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Sunday, May 25, 2008

2 weeks away

So as the world cup quickly approaches, I am becoming more and more nervous each passing day. I am excited to compete in the comp with a ton of extremely strong competitors from all over the world. I took a look at the structure of the wall yesterday on the ifsc website and it looks like a great venue for a competition of this stature! I am also pleased to see that there is a lot more walls that are not super super steep. I have always been a fan of the slightly to a bit over hanging walls when competing in comps. But i also feel that these angles will be where the Europeans will succeed as well.

Other than continuing my training for the world cup i have been working on two forms of art, my painting and also shaping holds for Nicros. It is definitely really hard working on a 3-dimensional plane! i have definitely never tried any type of sculpture but have been having a lot of fun working out ideas for holds in this crazy foam material. I have found the best technique is to use my finger like sand paper, though it is a slow process it allows me to work out a lot of details as i shape the hold. Below are two of more recent paintings:





Other than that not too much has been going on. It has been very hot in Boulder and climbing outside unless at the high altitude areas which have tons of snow, is still very difficult. I can't wait for South Africa in just over 2 weeks, the list of boulder problems i want to do during my time there is ever increasing! I hope we get some phenomenal weather while I'm down there!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

son, you best be hooking me up with some artwork for my SLC pad once i get moved in there!

what happened to your facebook?

much love

Patrick

Kapri said...

Cool artwork. Are you selling these?

Paul said...

yea, i make them individually as people want them.