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==Morning of the 12 (Thursday Morning)==
==Morning of the 12 (Thursday Morning)==
==Climbing the 12 (Thursday)==
==Climbing the 12 (Thursday)==
Revision as of 12:14, 9 March 2017
- 1 Before Arrival (Week before Hell)
- 2 Night Before the 12 (Wednesday Night)
- 3 Morning of the 12 (Thursday Morning)
- 4 Climbing the 12 (Thursday)
- 5 Night of the 12 and before the 24 (Thursday Night)
- 6 Morning of the 24 (Friday Morning)
- 7 Climbing the 24 (Friday Morning to Saturday Morning)
- 8 Immediately after the 24 (Saturday Morning)
- 9 Dinner/Awards/Party (Saturday Night)
- 10 Last Breakfast (Sunday Morning)
Before Arrival (Week before Hell)
Show Up Early
Best beta ever, especially for first-timers: take the entire week off and show up as early as possible. Every year after my first one I’ve arrived on the Saturday or Sunday before the competition starts. You can acclimate and get used to the lifestyle. You can help the vendors set up their tents. You can climb routes and talk strategy with your partner. You can give Barry a massage. Work with the community!
It’s worth mentioning that science says that by avoiding orgasm for 5-7 days causes a doubling of testosterone. This will maximize endurance, aggression, and athletic ability. Just saying. It’s worked wonders for the last few years, despite the annoyance. (It works for ladies, too…)
But really, walk through the different walls and explore the different areas. Check out some of your favorite climbs and test out some of the harder ones you think you might get on. Don’t go for endurance training, but it’s nice to stretch out each day and get used to the rock beforehand. Decide here where you’re going to place your stash. Learn where the sun will be at different times of day and get used to the altitude. Basically, acclimate.
Go climb/test some of the traditional routes and decide what you want to get on. Decide on what protection to bring during this period, and only bring that during the comp. You don’t need a full rack, and you can always learn what to take beforehand!
Go visit the Ozark Café in Jasper, because it’s a local landmark and tastes damn good. Get the Chicken Crispers and don’t laugh until you try them; get the curly fries. You’ll understand. Oh, and if you can eat a double-patty Excalaburger, you’ll earn eternal respect from me.
Also, go ask the staff for the carabiners for the competition. They look like this:
The point is that every climb 5.10 and under gets a pair of non-locking carabiners at the top. Someone has to go place them, so what the staff and volunteers and climbers do is pre-place pairs of them on the first bolt of each route. If you want to be a huge help to the staff and volunteers, go up with them when they place them and help them out. I do this during every year and this year we helped place roughly of them 150 up at the North Forty. Be that guy. Isn’t it nice to get to the top of a route and find that you don’t have to clean it? Yeah, that happens because of THIS.
Start organizing your gear and purchase your required food supplies. Ensure you have everything. Lay it on the ground and take sexy photos of it all for your Instagram/snapchat/masturbation/Facebook later. No you don’t need to be in those photos, but photos of you being sexy surrounded by 24HHH preparation gear is pretty awesome. You’re going to want to ensure you have all of your climbing gear, food, liquids, and other essentials ready before Wednesday night (for 12 or 36) or Thursday night (for the 24). You don’t want to be up late organizing gear and losing sleep because you’re packing your bag and killing yourself.
Lastly, DRINK FUCKING LIQUIDS. If you aren’t peeing every 30 minutes and it’s not coming out clear each time, you’re not drinking enough liquids. We were averaging up to 2 gallons each, each day leading up to the competition.
Night Before the 12 (Wednesday Night)
So you’re doing the 12 or 36. That’s awesome! I’ll see you here at the packet pickup! It happens sometime in the afternoon/evening and is usually really chill. The crowd is small but people have a lot of fun and talk. Long-time hell friends re-meet. I don’t remember, but you might even be able to get a free cup of beer. Orgies spontaneously occur. Okay, maybe not that last one.
The packet/swag pickup happens at a table sitting outside the trading post in the middle of the canyon. Basically, you’re going to receive your t-shirt for the year, and a bunch of other random swag. One year we got small backpacks. This year we got little go-bags which are really expensive at REI. In the last few years we’ve also received carabiners with the 24HHH logo on them. Special!
You’ll also receive your folding plate and camping spork and metal 24HHH camping cup. Remember that sustainability initiative I mentioned earlier? Yeah, you’re going to use them! There’s the spaghetti dinner, the hotdog dinner, and the pancake breakfast. They don’t give you anything to eat this with, so if you show up to receive food and drink ever and you didn’t bring your gear, you’re fucked. Also, they love to hand out beer at this thing, so you’ll need that metal cup. This year they served 27 kegs of local beer. Let that sink in.
If you’re signed up for the 24 too, you should pick up your 24 swag as well. Yes, if you do both competitions (12 and 24 == 36!!), you get double the swag!
If you’re climbing the 12 or 36, take your stashes up to the stash locations you’ve picked out (you scouted them earlier, right?). That way, it's there before the competition starts. Especially for the 36, you’re not going to enjoy lugging up your stash for the 24 AFTER the 12, right? Take it all up there once for both comps.
After packet pickup you need to be sleeping. Eat a hearty dinner and crash as early as you can, you’re going to need it. If you haven’t already packed your gear, then you made a huge tactical/logistical mistake. Good luck!
Morning of the 12 (Thursday Morning)
Eat and Prepare
This competition starts at 7:30 now. You need to be present at 6:30 for roll-call. If you couldn’t arrive before Wednesday morning, you are able to pick up your packets and sign-in during this time as well. If you aren’t present for roll-call, your score isn’t counted and you are disqualified. All of this occurs, for the 12, at the cement pavilion up above the western campground and behind the bathrooms. If you end up at the trading post, there will be someone there who can point you in the correct direction.
You should arrive in-costume, wearing your harness, draws clipped to you, roped tied, and be taping your fingers during roll call. Also, enjoy the names of the teams, the more humorous the better!
Some people take their rope/shoes/packs of food up to the wall before the competition starts and leave it at the place they’re going to start. This means that when the competition starts, they immediately run up to the wall without having to carry everything on their back simultaneously.
Personally, I’ve always just carried my pack up for the 12. Normally it’s fairly light and there aren’t huge crowds during the 12, so you can stroll up and be just fine. Plus, going up to the walls at 6 AM and scouting routes in the dark is a total pain in the ass, since sunrise is at 7:30 AM.