Muriel Sarkany exchanged the warmth of isolation with the cold of Spanish crags. After the last round of the IFSC worldcup she left to Catalunya to discover the local climbing spots. Result: she sent Rollito Sharma, 8b+, in Santa Linya.
One day after a sad Belgian Boulder Championship for him, Nicolas Farcy left to Switzerland to take advantage of the good weather conditions. Just arrived he sent Les Feux d'Azeroth, 8A+. His 2009 ticklist is really impressive. Well done!
Sterling Rope is not really known in our country but these ropes have already built a strong reputation thanks to climbers who use them, like Chris Sharma, Muriel Sarkany or Nicolas Favresse. We welcome Sterling Rope as new Belclimb partner.
With a lot of emotions Muriel Sarkany, Marco Scolaris and Jérôme Meyer met last Thursday the President of the International Olympic Comity, Belgian Jacques Rogge. This appointement gave arguments to the growth of sport climbing.
Nicolas Favresse and Sean Villanueva are the magic pair. In February the guys climbed Free South Africa with photographer Ben Ditto. Have a look at this wonderful piece of movie. You want to become a big wall climber? Follow their lessons!
Since yesterday the gym L'Escale in Arlon added 650 m2 to its climbing area. With this new bouldering zone the gym feels like one of the biggest indoor center of Belgium. Outdoor or indoor. South of Belgium becomes really attractive.
No new line was opened in Freyr since a long time. Back in Belgium for the Asgard Jamming Tour Nicolas Favresse has token time to free a variant of Mistral gagnant. 8 meters of virgin rock to add one more belgian 8b+ to his tick list: L'eau de Lune.
Climbing upon water means to get wet. And accept to take huge flies. Siebe Vanhee came back from Mallorca with nice pictures of his last deep water soloing experiences. If you like psychobouldering you will be serve. Look at the video.
We felt that Muriel Sarkany got back. She proved it us last Saturday during the final of the Worldcup round of Brno. Muriel finished with a nice 4th place before Austrian World Champion Johanna Ernst. Korean Ja-In Kim and Austrian Jakob Schubert win.
Like Rodellar for lead climbing, Magic Wood gives a lot of Belgian top performances in bouldering this year. Jonathan Thomas and Nicolas Mathieu sent both 8A+: Jungle Book sit start for the first and The left hand side of Darkness for the second.
In only four days at Rodellar Muriel Sarkany sent 6 routes in the eight degree including Philippe Cuisinière, 8b+. She come back in Belgium with motivation for the two last rounds of the World Cup Competition Climbing.
Muriel Sarkany quickly washed away her disappointment of the last wordlcup in Puurs by sending El Chorreras o la belle inconnue, 8b/+, at her first attempt in Rodellar. Muriel also succeded to climb a new 8a onsight.
At 16, Johanna Ernst and Adam Ondra dominate the worldcup ranking. Last Saturday they won the Belgian round of the IFSC Lead Climbing Worldcup in Puurs. Speedy Adam sent the final route in less than 4m30s. Overall results and pictures available.
Raphaël Fernandez finished his summer trip with a nice performance. He achieved the ascent of his first 8b+/c with Magic Eyes in Onate, Spain. The route is probably more an 8c which means a new grade passed for Raphaël.
Boulder competitors have participated to their latest international competition of the year in Arco. With an attendance of 2000 people it is one of the biggest and well organized climbing event of the world. Chloé Graftiaux took a fantastic 2nd place.
With Olivier Mignon, Thierry Hardy and Nicolas Mathieu, Belgium counts plenty boulder ascents in the 8th degree. Last Wednesday they added three new 8 on their ticklist. Their trip in Magic Wood in Switzerland is definitively prolific.
Happy birtday to us! On August 16th 1999 made Belclimb its entry on the web. On this site the best news about the Belgian climbing world since 10 years. Many thanks to the early followers and all others who made this adventure possible!
