If you missed your chance to see the first Psicobloc deep water soloing event in North America last year in Park City, Utah, you’re in for a treat. The 2nd Annual CLIF Bar Psicobloc Master Series will be returning to Park City next month, August 6-8, 2014.
Once again, some of the world’s top professional climbers will converge at the Utah Olympic Park in the freestyle training pool to compete in Psicobloc (Spanish for ‘crazy bouldering’) and it will be in cooperation with the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market as it will be in town August 6-9. The competition will feature a men’s and women’s division and will be in the style of a ‘duel’ where they will race head-to-head on identical routes, with the highest or first to the top advancing to the next round. With the Walltopia competition wall reaching over 50 feet above the pool and overhanging roughly 25 feet, climbers use no ropes or harnesses which makes for quite the plunge into the water below if they fall.
Over 5,000 spectators were at last year’s event and well over 50,000 viewers watched the live stream and the event re-broadcast. Jimmy Webb won the men’s final over Daniel Woods while Sasha DiGiulian barely defeated Delaney Miller for the women.
“I can’t believe it’s already time for the second Psicobloc competition at the Park City Olympic Park,” says pro climber and event organizer, Chris Sharma. “The venue is so amazing and beautiful and last year’s event was so much fun. After working out some kinks I think this year is going to be even better.”
The qualifying round will be on August 6th at 6:00 p.m. Aspiring climbers can compete for an open spot for the finals. This round will be open to spectators at no charge. On August 7-8, the placement/seeding and final round, tickets will be available to purchase at www.psicocomp.com. Both of these events also start at 6:00 p.m.
The Psicobloc competition is definitely one not to miss. It’s an edge-of-your-seat, hold-your-breath climbing competition that will have you gasping and biting your nails while hoping the climbers don’t fall off the wall after getting so high above the water. It’s exciting and a great time for everyone, and you’ll get to watch some of your favorite climbers attack this 5.14 wall and possibly get a dunk in the pool.
The wall is open for public climbing at the Utah Olympic Park and will remain open through August if you want to take your shot at deep water soloing. Call the Utah Olympic Park at 435-658-4200 for pricing.
For more information on Psicobloc, please visit www.psicocomp.com.