VIDEO: IFSC Lead World Cup in Briançon, France
The IFSC Lead Worl Cup in Briançon, France was a massive affair this past July with a crowd of thousands cheering on the international collection of competitors. The Lead World Cup in Briançon is something special every year—not just because of the beautiful old city of Briançon and its extraordinary setting in the midst of Ecrins National Park, but also because of the wonderful mood of the 10,000 spectators on Saturday evening at the Finals. This year Black Diamond Equipment was there for the first time as the main technical sponsor. Below is a video from the event, photos by Klaus del Ortho, and a report from BD athlete Markus Jung, who (along with his brother Daniel) was featured in our 2012 Rock Climbing digital catalog.
This year I started at the World Cup in Chamonix and then right away on the next weekend in Briancon. At both competitions I had to notice that at the moment I am lacking a bit in endurance, so unfortunately I did not make the semifinals and could only take part as a spectator from then on. To climb in competitions is a total contrast to climbing on rock for me. Competitions are always an enormous spectacle with many onlookers, loud music, bright lights and a tight schedule. Climbing on rock on the other side means enjoying the routes out in quiet nature in a small company. But just the contrast between competition climbing and climbing on rock is the most fun for me right now. Sometimes I'm climbing a cool route on rock without anyone noticing and sometimes I'm giving my best in a competition in front of a large audience.