The 24HHH comp started last Friday, 10am to 10am Sat, and Jamie, Chris and Jodi were more than prepared. The rest of our friends, Corey, Josh, Chris, Torey, Ryan, Melissa, and Ed, arrived from VA the Wednesday prior when all of us moved into a cabin for the weekend. Everyone but myself would be competing in the 24HHH. We spent Thursday walking around the Ranch since Ed was the only one from our group who had never been to AR and was new to the competition so we showed him around and he climbed a couple trad routes to get familiar with the area.
Thursday before the comp, scouting the area with Ed
Ed getting familiar with the climbing at the Ranch
Ed getting his crank on with a trad route at HCR
Free haircuts for climbers from the Rogue Barber
Another climber getting a free haircut, this guy actually won “Best Haircut”!
Our friend Torey getting a piton shaved out of his hair
We all took it easy on Thursday night, hung out at the cabin and made a pre comp family dinner to fuel everybody up.
Family dinner at the cabin
The day had finally arrived and our 10 competitors were pumped up for a day they had been training for for so long. We all got to the Ranch early in preparation and the place was buzzing with climbers and vendors, everyone enjoying the pre-comp activity. Our friends, John and Lori from VA flew out to Little Rock for a long weekend to visit their relatives but came out to the Ranch all day Friday to witness 24HHH and support Jamie.
Team VA super fans, John and Lori
Andy Chasteen is the founder and director of the event and he was making announcement and going over rules before the part we all look forward to, the Climbers Creed.
Andy going over rules prior to the start
Andy announcing every team name, 140 teams!
Ryan, Torey and Chris gearing up for the start
Every year, one of the organizers, Jeremy, writes up the climbers creed and announces it moments before the start of the comp. Climbers have to repeat what he says and this year it was pretty good…
Partner, the day, has finally arrived
My colorful leather boots, quiver in morbid anticipation
My belay hand lie in wait for your divine ascents
You partner, are the scabbard
…I am the sword
Partner, I will now speak in a horrible fake accent
Thou must now wish to distract me from my fear and trembling
Partner, the wind is nide before lost and yet our knots are not yet knotted
It is better to check thy knot than not, lest the rock be forgotten
Partner, thou must not freakin’ drop me!
Today we climb for victory, with muscles well honed our torsos well toned, our crimping and clipping are bad to thy bone
Partner, thou must not freakin’ drop me, for if thou does, I will slight thee on a bed of poles, or a burning cross, or drag you behind a herd of goats, or worse, tell everyone on Facebook
Partner, I chose you not for thy skill, but for thy determination and will
We battle our own battle
We fight our own fight
When the sun rises upon tomorrow
We will rise like zombies from the battles of night
Partner, we are more than climbers, WE ARE WARRIORS!!
We are lions in a field of lions
PARTNER!! CLIMB WITH ME!!!
Check out the video of the Climbers Creed on YouTube! http://youtu.be/vcQzZPjrcuM
Surprisingly, the first 14 hours flew by! I say 14 because John and Lori and I left at midnight to head back to the cabin to sleep. We talked about feeling guilty since everyone would continue climbing until 10am Saturday but hey, it’s their choice to punish their bodes in such a way so we went to bed!! But we didn’t leave without getting some great shots throughout the day and night.
Jamie working one of the harder routes at Ren and Stimpy area, first thing Friday morning
Jamie working a roof at Ren and Stimpy
Chris at Ren and Stimpy area, banging out the hard routes early!
Ed and Jodi ticking off Pantry Moth Invasion, 10b
Chris climbing in The Land Beyond area
Jamie working the same move
Jamie and Chris running between routes to keep up their pace
Tallying up the scores so far, this is about 2pm on Friday, first score cards will be due at 10pm so the guys need to keep up with their route count
Chris working the hardest line he’ll climb at the comp, Kindergarten Boulder, Crab Louse, 12b
A couple of volunteers and a few random spectators
John, Lori and I had fun watching everyone climb but we were also up for a little fun of our own. The Ranch installed a Zipline the summer prior which is 400 ft off the ground and half a mile long plus they were offering 50% off for all climbers and spectators so we took advantage of this.
At the top of the cliff, ready to take off on the Zipline
I was the first one to take off, it was awesome!
Lori coming off her first Zipline high
After Zipline and leaving the Ranch for a little dinner we came back to watch the night climbing.
Jamie sportin’ the head lamp belay
Corey and Josh climbing a 5.10 at night
Head lamps light up the North Forty
The next morning, we returned early enough to catch the last hour of the comp. It was another beautiful day and the vibe was still strong but I think the climbers were ready for the finish line!
Chris working one of his final routes on Saturday morning
Many people appreciated the couch brought up from the Trading Co. especially Chris, far right
Torey, Ed and Jodi expressing their “I’m Done” face
Jamie still happy after 23 hours of climbing and belaying!
Super fan John and Jamie
Getting in the last minute routes before the final call to turn in score cards
Jamie and Chris tallying up their final numbers
Jamie racing to the climber check in tent to submit score cards by 10:15am
With Chris following
Turning in the final score cards, it’s over!!
A couple of proud boys who smashed their prior year numbers
Chris and Jamie’s tortured hands
Jamie and Chris chattin’ with Dick and Nathalie, the only partners who have been competing together since the first comp 8 years ago
Ryan and Melissa enjoying post-comp free massages
From left; Lori, Ed, Jodi, John, Jamie, Chris, Torey, all happy to be done!
Our crew Team VA – CO
…and their beat up hands
We headed home for a few hours of shut eye before having to return to the Ranch for the free pasta dinner and after party. Our group of 10 climbers cleaned up pretty good at the awards ceremony that night!!
Pasta dinner back at the ranch following naps by everyone
Chris, Ryan and Melissa enjoying the free pasta dinner Saturday evening
The weather was awful so the outdoor awards ceremony was moved into the camping pavilion, it was tight!
Corey and Josh placed in their Intermediate category for overall points
Corey wins again but I forget what for!
Ryan and Melissa win for most amount of 5.7′s climbed in the Recreation category
Jodi placed for female overall points in her category! Go Yolanda!!
Jodi, aka “Yolanda the Climbing Phenom”, would like to personally thank her climbing partner, Ed, aka “Bubba Shrimp from south of Macon Georgia north of Tallahassee Florida” for his 24 hours of support and non-stop southern spirit!!
Jamie and Chris crushed it with 170 routes each for a team total of 340 routes in 24 hours!! An amazing accomplishment!! Official results will be posted soon at:
We hope everyone had a safe trip home and we thank John and Lori for coming out to support Team VA-CO. Congratulations climbers!!!