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Woods and Wurm Win 21st Annual Hueco Rock Rodeo



 
"DanielHouse of Doom (V14). Photo by Merrick Ales.">

Daniel Woods climbing House of Doom (V14). Photo by Merrick Ales.

The 21st Annual Hueco Rock Rodeo (HRR) once again lived up to its iconic status, with this year's event having the largest turnout in Hueco history. The Hueco Tanks State Historic Site allowed 10 extra spots in the backcountry and five extra spots on North Mountain allowing for the biggest Rock Rodeo ever, with 175 competitors and a full registration a week before comp.
The fun began on Friday night with Fat Tire beer, pre-registration, the El Paso Food Truck Circus and slideshows. Local Sam Davis mesmerized the crowd with his amazing photography, showing them a unique perspective of desert life and Hueco living, as well as sharing images from his travels. Mina Leslie-Wujastyk also spoke, sharing a video and her insight on self-efficacy of climbing—some great advice before a comp. Dave Graham sped down from Colorado to show us the first cut of footage from his film project The Island 2.

A heat wave blew into El Paso, Texas, prior to the Hueco Rock Rodeo and the conditions went from good to bad quickly as the weather changed from a pleasant 50 degrees into the high 70’s and on Saturday, February 15, during the competition it was up to 80 degress. However, the athletes and guides braved it out on the rocks on this incredibly hot day and gave it their all.

Jimmy Webb sticks the move on <em />Scream</em> (V11). Photo by Merrick Ales.

Jimmy Webb sticks the move on Scream (V11). Photo by Merrick Ales.

The top six hardest boulder problems completed by a competitor is what the judges were looking for to determine a winner for the 21st Annual Hueco Rock Rodeo, and in the end, it was Daniel Woods who took first place in the men's open category. In a few hours, Woods climbed 50 Shades of Red (V12) for 1290 points, House of Doom (V14) for 1450 points, Crown Royal (V13) for 1330 points, Sugar Ray (V13)—a project listed on the problem list but done earlier in the day by Jimmy Webb who got the first ascent—for 1600 points (points were so high because it was undone), The Ugh (V11) for 1150 points, Indisposed Heroes (V12) for 1295 and Scream (V11) for 1150 points. Woods' top six boulders were tallied, giving him a total of 8115 points, and 86 V-points overall.

Jimmy Webb came in second by climbing 50 Shades of Red, the first ascent of the Coeur de Leon project (climbing Coeur de Leon into Troglodyte) now named Sugar Ray (V13) by Webb, The Ugh, The Scream, High Scream (V10) for 1050 points, Windy Ass (V9) for 980 points, and Windy Ass low match start (V10) for 1095 points. Webb’s top six problems added up to 7580 points, putting him in second place in points, even though he actually finished with more V points than Woods with 88.

The men's winners of the Hueco Rock Rodeo. Woods, Webb and McColl. Photo by <a target=Merrick Ales.">

The men's winners of the Hueco Rock Rodeo. Woods, Webb and McColl. Photo by Merrick Ales.

Sean McColl came in third with 7420 points for his top six problems, and for the day he climbed an impressive 83 V-points. McColl's problems were, Better Build your Woodies (V11) for 1140 points, Crown Royal and Flamignon (in one go) both V13 for 1340 points, Flame V11 for 1120 points, Thrilla in Manilla (V12)—the James Litz right exit of Rumble in the Jungle—for 1280 points, Chupacabra Right (V11) for 1130 and the Full Monty (V12) for 1200 points. Paul Robinson came in fourth—his top six problems giving him 7210 points, just 210 points behind McColl with 50 Shades of Red, Nagual (V13), Better Build Your Woodies, High Scream, Scream, The Flame and Full Monty climbing 80 V-points for the day.

Jule Wurm climbing to a first place finish. Photo by <a target=Merrick Ales.">

Jule Wurm climbing to a first place finish. Photo by Merrick Ales.

In the ladie's open category the women ripped it up as well. Jule Wurm from Germany took first place with her top six problems adding up to 6100 points of climbing and a very impressive 83-V points for the day! Wurm climbed Better Eat Your Wheaties (V8) for 820 points, Glass Roof (V9) for 905 points, Flower Power (V10) for 1010 points, The Egg (V8) for 820 points, Funk Moe’s Extension V9 for 990, and flashed The Hand (V10) for 1050 points and Ministry of Truth (V9) for 940 points as well as Doggie Jump for 990 points. She finished up on The Flame sending the V11 in just two goes!

The women's winners. Williams, Wurm and Leslie-Wujastyk. Photo by <a target=Merrick Ales.">

The women's winners. Williams, Wurm and Leslie-Wujastyk. Photo by Merrick Ales.

Mina Leslie-Wujastyk of Britain kept up with Wurm until the end. The ladies climbed with each other all day, sharing beta and encouragement. They climbed all of the same problems until the end of the day where Leslie-Wujastyk did The Flame from one move in and then was too knackered (as she would say) to send. Leslie-Wujastyk took second with 5715 points climbing 64 V-points. Leslie-Wujastyk climbed all of her climbs first go except Ministry of Truth, which went on the second go. Nina Willliams also had a great day of climbing, coming in third with her top six problems totaling 4430 climbing 43 V-points. Williams climbed with Wurm and Leslie-Wujastyk for most of the day, sending The Hand, Wheaties, The Egg, Ministry of Truth and Mr. Serious (V8) for 800 points. Jill Waters came in fourth with 3460 and 33 V-points for the day by climbing Mr. Serious, Uncut Funk, Funk Moe’s Extension and The Egg.

