It took over 20 years to organize an official competition out of a climbing gym. Not that gyms aren't a good place but then it's difficult to attract a non climbing audience. Saturday Magali Hayen and Loic Timmermans became Belgian Bouldering Champions.
Of China Jam, we'll mostlty remember the trip endured by the CAB-Rock Climbing Team in Chinese land. The members of the team never suffered as much on a big wall. You can see a part of that in the trailer they just released.
Muriel Sarkany marked our minds today. At 3:27 pm, she became the first Belgian and also the fourth women in history to send a route graded 9a. The performance of our compatriot is exceptional.
The 2013 edition of the Puurs World Cup ended with an amazing inexpected result. Our compatriot Anak Verhoeven finished 6th of a competition she'll remember for a long time.
After a long serie of competition, time for some rest for Chloé Caulier. Combining farniente at the Lake Como and bouldering sessions at Val Masino, Chloé topped many boulder in the 7th grade counting her first 7C: Il Sogno di Tarzan sit start.
Last weekend over 400 athletes made a trip on the island of Vancouver in Canada for the World Youth lead climbing Championshiph. Among them, 6 Belgians to defend our country. Anak Verhoeven finishes second, as in 2012 and 2010.
He did it. Eight days after reaching the top of the Gasherbrum II, Stef Maginelle reached this morning the top of the Gasherbrum I. He walked up to the 11th highest summet of the world without oxygen. He climbed up to 8.068 meters.
Nicolas Favresse is just coming back from Norway. After 3 weeks of climbing and fighting against poor weather conditions, the trip finally turned out to be sucessful since he managed to make the first free ascent of his crack project: The Recovery Drink.
Wim Smets summited Lhotse this morning at 5h15am. With this last great performance, he just became the first Belgian alpinist to have summited five 8000-meter peaks.
In addition to having amazing multi-pitch rock climbing routes, Verdon also offers some superb sport climbing lines. During a climbing road trip in France with Jacopo Larcher, Siebe Vanhee sent Tom et Je ris (8b+).
It has been quiet around Muriel Sarkany the last few months, but it was for a good reason. Last week, the 38-year-old Belgian sent Fish Eye, a very long 8c of 50m in Oliana, Spain.
Almost one year since his visit to Siurana, Nicolas Favresse sent the project he bolted last year in sector Campi Qui Pugui. Vacunamatata adds 10 ultra-technical meters to the 8c+ Chikane.
Climbing Barry White was one of the biggest challenges of 2012 for Micha Vanhoudt. This Austrian boulder, with a grade of 8B+, cost him a lot of trouble until the last day of December. Later he returned to shoot the movie.