Sasha DiGiulian keeps her focus on the final’s sport route.
It was an exciting and jam packed day at Central Rock Gym Watertown yesterday as the ladies took over in every way, from planning, setting, and facilitating to bouldering, AND as a surprise twist in the finals: sport-climbing. That’s right, in addition to the two finals boulder problems, these ladies had to conserve their energy to finish off the night with a long overhanging sport climb! In the packed yet supportive competition, pro and non-pro climbers competed alongside one another to claim a winning place in the citizen’s comp, or attempt to qualify for the finals. The Heist succeeded in its attempt to create a truly unique culture that emphasized and empowered female strength and community. Results were extremely close going into finals and remained tight throughout as competitors had to strategize around saving their energy on the especially difficult 2nd problem (no one sent!) and having enough gas left to on-site the steep final route that came in around 5.13a. Midway through it looked as if Angie Payne, Kyra Condie, or Delaney Miller could make a run at first place. In fact, at the end of the two final’s boulder problems, the ordering went from first to last: Angie, Sasha, Kyra, Meagan Martin, Delaney, Francesca Metcalf. Despite Delaney’s beautiful and delicate route climbing skills (she and Sasha were the only two to complete the route, although Kyra came close), in the end, Sasha DiGiulian proved her prowess as the best all-around dynamic climber of the bunch. Look for our interviews with the pros and some of the young gun competitors later in the week, but for now…the results:
1st: Sasha DiGiulian
2nd: Delaney Miller
3rd: Angie Payne
4th: Kyra Condie
5th: Francesca Metcalf
6th: Meagan Martin
Angie Payne making a go for it on the final’s route.
A snapshot from the redpoint round of some of the 156 females who competed in The Heist.
Excellent work to everyone who competed yesterday! Climb on! ~Cate