Some of the best climbers in the world gathered on Aug. 8 to compete in the second annual Psicobloc Masters Series.
This deep-water, solo climbing competition requires climbers to scale a 52-foot, mostly overhanging wall. And they have to do it without any ropes. If they fall, the only protection they have is the water below them,
Last year's competition during the Summer Market Outdoor Retailer Show was the first official deep-water, solo climbing competition in the United States.
This year's event took place at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. Claire Buhrfeind, 16, took first in the women's category, and Sean McColl won the men's.
Professional climber Chris Sharma is the mastermind behind the Psicobloc, which is Spanish for "crazy boulder."
"This has been a dream of mine for over 10 years," he said on Aug. 8.
Bracket seeding, much like the Sweet 16 portion of the NCAA tournament, happened the night before. Although there were some upsets, both No. 1 seeds ended up taking home the glass psicobloc trophy and a $30,000 purse.
Last year's route was more difficult, and only a handful of climbers were even able to complete the route before falling.
"This year's route was more streamlined," said Sharma, who also competed, and was defeated by McColl in the second round. "This year, it was more about speed."