VIDEO: Legends-Only Climbing Competition
McColl beats out other climbing greats to take the title
A legends only bouldering competition in Stockholm, Sweden brought together climbing greats Adam Ondra, Sean McColl, Paul Robinson, Dmitry Sharafutdinov, and Andy Gullsten.
La Sportiva put on the event at the Klättercentret climbing gym. The unique format of the competition allowed the athletes to collectively project five boulder problems for a day before the competition began. This allowed route setters to create more difficult problems than at many other competitions, where athletes climb routes they have never seen before.
The problems were graded V13 or V14. To compare, in an average World Cup bouldering competition, problems are not normally more difficult than V11 or V12.
McColl and Sharafutdinov had the best showings, with both of the men completing four of the five boulder problems. McColl took first place after he finished the last problem in less tries than Sharafutdinov.
The final results of the competition were as follows:
1. Sean McColl (Canada)
2. Dmitry Sharafutdinov (Russia)
3. Jakob Schubert (Austria)
4. Guillaume Glairon-Mondet (France)
5. Adam Ondra (Czech Republic)
The La Sportiva Legends Only competition for female climbers will take place in April 2013.