The first comp of Friction Series 2017 is over and it was a great time! Read on for pictures, scores and highlights!
This year, Belmont had a total of 251 total scorecards turned in and well over 300 people in the gym to climb and cheer on competitors for Friction Series 2017 – presented by Petzl! Climbers tried their skill against our 25 available routes (5 lead climbs and 20 top rope climbs graded from 5.7 to 5.13+). Our two hardest climbs proved to be quite the challenge. Only a few of our almost 90 open competitors toped out on #24 and route #25 was not topped at all but that was not from lack of trying!
After some hard work and while open was wrapping up, climbers and spectators enjoyed some delicious food including 50+ delicious pizzas, snacks, and drinks – the wonderful beer was courtesy of Fort Point Beer! After so much climbing and cheering, it definitely hit the spot.
Next, it was time for the onsight finals! The final consisted of 6 men and women who were our top climbers from the open category and would do one more climb to see who could get farthest on our final and hardest route.
The men’s finalists were:
- Mark Seelos
- Aleksey Likhtenberg
- Keller Rinaudo
The women’s finalists were:
- Alex Plotnikoff
- Ciara Rinaudo
- Greta Foehr
Each climber got one shot to place first for the comp which gets them first choice in prizes from our sponsors and also a chance to compete for a cash purse at our Series Final in Sunnyvale in May! Onlookers held their breath and shouted encouragement as they watched the climbers tackle the hardest climbs of the day.
Congrats to our top climbers and especially to our Onsight winners Alex Plotnikoff and Aleksey Likhtenberg!
After finals, our category winners and raffle winners grabbed some awesome prizes including ropes, a hangboard, certificates for shoes and so much more!
Make sure you don’t miss our next comp!
Friction Series 2017 @PGSF on Saturday, Mar. 25th
Registration begins at 10am and climbing starts at 11! Get there early – our open category climbing ends at 3!
Want to see more pictures? Check out our Facebook album!
See final scores here: Friction Series 2017 Scores
Our Sponsors help make this all possible and provide the AMAZING prizes for our raffle! A giant thanks to all of them!