One week, about 30 submissions, a couple of onesies and a dinosaur: with those and more, we now have the winners of our Dress for Success Challenge! Calluses were likely ripped, there were multiple takes and pumped arms, banana costumes, props, even crafty toe hooks on house beams. The creativity and effort from all contestants was impressive, but four people rose above the rest to win the swag.
Meet Our Winners:
For Style: Rachel Rojas
Rojas grew up in a small town in Idaho and found climbing 10 years ago. “I love climbing in all seasons,” she says. Her favorite local spots are the Sawtooths and City of Rocks. We were especially jealous of her dino costume, and the ice tools were a nice touch.
Speed 1st place: Anna Soligo
Soligo is currently a student in London. She’s been climbing for four years and has even tried her hand at bolting. “I’m currently training for a big wall trip to Madagascar in (hopefully!) September,” she says. Her training routine has included learning the guitar and practicing getting dressed with a bit of exposure. Soligo’s time was 9.5 seconds.
Speed 2nd place: George Gunn
Gunn is also a university student from the UK. He’s been climbing for about a year and is looking forward to getting outside again once it is safe to do so. For his entry, he says he tried several different T-shirts and founds socks were a must for smoother trouser application. His time was 10.8 seconds.
A la Muerte Award: Daniel Freed
Freed has only been climbing for eight months, but he’s already sent several V8s and 5.12s. “I try hard at everything I do but have never had a sport that has shown the work I put into it as much as climbing,” says Freed. We agreed, which is why we offered him our impromptu a la muerte award! His initial entry was 18 seconds, second was 14 and finals was 12.1.