More when we get home, but in the meantime here are your ABS 10 Adult National Bouldering Championship results:
- Daniel Woods
- Paul Robinson
- Sean McColl
- Alex Johnson
- Chauncenia Cox
- Alex Puccio
A pretty impressive and dominating performance on the part of Daniel Woods made for a really exciting event. More to come…
Update: Since I posted the final results from the USA Climbing website it might be helpful for people if I (try to) explain the scoring system used. The basic explanation of the scoring system is that there are only two holds that count on each of the 4 finals problems. There is a so-called Zone or Bonus hold and the finish hold. The bonus hold is a semi-random hold, usually toward the top of the problem. Climbers get credit for controlling the bonus hold and the finish hold. The other holds literally count for nothing. Several climbers climbed from the bonus hold to within inches of the finish hold, but they get the same credit as someone who fell off the bonus hold. Likewise, many climbers climbed several moves on a problem and fell before controlling the bonus hold which means they are scored as if they basically never left the ground.
To best understand the results on the USA Climbing website, I would recommend just reading the columns on the left where it lists the total tops and total bonuses for each climber. For example, you can see that Daniel Woods got all 4 bonus holds as well as all 4 finishes in an impressive 5 total attempts. Right behind him, Paul Robinson got all 4 bonus holds but only 3 finishes. It’s pretty easy to see why they finished first and second. After that it gets a bit confusing. The way the final scoring is done is that climbers are ranked first by # of problems they top out, then by # of attempts to top out, then by # of bonus holds followed by # of attempts to reach a bonus hold. This is how Julian Bautista, an impressive young climber who topped out 2 problems and got 2 bonus holds, finished ahead of other climbers that topped out 2 problems AND controlled 4 bonus holds. He took fewer attempts on the problems he topped out which trumped the fact that other climbers with the same number of topouts controlled more bonus holds. Confusing, I know.
Needless to say, this system is fairly controversial among the climbers, but it is the way things are done in Europe so we will probably have to get used to it for the time being.
Update #2: It should also be noted that only the top 3 finishers received prize money. Payouts were as follows for both the men and women: 1st place – $1250, 2nd place $750, 3rd place $500. Not exactly like winning the U.S. Open or anything…