Ed Hamer wins Silver at Euro Youth Cup

Misja Pec in the full sun - climbers in the centre, 207 kb
Misja Pec in the full sun - climbers in the centre
© Ed Hamer
Young British climber Ed Hamer has just returned from a successful trip to Slovenia to compete in his last ever youth competition, his first ever senior competition and also spend some time on the classic sport climbing venue of Misja Pec.

UKC caught up with Ed to find out how he got on:

"I have just spent the last 10 days in Slovenia with my good friend Luke Tilley. We both arrived on the 17th November into Ljubljana and competed in the Senior World Championships at Kranj that weekend!

It was my first senior competition and, as my last Junior comp was to be at the end of the week, it seemed a perfect opportunity to dip my toe in the Seniors and see how I fared. After completing the two qualifiers which felt very do-able, I missed the semi-finals by 4 places, which was a cool way to start! I know that it is possible to get some good results next year for the GB climbing team in the Seniors."

Following on from that competition, Ed travelled to Misja Pec and climbed two 8b+ routes very quickly:

"After competing on Saturday, we then had an amazing day trip to Misja Pec which is a superb limestone sport climbing area near the coast. We met up with Gasper who is a good friend from the Slovenian climbing team who gave us a lift. I started the day by warming up on a tricky 7b+ Hugolina, and then climbed a cool 8a+ 2nd try called Sonce v oceh. I finished the day by sending Marjetica 8b+ 2nd go which was really cool. The crag has all types of climbs from long pumpy, tufa routes to short bouldery, powerful climbs.

We all then headed back to watch the finals of the Senior comp in Kranj that evening. The next few days consisted of training at some of the boulder gyms in Skofja Loka which are great training venues. On the Thursday myself and Franz (member of the Swiss team) found a lift again to Misja Pec. When we arrived the weather was amazing, enabling us to both warm up on a great 7b+ called Figa and then onsighting a brilliant 7c+ called Pingvin. My aim was to try and send Missing Link 8b+. After working out the moves I managed to send it 2nd attempt. This was a fantastic day and thanks to Franz for the support."

Ed finishes off Carte Blanche in the evening light, 157 kb
Ed finishes off the classic 8a+ of Carte Blanche at Ceuse, France on his summer trip from 2011 © Dirk Smith

Ed Hamer on the podium at the EYC 2011, 58 kb
Ed Hamer on the podium at the EYC 2011
© Ed Hamer COllection
Kranj European Youth Cup - Junior Competition

"After spending a whole day at Misja Pec we had to head back to Kranj to meet up with the rest of our Junior team members who flew out that evening. We all had a good rest day on Friday sauntering around Kranj, which is a beautiful town, and then competed in the last  European Youth Cup of the season. This was also my last junior European cup so it had to be a good one!!

I felt very good on the qualification routes which put me in 3rd place through to the final. I then came out on the Sunday feeling psyched and managed to bag Silver Medal. This was my highest placement ever in a European Competition. I have now ended the season with a 2nd place World ranking and 4th in European ranking. It has been a great 4 years in the junior climbing team and I'd like to thank so many people for the encouragement and support throughout those years but particularly Ian Dunn and John Elison who are outstanding team leaders and have played a key role in my success this year.

I am so keen to get started with the Seniors next year and the British Bouldering team but hope also to continue in supporting the Junior team through coaching, and competition preparation.  I am back in the UK now till Christmas hoping to get some cool trad routes done and training hard over the winter months."

Thanks for talking to us Ed. Good luck with the competition scene next year!

Ed Hamer is sponsored by: Moon Climbing, Beal, Wild Country, Red Chili.

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