Touchstone Rope Series 5: Sacramento Pipeworks
On January 21, 2011 the first Touchstone Rope Series 5 comps headed to Sacramento Pipeworks. The comp was a huge success. Over 225 competitors, nearly double the number of the previous rope comp at Pipeworks, pulled down on the steep gym routes. The majority of the climbers were local but 40 climbers came from the other Touchstone gyms and 40 more were non-Touchstone members.
Rico’s pizza brought 26” pizzas to the comp. These over-sized pies fed 10 people each and were some of the largest people had ever seen. Brew It Up, a Sacramento brewery provided a keg of Czech pilsner to compliment the pie. There was a ton of great food for everyone there.
The setters established a slew of new routes at Pipeworks for the comp. “The routes in the higher difficulty level were set with a bit of thinking required. It was obvious the route setters put in some extra time to make the routes interesting,” said Great Western Power Company manager Hans Florine, who placed first at the comp. Florine noted that not were the harder routes difficult and interesting but there were lots of new routes in general. “I was psyched to see that there was even a low angle 5.10 set. Variety abounded.”
Not only were there lots of eating and climbing but there were also potato sack races! The next TRS5 comp will be at Great Western Power Company on Feb. 18th. Head over to the Oakland and check it out!