take his game to the next level and dethrone Sharma, and for the women I like Lisa Rands to win. Of course this will be the highest pressure American bouldering comp ever as the results on Saturday night help to determine who will represent the USA in the upcoming Bouldering World Cup so anything can happen. It should be exciting to see how it all unfolds.

Here is a link to the open running order if you want to see who will be there.

Here is the running order for the kids on Saturday.

Good luck to our kids that are competing !

I might try to update this weekend, but I have my doubts as our laptop is THE suck!

Here is some info on getting tickets for the open finals this weekend as well:

Pre-sale spectator tickets through the ABS are sold out.
The Spot is selling 300 tickets starting Wednesday at 3pm if you’re a current paying Spot member. Call to order.
Friday at 11am the Spot is selling the remaining tickets from the 300 to whoever gets them first. Call to order.
Saturday there are 100 more tickets on sale, starting at 5pm. First come first serve or by phone.

Spot Phone: 303.379.8806

Posted In: American Bouldering Series, Competitions


Subscribe to the RSS feed to receive updates, and follow us on Twitter & Facebook

6 Responses to ABS Nationals: Boulder Bound

  1. Climbing Narcissist February 14, 2008 at 8:00 am #

    For people that have been to a comp like this at the Spot, what can we expect as far as getting a place to sit/stand during the Open Finals. Is it organized or just complete insanity?

    GD Star Rating
  2. Ryan February 14, 2008 at 10:58 am #

    stand/insanity mostly

    I hope you guys don’t get screwed by the weather – we already have a few inches of snow on the ground. Good luck with your flight!

    GD Star Rating
  3. Climbing Narcissist February 14, 2008 at 11:07 am #

    We are supposed to get 3-6″ here as well. We don’t leave until 7:30 tonight so hopefully delays don’t pile up all day. On the bright side we don’t NEED to be there tomorrow, but we were very much looking forward to some hikes with actual scenery/elevation gains.

    Can’t wait to see the insanity of hundreds of people piling into a climbing gym to watch half naked people thrutch around the walls

    GD Star Rating
  4. Tony February 14, 2008 at 5:08 pm #

    Anyone know how likely it is to get some of the 300 or so tickets that they’re selling for the Open Finals on friday?

    GD Star Rating
  5. Ryan February 14, 2008 at 6:24 pm #

    I’m guessing it won’t be a problem

    GD Star Rating
  6. Nick February 14, 2008 at 10:10 pm #

    Narc- TAKE PHOTOS! I really want to see the awesomeness… (excited twitching)…..

    GD Star Rating

Leave a Reply