The weary climbers trickled back to the American Alpine Club’s Hueco Rock Ranch a little earlier than usual tuckered out from the heat. To greet them, the El Paso Food Truck Circus came back with four trucks and a cupcake truck and there was plenty of Fat Tire beer flowing to take the edge off the day. The HRR was on the local NBC and ABC channels Friday night helping to make it one of the largest Rodeo parties, drawing a lot of curious locals into Hueco Tanks.

As the fiery orange full moon rose over Hueco Tanks’ West Mountain, people milled about the vendor village. We had a lot of great sponsors that came out to the event including 5.10, Adidas, Organic, La Sportiva, Patagonia, Evolv, Mammut, Burl Eyewear, Send Climbing, Kinetik Climbing, Mad Rock, the Access Fund, and local El Paso dealers like the Reliance Outdoor Supplies, Fisher Brother’s Climbing, Hueco Tanks Country Store and Sessions climbing gym.

The 21st Annual Hueco Rock Rodeo party. Photo by <a target=Merrick Ales.">

The 21st Annual Hueco Rock Rodeo party. Photo by Merrick Ales.

We were proud to make a donation to Hueco Tanks State Histroic Park, The Climbers of Hueco Tanks Coalition and to the Ciudad Nueva—the local youth outreach program whose kids came out to the kids comp on Sunday.

The party continued with awards and the dyno contest, where local Oscar Gaytan won the men’s comp in a sudden death battle against Conner Love, and Victoria Gezel won for the ladies. Cletus Wilcox came from Chattanooga to DJ the Rodeo and took us into the wee early hours of Sunday as the bonfire raged.

Sunday’s breakfast began at 9:00 am with Brittany Griffith and Justin Wood cooking Nutella Crepes at the Patagonia booth. People gathered for the clinics with Daniel Woods, Sean McColl, Paul Robinson, and Nick Duttle and the kids got into high gear for the youth comp. The youth comp featured some serious climbers and also beginners out to have fun and learn about climbing. Victoria Gezel took first in the advanced youth category with 1290 points, winning a climbing training camp with team ABC in Boulder, Colorado. Marissa Mur was not too far behind with 1240 points, and won a kids climbing training camp with the Spot in Boulder. Through the Rodeo Raffle we were able to raise money to waive the entrance fee of the competitors, and make a donation of cash and products to the kids of the local El Paso youth outreach program Ciudad Nueva.

For the past three years I have helped run the Hueco Rock Rodeo, and after each event I have had the privilege of saying it was the best Hueco Rock Rodeo yet. Once again the 21st Hueco Rock Rodeo gave me the opportunity to say it was the largest and most excellent rodeo to date. Without my predecessors, sponsors and volunteers it would be impossible. Thanks everyone especially 5.10, Adidas, the AAC and HTSHP. "

Melissa Strong
Hueco Rock Rodeo Event Organizer

 

21st Hueco Rock Rodeo Results 2014

 

Open

Men                                        Points(top 6 problems to win)      Total v points climb in the day

1. Daniel Woods                                8115                                          86                               

2. James Webb                                  7589                                         88                               

3. Sean McColl                                  7420                                         83

4. Paul Robinson                               7210                                         80

5. Jan Hojer                                        7180                                         79

6. Adam Watson                               6165                                         68

 

Women

1. Jule Wurm                                     6100                                        83

2. Mina Leslie-Wujastyk                 5715                                        64

3. Nina Williams                                4430                                        43

4. Jill Waters                                      3460                                         33

5. Rachel Myers                                 2560                                        25

6. No more scores turned in

 

Advanced

Men

1. Zachery Wood                               5495

2. Wei Da Chang                               5375

3. Ben Hanna                                     5130

4. Alex McIntyre                                4270

5. Quincy Conway                             4100

6. Nathaniel Spencer                          4045

 

Women

1. Lauren Cornell

No other score cards turned in

 

Intermediate

Men

1. Brandon Quinn                             4130

2. Andrew Osnach                             3930

3. Joshua Billberry                            3825

4. David Tran                                     3690

Tie for 5th

5. Bobby Retzloff                              3315

5. Jonathan Tylka                              3315

 

Women

1. Laurel Todd                                   3100

2. Ginger Franko                               690

3. Jessica Goff                                     640

4. Ivy Todd                                         540

5. Mitch Taylor                                  370

 

 

Recreational

Men    most climbs not points

1. Carlos Flores                                 39 problems!

2. Joseph McDaniel

3. Matthews Black

4. Seah Dacus

5. Jarson Carlson

6. Alex Guppy

 

Women

1. Amanda Anderson                                    47 problems!

2. Kassandra Maillard

3. Hannah Rapp

4. Yvette Ontiveros

5. Elizabeth Vera

6. Angela Schvegraf

 

 

Masters

1. Ty Foose                                        3360

2. Sean May                                       1230

 

Youth

Advance

1. Victoria Gezel                               1290

2. Marissa Mur                                  1240

 

Intermediate

1. Esteban Porras                              190                 

Tied for 2nd

2. Edwin Quezada                              30

2. Allen Loeva                                    30

3. Ivan Loera                                     great effort

Beginner

1. Jesus Arroyo                                  50

2. Steva Munoz                                 25

Tied for 3rd

3. Sophia                                            10

3. Jackie                                              10

3. Marshall McDonald                     10