SCARPA’s newest global athlete Sean McColl did work last week. On March 12, he took home the win against an incredibly stacked field that included Rustam Gelmanov, Jan Hojer, and Jimmy Webb at the Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) in Sheffield, England. The the technical finals problems played well into Sean’s style. “I managed to pull a couple “off-the-book” climbs,” said McColl of his comp experience. “And adventure my way through some tricky boulders to win the event.” Men’s final’s problem #3 was the real crowd pleaser, requiring insane body tension and some creativity. Watch the problem here.
From there, Sean took a spin on the famous English grit. His first time on gritstone, Sean eyed up the Blackrocks testpiece GAIA (E8 6C), a route he’s had his eye on since watching the classic climbing flick Hard Grit almost 15 years ago. How one react to climbing a route that was an inspirational part to his development as a climber? Read Sean’s blog to find out. In the mean time, here’s the send.