This January the renowned ice-climbing competitions will draw athletes and fans from all over the world. This year, the organisers are again expecting over 100 professional climbers to compete in the Lead and Speed disciplines. The athletes will travel from all over Europe, as well as from Azerbaijan, Iran and Korea. Also expected are lots of Russian climbers, who always dominate the Speed events and who regularly achieve top rankings in the Lead events, too. As an Ice Climbing World Cup event is taking place in France for the first time this season (February, Champagny en Vanoise), we will probably see a greater number of French athletes getting involved in the sport, too. Participants from a total of over 20 countries are expected to show off their skills on the 40-metre-high ice wall located deep in Saas-Fee’s multi-storey car park.
After last year’s changeover in the Swiss ice climbing scene, when young talent like Aufdenblatten, Feller and co. slipped in to take the places of the old guard leaving the scene, it will be interesting to see how the Swiss fare among this year’s strong and diverse field of competitors.
The organisers have found a great solution for all those who are not able to travel to the heart of the action in 2012. They can follow all the exciting ice climbing action in Saas-Fee’s multi-storey car park via a live video stream. The link to the live stream will only be active during the events and is posted on the official Ice Climbing World Cup website.
Program for the next days:
- 18.01.: Ice Night-Time Ski-Touring Race (Swiss Cup), Saas-Fee
- 20.01.: Bächli Ice Climbing World Cup, European & Swiss Masters, Saas-Fee Ice Climbing Party
- 21.01.: Bächli Ice Climbing World Cup, European & Swiss Masters, Saas-Fee
Ice Climbing Party