The history and reputation of the germans is something that they do not live up to. On the contrary, Germans proved to be the more outgoing of the Europeans that I had been around. I felt as if I had left Europe somehow. Not only had i finally found a good gym to climb at but the people there had actually talked to me and made me feel really welcome. Don’t take me wrong; it isn’t that euros aren’t nice or friendly. To quote a European on the topic: ” we just aren’t that social or open as the climbers in America”. The gist of the culture is weaving its way through me though I am rare to admit that it is an easy process.
The comp itself was interesting. Being the last climber out, I endured and survived a very long 7 hours in iso which gave me more time to pick the lint off the couch and warm up several times. Knowing the crowd would shrink by the time i was out, there was plenty of time left to sooth out any nervousness. That said, not being nervous didn’t prevent me from making a lot of mistakes to learn from but overall I enjoyed it and left feeling that the problems were doable…I just needed to be more prepared and climb smarter… aaahhhh!