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.
We all took it easy on Thursday night, hung out at the cabin and made a pre comp family dinner to fuel everybody up.
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.
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.
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
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.
After Zipline and leaving the Ranch for a little dinner we came back to watch the night climbing.
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!
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!!
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!!!