Angie Payne (left) and Emily Harrington jump from the top together in Finals. Harrington beat Payne to the top and advanced to the next round, climbing against the eventual event winner Michaela Kiersch.
Jan Hojer (left) snags overall victory by a hand length against young-gun Nathaniel Coleman. Coleman went all out and dynoed for the top, but came short and fell to the watery depths below for an epic end to this year's championship round.
2016 Psicobloc Masters Deep Water Soloing Competition
All photos by Steve Rokks. To see more of his work, visit his website steverokks.com and follow him on Instagram @steverokks.
Psicobloc Mastersin Park City, Utah is likely the most watched climbing competition
of the year. With big names such as Chris Sharma, Jan Hojer, Nina Williams, Emily Harrington and Alex Johnson—to name a handful—racing
side-by-side, free-solo, on a towering 55-foot wall above water, it's no wonder why it's a crowd favorite.
This year, for the 4th annual Psicobloc Masters deep water soloing competition, 12 male and 12 female "Masters" from around the world, joined by an additional
four male and four female climbers who made the cut in qualifiers, put their skills to the test. The competition requires not only pure strength, but
also speed and boldness above the bubbling Olympic Park aerial ski training pool.
In finals, competitors are paired based on their performance (time or highpoint) from the seeding round the day before. They climb identical routes, side-by-side.
If both competitors make it to the top, the faster climber moves on to the next round while the other is eliminated. If one or both climbers fall,
whoever makes it the highest will continue to the next round.
On August 4, 2016, after four finals rounds, Jan Hojer and Michael Kiersch knocked out all other competitors to claim victories.
These photos, taken by Steve Rokks, highlight the evening's action.