|Opening ceremony - amazing!|
|The structure - not too steep but still tricky!|
|Ice sledding - AKA a way to break the climbers!|
|Some interesting food choices in Korea but tasty.|
We even managed a bit of training at a climbing gym in Seoul before we came home, so hopefully not de-training too much.
Less than a week later and with a stopover of around 12hours at home it was on to Busteni in Romania. A bigger team this time with Harry and I being joined by Stevie and Anna - Anna's first world cup and she has an injury at the moment and was only climbing with agreement from her physio that she would just do the one comp. Would you believe she qualified for the sam-final - what a great start to a World Cup career!!
I had a frustrating qualification getting to within a move of topping out the route, which is what was required to go through - even more frustratingly I'd climbed fast enough to be almost a minute ahead of the person who did go through in the 9th spot - ARGH!! So whilst happier with my performance than in Korea - annoyed with myself for blowing it so close.
Was great to have a team out in Romania and we all hung out together and even had a day at a local crag on the sunday. The local climbers had been super keen for us to visit the crag and get on their project, which we duly did and I managed to send it too - I called it "Grandad" after the guy who sent us to the crag as this is his nickname and it seemed appropriate!
|Nearing the top of the qualifier - i.e. the long quickdraw just to the right with a blue hold.|
|Team GB -Romania|
|Harry on what became Grandad|
|Enjoying watching the finals|
The best thing about the Romanian comp was the men's result - the top 2 places were predictable with Maxim Tomilov and HeeYong Park, but the last spot on the podium went to the elder statesman of the Ice World Cups Sergey Tarasov at the grand age of 47 he took his first podium position - there's hope for me yet!