Deep Water Soloing Comes to U.S.

Utah will host first competition

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Park City will play host this summer to the U.S.'s first deep water soloing competition, a type of climbing event where athletes scale a high wall without ropes, with a pool or other body of water to catch them if they fall. Organized in part by Chris Sharma, who helped popularize the discipline with his deep-water-solo ascent of Es Pontas, a rock arch off of Mallorca, the Psicobloc Masters Series will take place on a 50-foot-high artificial wall built over an training pool in the Utah Olympic Park, with competitors squaring off for a $20,000 purse.

Sharma, who helped raise the profile of deep water soloing with his ascent of Es Pontas, a rock arch off of Mallorca, has long been a proponent of the discipline, even suggesting that it could be climbing's ticket to the Olympics. "For years we've talked about how this format will be the way of taking climbing to the mainstream," Sharma said in a press release. "I’m really excited to be bringing this new and exciting form of climbing competition to the Olympic Park in Park City and am sure this will be an unforgettable experience for everyone who attends.”

Timed to coincide with the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, the Psicobloc Masters will begin on July 28, with finals taking place on August 1.

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