• Climbing competitions
    Climbing competitions A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls that resemble natural rock formations. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls that resemble natural rock formations. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Climbing competitions
    Climbing competitions A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls that resemble natural rock formations. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Climbing competitions
    Climbing competitions A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls that resemble natural rock formations. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Climbing competitions
    Climbing competitions A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Climbing competitions
    Climbing competitions A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Climbing competition
    Climbing competition A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
  • Competition climbing
    Competition climbing A formal, competitive sport of recent origins, nowadays mostly practiced on artificial walls. Organised competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40's, when speed events were organised. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80's. In 1985 the Sportroccia" took place in Bardonecchia, Italy, - the first official difficulty contest ever. The success was repeated the following year in Arco won by French superstar Patrick Edlinger and his compatriot Catherine Destivelle. More than 10,000 people attended the finals; seven European televisions plus many media operators were present. In the same year, 1986, the French organised the first indoor event, opening the way for the future. In 1991, the 1st World Championship was organised in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that, from then on, happens every two years. In the year 1998 the new discipline of bouldering was officially introduced. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the official organization governing competition climbing worldwide. Competition Climbing has three major disciplines: Lead, Bouldering and Speed.
Samstag, 17 November 2012 10:53

R.I.P. Patrick Edlinger

If you started climbing in the early eighties, there were only a couple heros to choose from and among those outstanding climbers, Patrick Edlinger was not only the most glamerous, he was also the one "who had it all". Some of the most inspiring imagery of that time showed Patrick Edlinger soloing barefoot in the Verdon and Buoux or repeating everything in the western US in unheard-of good style. He single-handingly developed the Verdon and Ceüse (!!!) and, just when everybody thought he was just a poser (some of his film were rather "french" ;-) - he won all the important competitions! Among them was Munich 1989, the pic below shows him on the final route.

Patrick Edlinger winning Munich, 1989

In 2006 he moved to La Palud to be close to his beloved Verdon Gorge where I shot the pic of Patrick and his kid in 2005. He became only 52 and will be always remembered for one of the characters who shaped modern climbing forever!

Patrick Edlinger with his kid, Verdon 2005

Somebody already uploaded my video comparision of Patrick Edlinger and Wolfgang Güllich in Munich 1989 in bad quality (after the break) but I will re-upload it in better quality as well as other footage we have of Patrick...

 

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