Swiss Cup and Fontainebleau Training Camp

Alannah Yip

This post is about two weeks late…oops!

And so my climbing adventures continue! On April 18th I competed in the Swiss Cup Competition in Pratteln, a town near Basel.

Reaching for the top in qualifiers.  photo: David Schweizer Reaching for the top in qualifiers.
photo: David Schweizer

The qualifiers format was a little different than I’ve ever seen before: 8 problems and only one hour. No, that was not a typo. One hour to complete 8 problems. Yep, it was pretty intense. The other difference from national level competitions elsewhere in the world is the number of spots in finals are fixed at 6, not 6 Swiss competitors. That meant that any international competitors (i.e. me) could potentially knock a Swiss competitor out of a finals spot. In qualifiers, I topped 6/8 along with 8 other girls. Petra Klingler was the only one to do more, topping all 8. That meant that last 5 spots in finals were down to…

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