…only climbs V10 outside? Apparently this is true when it comes to Russian Dmitry Sharafutdinov who won the Bouldering World Championships last week in Aviles, Spain. This probably speaks to the amount of time Dmitry spends climbing and training inside more than anything, but the results of the comp are somewhat telling with respect to how Americans stack up when compared with the rest of the world.
The person that most of us probably think of as one of the strongest climbers in the world, Daniel Woods, didn’t even get a sniff of the final day of the comp, let alone the podium. Obviously this has a lot to do with experience in international competitions and the differing nature of indoor climbing compared with real rock. However, it is still worth pondering how the bubble of the American climbing scene keeps us blissfully unaware of some of the hard climbing going on all across the globe.