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.
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
) 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.
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.
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!
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.
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. "
Hueco Rock Rodeo Event Organizer
21st Hueco Rock Rodeo Results 2014
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
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
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
1. Lauren Cornell
No other score cards turned in
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
1. Laurel Todd 3100
2. Ginger Franko 690
3. Jessica Goff 640
4. Ivy Todd 540
5. Mitch Taylor 370
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
1. Amanda Anderson 47 problems!
2. Kassandra Maillard
3. Hannah Rapp
4. Yvette Ontiveros
5. Elizabeth Vera
6. Angela Schvegraf
1. Ty Foose 3360
2. Sean May 1230
1. Victoria Gezel 1290
2. Marissa Mur 1240
1. Esteban Porras 190
Tied for 2nd
2. Edwin Quezada 30
2. Allen Loeva 30
3. Ivan Loera great effort
1. Jesus Arroyo 50
2. Steva Munoz 25
Tied for 3rd
3. Sophia 10
3. Jackie 10
3. Marshall McDonald 10