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Robinson and Payne Dominate Hueco

Paul Robinson took first in men's and Angie Payne won first in women's at the Hueco Rock Rodeo in Hueco Tanks, Texas this past weekend.

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Photo byMerrick Ales PhotographyPaul Robinson took first in men’s and Angie Payne won first in women’s at the Hueco Rock Rodeo in Hueco Tanks, Texas this past weekend. The open competition pitted some of the world’s strongest boulderers against one another on the problems of Hueco Tanks. Each climber had from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 16 to rack up their six highest sends for the comp.

Angie Payne won first place in women’s after sending Crimping Christ on the Cross (V10), The Butterpumper (V11), and Hobbit with a Boner (V8). “Despite the name, this boulder was actually pretty nice,” Payne writes about Hobbit on her blog. “It begins with easy roof climbing over a scary, deep pit then continues out the roof with a few harder moves that lead to a lip encounter and a hard, crimpy ending.”

Nina Williams took second after sending Sunshine (V11) and The Butterpumper (V11) and Jill Church-Waters won third for sending The Butterpumper (V11) and Sam’s Problem (V8).

On the men’s side, Paul Robinson took first by climbing Blood of a Young Wolf (V14), Bastard in a Basket (V13), Phantom Limb (V12), The Tax Gatherer (V12), Cut to the Quick (V12), and Ayanami Right (V12). Sam Davis came in second by sending Neon Desert (V14), Full Throttle (V13), Phantom Limb (V12), and Cut to the Quick (V12), among others. Jimmy Webb took third with Phantom Limb (V12), Ayanami Right (V12), Power of Landjager (V11), Le Chninkel (V11), Shake n Bake (V11), and Full Service (V10).

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