The Psicobloc Masters Series is back at Utah Olympic Park USA for 2016!
Finuco Martinez is the founder of the competitions which were originally held over a tidal river in the centre of Bilbao, Spain in 2011. In August of 2013, the Psicobloc team brought the competition to Utah USA Olympic Park. Also originally inspired by Chris Sharma who contributed to popularise the sport with his solo ascent of El Pontas in Mallorca, the Psicobloc Masters Series will take place on a 50 foot high artificial wall, built over a ski jump training pool in the Utah Olympic Park.
All competitors are competing for a cash prize and are required to climb up to the US grade of 5.12+ for females and 5.13+ for males at the finals. It was deep water soloing in Mallorca that inspired Chris Sharma for the competition, taking it to a bigger audience with the intention to show climbing to the world.
The pool was originally built for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and is now used as a training facility for freestyle aerial ski jumpers to practice their soft landings with the safety of the water. The pool contains 750,000 gallons of water and is usually ‘bubbled’ to soften the impact of landing.
The top four fastest competitors from each gender in the Qualifier will pass through to the “seeding” or practice round with the invited climbers at the Olympic Park pool the next night on 5th August. All participants of the Seeding round will have a guaranteed place in the Psicobloc Finals, Friday 5th August at the Olympic Park pool.
If you cannot make the event then you can watch the live web stream by Louder Than 11!
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3rd August 2016 - Qualification rounds
4th August - Seeding rounds - 7pm 10pm MDT (Mountain Daylight Time)
5th August - Finals - 7-10pm MDT
The 2016 Athletes are: