On February 6th and 7th, 2015 we had the pleasure of sponsoring Earth Treks Golden Climbing Team Coach/Routsetter: Will Anglin and Earth Treks Golden Member/Climber Mohammad Jafari.
Both Will and Mohammad made it to Semi Finals where Will placed 17th…that’s right! In the top 20!!! Mohammad moved on to finals and on Saturday evening, after a exciting and amazing performance by all the competitors at the ABS National Championships, Mohammad was announced the overall winner in the men’s category. Alex Puccio with the Gold (in Women’s category) and Daniels Woods with the Silver (in Men’s category) won their 9th ABS Nationals Championship title. Because Mohammad is an Iranian citizen, Daniel Woods took the U.S. title.
Several of you might be asking who is Mohammad, where did he come from? How was it for Will to compete? We sat down with Will and Mohammad this morning at our Earth Treks Golden location and had a chat with these two guys to get a little insight! Check it out!
Mohammad Jafari Mahmodabadi -INTERVIEW
1. How old are you? 31
2. Where are you from? Kerman, Iran
3. When did you start climbing? I started climbing when I was 16. I spent 6 years as a professional on the Iranian National Team. When I attended University I earned my Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and was not able to climb as much. My wife and I moved to Golden in the Fall of 2014 and I was able to start climbing and training again at Earth Treks.
4. How many international competitions have you competed in? Since 2002 I’ve climbed in many international competitions and finished on the podium in more than 15 competitions counting ABS Nationals. Most were in Iran, however some were in other Asian countries.
5. How long are you in the states/What are you here for? Wife is in a PHD program, so I will be here for 5 years.
6. Regarding the ABS Nationals how did it compare to other comps you’ve been in? The rules for ABS are very different than the IFSC rules. It was difficult to know what my ranking was throughout the competition. The problems were also longer and more powerful than what I am used to from IFSC competitions.
7. What was your goal when you entered Nationals? My goal is always to win.
8. What are your future climbing plans? I like sport climbing and plan to attend the SCS Nationals, and I hope to represent Iran in the Vail World Cup.
9. How will you prepare for the World Cup in Vail? I will focus mainly on increasing my dynamic ability and power. I will also work on pinch and sloper strength.
10. Is there anything you’d like to say to the climbing community? For me, winning championships comes second. The thing that is most important to me is being able to travel and build relationships with climbers and people from all over the world.
Will Anglin - INTERVIEW
1. How old are you? 25
2. Where are you from? Golden, Colorado (previously Sykesville, Maryland
3. When did you start climbing? I started climbing when I was 13 years old as a part of the Earth Treks Climbing Team in Columbia, Maryland.
4. What is your job at Earth Treks? I’ve worked in some capacity for Earth Treks since 2005, but I work now as Head Coach for our youth teams as well as a Personal Climbing Trainer and Routesetter at our new Golden, Colorado facility.
5. What is your competition history? I competed in ABS for a few years when I was younger. Back then there was no USA Climbing and I just entered Open and had a good time. I’ve competed in a few local competitions over the years, but this is the first time I have attended ABS Nationals as a competitor.
6. What was your goal for ABS Nationals this year? Since this was my first Nationals I approached it pretty light heartedly. I honestly didn’t know I was going until a few weeks before so I didn’t necessarily train for the comp. I have been training general things like finger strength and such, but that isn’t necessarily what is being tested at these competitions. My main goal was to get a feel for this level of competition and expose myself to its different stressors. As a coach I realized it had been so long since I had competed that I was finding it hard to relate to the mental stress of the competitors on my team. I feel like participating in the event has better equipped me to coach for it next year.
7. Any future competition or climbing plans? I had such a good time at the comp, I’ll definitely be there again next year. Other than that I am focused back on my outdoor objectives. Training resumes NOW!
8. How will you prepare for ABS Nationals next year? I definitely need to work on my jumping and my power abilities. Other than that my biggest weakness is intensity. I’m too relaxed. I need to be more like Mohammad. That guy brings the intensity and tries HARD! I am fortunate to have the opportunity to keep learning from him.
9. You’ve been climbing in the gym with Mohammad since the Fall, did you expect he would win ABS Nationals? I honestly didn’t know what to expect. He is a very talented and experienced competitor and he has a focus and intensity on the wall that very few people can muster. I certainly thought he would do well, but I thought the U.S. setting style would give him more trouble than it did. The competitions in the states are very different than the international competitions, but he adjusted well. He’ll be focusing more on his power now and it won’t be too long before that is no longer a weakness. I know he will continue to be a top contender at whichever competitions he chooses to enter. Watch out for this guy!