Ella and B had a great time in Salt Lake City for US Climbing Nationals. In addition to hours and hours at the climbing gym, their trip included forays into the mountains and weather in the mid-80s during the day, all while we sweltered here with day after day of 100 degree weather. Not that I'm bitter. Much.
Ella climbed beyond our expectations. In the sport climbing event, she placed 17th over all out of about 36 girls in her age group. In the speed climbing, she placed 12th over all. In both events, she made it through the semi-final rounds, but not the finals.
Most importantly, though, she handled the stress of the competition like a pro and had a lot of fun on the trip. She has a long time ahead of her to worry about how she scored and where she placed. Right now, all we care is that she climbs as well as she is able and has fun doing it.
I'm having her write a "What I did on my trip" essay that I'll post, along with some of the pictures she took, when she finishes. It could take a while.
In the meantime, I'm glad to have B and Ella home safe and sound, as are Lily and Campbell.