The 2nd annual Butte Bouldering Bash was held last weekend at the Northern Bourbons and it was a battle royale – EC vs. the Ho-Master aka David vs. Goliath. What possible chance could I have against this guy:
Most everyone started off the comp near the tents, including Ho on Dim Sum at the On-On Tea Room. He was giving good burns while it baked directly in the sun. Not looking good for EC…
I was given a glimmer of hope when I found out that the comp was best ten problems, not five. Maybe Ho wouldn’t realize it and he’d stop at five problems. I had work to do. Things started well for me, I cruised around and managed to pull off a few harder problems – Special Reserve, Alien Nation, Lateral Dyno, and the excellent new-ish problem Discus.
While walking around between problems, I would see the Ho-Master on a different project each time, most likely crushing one then moving onto the next. I was hosed, I just had to fill out my card with as many moderates as I could muster and hope that Ho wouldn’t beat me too bad. Well, we headed back and tallied the scores…
H0-Master – 9,800 points
EC – 44,000 points
No, that’s not a typo. Official, undisputed, undeniable proof that I am 4.5 times better at bouldering than Ho. Boo-yah!