It's confirmed. The intergalactical climbing star Chris Sharma will land in City Lizard on Saturday 10th of October. It will be the first time that Chris presents a lecture in Belgium. Maybe will he take a few seconds to climb the boulders of the gym?
Nobody will get the K2 this year. Wim Smets failed in his attempt to reach the summit of the second highest mountain of the World. He won't be the first Belgian to climb the 8.611 meters. Not yet... He turned back between camp 3 and camp 4.
Since a few days you can discover a red logo on the top of every Belclimb pages. After La Sportiva we are proud to announce that the outdoor brand The North Face decided to become partner of our website for the long term.
Taking holidays around Nice this summer, Siebe Vanhee sent last Friday his first 8c with Les Maux de la Fin. With 40 meter overhang and a crux at the very end of the route, it was not easy for him to get the final hold.
There are signs of life on Baffin Island. Nicolas and Olivier Favresse, Sean Villanueva and Stéphane Hanssens make fun and climb under the healthy sun of Great North. Who said that this region was an the hell?
With 10 minutes delay on the official schedule, Muriel Sarkany missed the isolation of the Climbing Worldcup final of Chamonix. In good faith, she received a red card from the Jury President recommanded by a non sportive official of the IFSC.
Only two weeks after flashing 8b Du Glucose pour les moineaux in Modave, Robin Poelmans onsighted last Monday Question d'équilibre, 8b+ in Céüse. Robin's holidays begin. We suppose he won't probably stop with this.
Between Portugal and Sardiania, Nicolas Favresse also spent time in Switzerland before leaving to Canada for his Baffin Island expedition. He sent a few days ago Silbergeier, a six pitches route, 8b max, in Ratikon.
A few days before his 18th anniversary, Nicolas Mathieu got a surprising gift with a new V11/8A boulder: The worm turns at Joe?s valley, United States. His party friend Thierry Hardy also sent the problem.
Sieba Vanhee has a new blog but also a new video of him in Rollito Sharma, 8b+ in Santa Linya. The movie was shooted during his last spanish trip in February. Open your eyes.
What a great final. Chloé Graftiaux ended 4th of the last round of the IFSC Bouldering Worldcup in Eindhoven. She fought like a lion to finally get the place that nobody wants. Cherry on the cake: she finishes in the top 5 of the worldcup ranking.
Three weeks before his start to the Baffin island Nicolas Favresse answered the questions of the biggest daily newspaper of the french speaking community of Belgium. Read the article in French.
15 online editors representing 10 climbing websites from all over the world met in Catalunya from May 21st until 24th. Between going climbing in Siurana and Montserrat, the webmasters discussed new ideas and intensified cooperation between the sites.
The 3rd round of the Boulder Worldcup took place last Saturday in Vienna under the rain. Chloé Graftiaux failled to join the final. She finished 7th at two little tries more the 6th. Fortunately she gets two more places at the provisional ranking: 7th.
As from now you can search and find all Belgian crag of the Belclimb database with Google Map. More than 200 crags will then be easier to find and access. For the other ones, Belclimb needs you!
Muriel Sarkany is the new guest star of the Sweetspot series signed by Nike ACG. She appears in the film with Axel Ballay on the boulders of Moab, Utah. Look at this. It's great.
Two weeks after Dutch Isolde Toet, Sofie Hoet sent God s(h)ave the Queen last Saturday in Freyr. Two incredible performances according to the high difficulty of 8a's in Freyr.
In Hall Austria, the surprise came from the final results. For the first time in history a boulder Worldcup did not have a winner in the female category. Anna Störh and Akiyo Noguchi finished both 1st. Graftiaux and Hayen took the 9th and 23th places.
Holidays are off. Loïc Timmermans (14) goes back to school with plenty of hard sents on his tick list: Dr. Feelgood, 8a onsight, Braguetasso, 8a+ and two more 8a. Each route in Margalef. That's the youngest 8a onsight ever in Belgium.
After climbing in Albarracin two months ago, Olivier Mignon get back to the spanish bouldering mekka. He sent out Cosmos, 8A+ and Las orejas de la regletas, 8A, a little earlier this week. Jérôme De Boeck also made the last one.
