After our last
run impact – not knowing what’s the cause of our reboots – we decided, it was to risky to go for another run. We stored away all our stuff, cleaned up and watched the end of the competition. As the sun set, they pulled down the balloon (including one climber stuck at the top) and gathered the competitors for the award ceremony.
After some introducing words in Japanese, some more Japanese, and even more Japanese, we heard speed award and everybody looked at us. We had the fastest climber (by far) and got an incredibly beautiful certificate.
The award for the climber with the highest payload-to-total-weight ratio went to a climber lifting 16 kg (rumors say it is able to lift 100 kg, but the balloon could’t handle it this time). The climber itself weights 15 kg. For the mission challenge there were three little manikins attached with magnets of different strenght. The more figures standing in their initial position after going up and down, the better. There was a draw between two teams, they both had one figure standing. The winner was the team with less deviation from the starting point.
It was an honor for us to be part of this competition. Special thanks to Jota Shimazaki, Ohno Shuichi and all the other HQ staff for always helping us and organizing the competition, aswell as our supporters at Autoliv.
Huge thanks to our sponsor Vestner, who made the whole trip possible.
We had lots of fun, learned a lot and are now continuing our japan trip.
Our final blog entry will be published in a few weeks after we are back in Germany.
In case you’re wondering: The title of the article means “winner speed award: one.third”