"Ice on Steel" - 1.Alpen-Eisklettercup
Below: Othmar fighting the final route in Fieberbrunn
Solčava was a place that hosted the 1st SLO championship on 26.and 27.1.2002!
See how it was 27.and 28.1.2001...
and how it was on January 2000!
Bohinj race Slovenija
Schedule for the winter 2001/2002 events:
World cup events:
Non World cup events:
Solcava Ice Extreme 2002 Slovenija
Last year the ice climbing competitions were organized as the WORLD-CUP with same rules and ranking. A year later it is already obvious that the World Cup attracted many excellent climbers from all over the world, but also opened some problems that will have to be solved this season. New rules (especially the no leashes one) caused a lot of anger and long discussions even before the World cup started. During the competitions many climbers were complaining because of "crossing the "lines" that caused many disqualifications, sometimes in a very doubtful situation. Of course the rules would have to be respected, but from both sides. There was also a problem of security on the events as the competitors were not insured and in a case of an injury they had to pay for the medical care. I think medical care free of charge should always be there and not many kilometrs away.
You can find more information about the World Cup on the web site ICE-TIME.
Ice climbing competitions have quite a long history - the first in Europe was in Courchevel, followed by the one in Bohinj, Slovenija in 1993 and many in Russia. Last year, a major step forward has been done by organizing the Ice Climbing World Cup. The event for the ice climbing world cup is difficulty, while speed races still exist as fun races and races out of the cup.
First boulder competition was held in 1999 above Cortina