So, I don’t know if you heard or not but there was a bouldering competition in Vail this weekend that was kind of a big deal. In case you missed it, here are the posts I had over the weekend about the Bouldering World Cup at the 2010 Teva Mountain Games:
- 2010 Teva Mountain Games: Vail Bouldering World Cup Final Results/My Thoughts on the Comp
- 2010 Teva Mountain Games: Vail Bouldering World Cup Semi-final Results
- 2010 Teva Mountain Games: Vail Bouldering World Cup Men’s Qualifier Results
- 2010 Teva Mountain Games: Vail Bouldering World Cup Women’s Qualifier Results
Jon Glassberg put together a nice set of highlight videos from Finals that show pretty much every meaningful attempt on all the problems. Check ’em out:
Bouldering World Cup 2010 • Vail, Colorado • Mens Finals from Jon Glassberg on Vimeo.
Bouldering World Cup 2010 • Vail, Colorado • Womens Finals from Jon Glassberg on Vimeo.
Here are some other medias floating around the interwebs:
- Very professional looking (but not as complete as the ones shown above) highlight reels of the Men and the Women from DPM
- Ben Fullteron has some images up from the Qualifying rounds with more photos from Semi-finals and Finals to come
- Article about the comp in the Vail Daily News
- Finals post at DPM with several nice pictures from Jackie Hueftle
- Brief Daniel Woods interview with 8a.nu
- Pictures of the top falls of the weekend
- More great photos from Ben Fullerton
- Petzl write-up with some really nice pictures
Feel free to share others sites with media that you come across in the comments and I’ll add them to the post.
As others have pointed out, the streaming quality could have been better but I think with time we’ll see more effort put into this. 7000 viewers is not to be overlooked, and where there is viewership, there will inevitably be more resources dedicated.
The thing that really got me were how many problems involved a crazy dyno either at the end, waaay up high, or that involved body contortion etc. They really should think twice about this stuff as the last thing we want is competitors to get injured while performing for us.
At first I was kind of bummed that I missed the live feed this weekend, but now, thanks to Jon’s incredible editing and footage, I feel like I got to see all the best parts and with great music to boot. I like how he allowed us to watch most attempts from start to finish, and there wasn’t any rushed feeling or spazzy editing. Also, wasn’t it sort of cool how in the guys problems, it seemed like the vantage point got closer and closer as each of the climbers made their attempts? I thought that was awesome. Was he like constantly moving around in the audience or something?? Anyway, great work.
is it just me…or are these bouldering competitions steadily growing into spectator sports dedicated to athletes jumping around from plastic to plastic? i understand it needs to be “entertaining”…but double-dynos off crimps to crimps get old quick.