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A day to remember

posted 26 Feb 2012, 15:23 by CYCC Cork   [ updated 26 Feb 2012, 15:54 ]

The Mardyke Arena hosted Southern Round 1 of the Youth Climbing Series on Saturday February 25. For over a year the Mardyke has been the home of our club and we were buzzing at the prospect at competing in this competition. Months of training and preparation would finally be put to the test. 

After a final training session on Thursday night, the CYCC members competing in the YCS were briefed by Rich Cussen on what to expect during the long competition day.

On the day, over 40 climbers registered to compete across five different grades. Under the direction of Neal McQuaid, CYCC members and volunteers assisted in competition administration, judging, route demos, belaying and some after the event catering! 

The competition was organized by Neal McQuaid from Mountaineering Ireland and the testing competition routes were set by Eddie Cooper, Ang and Juan. Boulder problem and route demos were done by Eddie Cooper and CYCC's Belgian coach Laurence Yernaux.

These were new routes for all the kids and Eddie, as chief route setter, took great care to ensure that the routes were explained to each group. Eddie constantly monitored each groups ability to master the grades of difficulty.

The climbing was absolutely top class. Cork may not have had much of a tradition of climbing but the standard being set now is destined to make a mark in the future. The determination and sheer skill demonstrated by all competitors made for a highly exciting day. 

Trying to accurately document the achievements of the day is difficult without some high quality photography. We were really fortunate that climber-photographer Rich Creagh was in attendance. Who better to photograph climbers in action than another climber!  

Take a look at the photo collection Rich put together over on flickr. It is stunning!

No CYCC event would be complete without Dave Flynn cooking up something special. The team headed to Dave's BurgerShack on South Main Street where he cooked up a set of great pizzas and burgers for the hungry climbers. The special CYCC pizza went down a treat!