Nice Profile Of Christian Core

Nice Profile Of Christian Core

While perhaps not a widely know name here in the U.S., Italy’s Christian Core has been leaving his mark on the sport for years winning multiple World Cups and repeating and establishing some of the world’s hardest boulder problems.  In 2008, he made news by establishing Gioia at his local crag near Varazze, Italy.  The problem, which is somewhere in the V15/16 range, has drawn attention and praise (but no repeats yet) from the likes of Adam Ondra and Daniel Woods.

In this excellent profile video that can be downloaded for free from iCLIMB.com, Core talks at length about what the sport of climbing means for him and his wife Stella.  He also runs a lap on Gioia, and there are brief clips of several other well-known boulders interspersed throughout the piece if you are paying close attention.

Still shot of Christian Core on Gioia from the iCLIMB short

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7 Responses to Nice Profile Of Christian Core

  1. Crimpin' Ain't Easy May 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    so that was amazing and inspiring and romantic and whatever…

    ANYWAYS just realized he looks like a less sinister version of Renard from The World is Not Enough: http://www.hecklerspray.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/renard_by_robert_carlyle.jpg

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  2. Solidd33 May 13, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    Let’s face it, unless you’re out there creating new protected climbing areas it’s just a selfish pursuit on interest like all sports.

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  3. stickyfingers May 13, 2011 at 2:14 am #

    Ah, come on. If he was Daniel Woods you’d be offering him a hand job. 

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    • Solidd33 May 13, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

      Not true, Daniel is not eloquent enough to spout about climbing like this. When people get too philosophical about climbing it triggers my cynical alarm and Christian was stomping on it describing climbing all airy fairly as if it differs substantially from other sports.

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    • Crimpin' Ain't Easy May 13, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

      …and then his moniker would be stickyfingers too!

      *sorry bout being crude, narc 

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  4. Troll May 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

     I thought this was a great video. For sure gets me psyched to train harder and become the best climber I can possibly be.

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  5. Spro1 May 17, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    I believe climbing does offer more philosophical discussion than most other sports.  Granted sometimes it is over the top.
     
    I can’t think of a single other sport that is as dependent on travel and terrain and lifestyle as climbing is.  Focusing on just bouldering in this sense, to pursue difficult problems requires one to travel the globe.  It’s not like playing hockey or soccer, where a field is a field whether it’s in Africa or Brazil.  Want to climb on technical slopers?  Go to France or Alabama.  Want to hit up physcial thuggy jug problems?  Head to South Africa or Texas.  Highballs?  The UK or Bishop.

    Travel and adventure are hallmarks of climbing, something pretty unique in the sporting world.

    Combine the travel with the stage, which is to be outdoors, immersed in nature, often alone or in a small group; it provides the time and environment for reflection on life in a way very few other sports do.

    And no one can deny the mental mastery that climbing provides.  One’s body map needs to be complete in almost every way, given the near limitless arrangement of moves, holds and angles.  And the very Zen like state (that is common in most sports) needed to really push ones own limits.

    I totally agree that sometimes the philosophical comments on climbing can be ridiculous.  But I find that the older I get, the more I view physical activities as an art and physical expression.

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