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Utah Olympic Park hosts Psicobloc climbing competition

PARK CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The world on rock climbing is turning its attention to Park City. Right now many of the sport's best climbers are in town for a one of kind competition, that you have to see to believe.
Psicobloc Masters Series 2013  (Brian Carlson )
Psicobloc Masters Series 2013 (Brian Carlson )
PARK CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The world on rock climbing is turning its attention to Park City. Right now many of the sport's best climbers are in town for a one of kind competition, that you have to see to believe. 

Organizers said the competition is a big deal for Utah. It's called the Psicobloc Masters Series. It's only the second of its kind in the world, and the first of it's type in the United States. It's bringing the best rock climbers in the world to Utah.  
 
The climbers may make this competition look easy, but one wrong move... and it's a long way to the bottom. 

"How intimidating is this wall?" asked Reporter Brian Carlson. 

"A lot. It's huge," said Jacienda Hunter, climber.  

"This is the first time I've ever done anything like this," said Daniel Woods, climber.  

The event is called Psicobloc, spanish for "crazy bouldering." The goal is the climb as high as you can on this 50 foot wall without getting wet. 

The Utah Olympic Park is hosting both the finals and semi-finals. It's the first time organizers have held this competition in the United States. 

"Mike Call a partner of mine had done of a lot filming at the Olympic Park in 2002 during the Winter Olympics so we knew that there was this pool here and it just seemed like it was crying out for an event," said Kevin Bradburn, Psicobloc Masters Organizer.  

"I think it just speaks great to what Utah is. I'm a huge Utah guy, I think it shows the kind of things can happen in our state," said Marc Norman, Utah Olympic Park Vice President of Sport and Venues. 

Climber Chris Sharma is recognized as one of the best in the world. He said Utah is providing rock climbing a great opportunity. 

"Just being to create an event that's going to take our sport to the next level and I really believe deep water soloing or Psicobloc is going to be the way to do that," said Chris Sharma, climber.    

Not only is Utah hosting this competition, Utah climbers are competing in it, including JC Hunter of Sandy and Isaac Caldiro of Orem.  

"It's such an honor, I can't even believe I'm here right now," said Isaac Caldiro, climber. 

So to find out what all the hype is about, Carlson laced up to see how far he could go, but he didn't last long.  

If you want to come check out the finals begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday night.

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Follow Brian Carlson on Twitter: @briancarlsontv 
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