First Canadian Psicobloc Comp This Weekend

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July 1, 2015 - A new deep-water soloing, or psicobloc, competition will be held in Quebec from July 3 to 5. Fifty climbers will compete for $4,000 in prize money at the Chewpod Extrême Bloc 2015 competition, held on a 10-meter wall, split by a big roof, overhanging a deep pool.

The Canadian comp was created by François Guy Thivierge, owner of the Roc Gyms climbing facility in Quebec City. It is modeled on the Psicocomp in Park City, Utah, which will be held for the third year in a row this August 6–7.

As in Park City, the Quebec competition will take place above the four-meter-deep pool of an aerial skiing training facility, in this case at Lac-Beauport, just north of Quebec City, at the base of the Le Relais ski resort. After a qualifying round, climbers will go head to head in elimination-style competiton. The public will be able to try out the wall on July 3.

Climbers in Utah also can get their feet wet with psicobloc this summer, as the wall in Park City will be open to the public from July 3 to September 7 (except for the competition weekend). A day pass ($20 adults, $15 kids 7–12) will let you pump out—and scare yourself silly—on the 17-meter wall.