Good route setting is hard man!
Good Paraclimbing setting is hard man...
It was great that a recent UK bouldering comp got a few of the GB Paraclimbers down to share their experiential knowledge with the paracomp setters before the comp... There's a lot of 'comp' in this paragraph?!
It was also great that the same comp organisers (ROCfest) changed the podium presentations for the Paraclimbing event to run alongside the presentations of the other categories instead of the scheduled plan. Another accidental win for this great event at ROCfest... Its called inclusion. It was one of the best comps I've been to and the atmosphere was awesome...
|ROCfest Paraclimbers enjoying their podium|
But here's the stuff I love about Paraclimbing: When it comes to route setting, we may need to begin to move away from inclusiveness with the route sets (in competition) and aggressively segment the setting so that it tries to achieve the following:
- Is more specific to Paraclimbing categories (upper limb, lower limb etc..)
- Highlights the category competitor's specialist abilities and athletic ability specific to their catergory
- Understands the specialist techniques currently employed and challenges the competitors to advance their techniques in example more core orientated setting...
|The Physical Variances|
|BMC GB Paraclimb Team Manager: Graeme Hill enjoying|
the comp at ROCfest