Rock and competition climber

European Youth Cup in Stavanger(NORWAY)

Norway’s first international climbing competition and my last youth comp. My days as a youth climber is now over. I guess I’m officially a youth until the year is over, but I won’t compete in any more youth comps so this one was my last. Ever.

The three training sessions I had between Red River Gorge and the competition on Saturday was hard and frustrating. I find the transition from rock to plastic hard, and even if I was prepared for it, the few sessions I had before the comp was hard. BUT I managed to pull it together, compete and have a lot of fun in Stavanger.

All in all I’m happy with what I performed on the three routes I climbed, but I’m not too happy about my performance in the final. I climbed very well, but I made a mistake which made me fall. It wasn’t a big one, like in Canada, but it’s still the reason of why I fell. I finished 2nd which is a good result, and I’m happy to have performed this well on my last youth comp and in front of the Norwegian crowd.

Norway hosted their first international climbing competition this weekend in Stavanger, one of the nicest cities in the country, and this competition also happened to be my last youth comp. I started competing internationally in 2008, and it has been one long and fantastic journey. I’ve visited so many different gyms, cities and countries, I’ve met a lot of amazing people and made friends all over the world. I have no words for how grateful I am to all the people that made my youth journey possible and as fantastic as it was. My climbing has progressed enormously through those years, but so has my head, personality and priorities. I am now a professional competition climber and that would never ever have been possible if it wasn’t for all the youth competitions I’ve participated in. I would like to say a big THANK YOU to the Norwegian Climbing Federation for believing in me and supporting me throughout those years. Especially in the beginning when it all started. And what better end is there to finish my journey with representing my country in front of my own people!? I had a blast competing in Stavanger!

a HUGE congrats to Jakob for his first win!!!! Photo: Ole Karsten Birkeland

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