Last weekend in Park City, Utah, some of the best climbers in the world competed in an event unlike anything else in the sport.
The Psicobloc Masters Series was the first major deep-water soloing competition held in the U.S. Climbers competed head-to-head on identical routes up a 50-foot wall, no ropes or harnesses, just a massive swimming pool below to catch their fall.
I watched from the sidelines with 3,000+ spectators as the top names in the sport reached and climbed high overhead, often slipping to fall and splash into the deep water below.
Here’s a look at the event, likely the most spectator-friendly climbing comp ever held on American soil. —Amy Oberbroeckling
—Photos by Mike Hill, courtesy of Prana.