World Cup comes to Sheff…
So, take a monster (red) marquee, build a monster bouldering wall and some awesome tricksome problems, put some monster-strong and athletic climbers in there, mix in some great tunes, throw in one of the best MCs in the business, add a whiff of kudos, a wad of dosh, a world cup and hey presto, wadda you get – yeah, the monster bouldering comp that is the IFSC Bouldering World Cup Championship. And yes, I’ll be down there in the thick of it in Millhouse’s park getting fully involved and shooting it for UKClimbing.
The action gets underway on Saturday with the open competition where the free-for-all round is open to all-comers. Sunday morning will involve an early start for the lucky semi-finalists and then to close-out the comp the finals will be late Sunday afternoon. Word on the street is that there’s some real power-houses coming over for the comp as well; it promises to be a cracker. In between all that, there’s the two-day dyno competition as well where the tall, the gifted and the winged warrior leap diagonally ridiculous distances across an overhanging wall. It is truly mental the distances these guys jump...
Cliffhanger, now a seeming firm fixture on Sheffield’s sporting event calendar, is more though than ‘just’ the bouldering/dyno comp as there’s loads of try-me events on offer as well as demos and a retail park. For more on Cliffhanger click through http://www.cliff-hanger.co.uk/
As I said earlier, I’ll be there shooting for UKClimbing so expect a report and photo gallery on-line on this website and UKClimbing.com after the event. Meanwhile, here’s a few snaps from previous events to whet your appetite...
Adam Ondra – you heard of him? - winning the 2010 men’s comp...
Alex Johnson hanging out during the 2010 women’s comp…
Steward Watson, the highest placed British men in 2010…
Mina Wujastyk pulled highest place for Brit women in 2010
Dynomaster, Skyler Weeks, winner of the 2010 men’s dyno competition...