Since 1st of April James Pearson and Gaz Parry look for the most beautiful 8a's of Europe during their The North Face Summit Series Road Trip. Last Saturday they landed in Freyr to try God S(h)ave the Queen and the crag was stunning.
Back to three months of heavy competition. The first round of the IFSC Boulder Worldcup took place last weekend in Kazo - Japan. The victory goes to local Akyio Noguchi and French Stéphane Julien. Chloé Graftiaux took the 12th place.
Each season brings new highlights on the market. Out of the new La Sportiva collection, the climbing shoe Speedster and the approach shoe Gandalf. These should be available in Belgium from May.
The day after his slideshow in Leuven, Dave MacLeod made a tour in Freyr. Healthy tour according to his tick list: Bansai XXL, 8b+ at second go, and John Bee delight watch, 8a flash. Thanks to the club LUAK for inviting him.
Listen to the metallic voice presenting PURE, the new film by Chuck Fryberger. Do you believe it? It's like you were in space. However, this nice movie co-produced by La Sportiva presents 19 climbers in the most beautiful spots around the globe.
Mathilde Brumagne and Jérôme De Boeck got yesterday in Liège (Gecko Tank) the title of Belgian Champions difficulty climbing. A new one for Mathilde, a first one for Jérôme.
Those who are unaware of the Santa Linya's roof should take a few minutes to view the new video of Jérôme De Boeck. Impressing. Same feeling when we have seen the video of his ascent of La Fabela, the 8c+ he climbed 3 weeks ago.
Sean Villanueva and Nicolas Favresse put an end prematurely to their expedition in Patagonia because of dramatic circumstances. Wedged in the storm, their Argentinian friend, Chino, died of hypothermia.
Visiting Montserrat Robin Poelmans added a new 8c and the first repetition of an 8c+ on his ticklist. The route names are quite impressive: Llum et Fuck Mainstream!
La Coccinelle (8A) has pride of place on the ticklist of Nico Farcy and Jonathan Thomas (his first). The conditions in Fontainebleau were not perfect because of the high temperature but they did it.
A few days after Siebe Vanhee's first 8b+, Jérôme De Boeck sends two new 8c+ at Santa Linya for his birthday. The route names: Fabela and Ingravid Serps Extension.
We probably never saw that in Belgium. Chloé Graftiaux is on the cover of the February edition of the French climbing magazine Grimper. A big push for the popularity of this young talentous climber in France.
Nicolas Favresse et Sean Villanueva are back. After 13 days on the wall they freeclimbed the South African Route on the East face of the central tower of Torres del Paine. That's the first free ascent of the east face!
Visiting Austria for one week Robin Poelmans sent his first 8c in the Schwarze Wand sector (Zillertal) with Freedom is just another word for nothing left to loose. He also onsighted his first 8a.
Chloé Graftiaux finished 5th of the last Ice climbing Worldcup round of Busteni, Romania. She also gets the 5th place of the general ranking. She was 14th in 2008.
When you practice a lot, the results follow. Chloé Graftiaux finished 6th in the final of the Ice Climbing World Championship in Saas-Fee last Saturday. Once again, the speed decided for the classification.
2009 started pretty fast. After Sébastien Berthe who climbed his first 8b at Nice, Robin Poelmans sent his first 8b too. He made Fritographie in the Louis-Philippe sector of Freyr.
95 climbers and Hoboken's gym Blok, that's quite a lot of chalk in the air. The two who where above all this Sunday are Magali Hayen and the French Nicolas Januel.
Another hard boulder for Nicolas Mathieu: Cosmos 8A+ in Albarracín in Spain. Were also there Didier Mottart, Mathieu Pauwels and Olivier Mignon who do a couple of 7C+. Christmas' vacations where good for them.
On the Belgian climbing scene, 2008 was a good year. We published 206 news this year, proof that there is act in our flat land. Among those, some deserve to be pointed out.