Nordic championships in bouldering live streaming from Ribe

Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. Juniors. Ribe in Denmark

Last weekend we had the amazing experience of hosting the Nordic Championship in Junior Bouldering 2015 in the gym of Danhostel Ribe.
Most of the climbers were accommodated at the hostel .

Both the gym and the hostel were seething with excitement, concentration, fun, joy and annoyance
The gym and the hostel were seething with excitement, concentration, fun, joy and annoyance

Both the gym and the hostel were seething with excitement, concentration, fun, joy and annoyance while 80 of Scandinavia’s best junior climbers were competing to win the title of Nordic Champion in Junior Bouldering 2015.
Climbers from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark were competing in three different age categories:  B: 14-15, A: 16-17 and Juniors: 18-19 years old.

Nordic Championships in bouldering - Hannes Puman, Sweden. No. 2 Juniors. Boys 18-19 years
Nordic Championships in bouldering – Hannes Puman, Sweden. No. 2 Juniors. Boys 18-19 years

Bouldering is rock climbing without ropes and harnesses, you  get by with climbing shoes and a chalk bag. If/when you fall down you fall softly on safety mats. Your challenge in bouldering is what is called “to solve a problem”.  In a contest you must be able to solve the  different problems quickly.  Furthermore the routes you climb on the walls are difficult and you must have  a good balance, as well as a good physique,  technique and strength.
Four minutes the competitors have to solve one problem and they have as many attempts as necessary within the 4 minutes.

Natacha Niviarsiaq from Denmark. No 2 Juniors. Girls 18-19 years
Natacha Niviarsiaq from Denmark. No 2 Juniors. Girls 18-19 years

Those who set the routes at the rock gym for a bouldering championship  needs to understand how to do it. The routes must neither be too easy nor to difficult. In both these cases, it may be difficult to find a winner. During the championships the participants go from easier climbs, to harder climbs.
The skilled Joseph Wetzel and Robert Heinrich from Germany were  chief route setter with help from 2 Danish assistants: Thomas Holm Blaabjerg and Thomas Acher Johansen .

Anna Karina Wulf from Denmark. Youth A
Anna Karina Wulf from Denmark. Youth A. No. 4

The finalist climbers don’t have the opportunity to see the problems, before they are climbing. Before climbing they are isolated for 1 to 3 hours. That means that the last climbers are not given an advantage  over the first climbers. All climbers get the same time to study the problem, work out how they will solve the problem and and prepare their climb.

Nordic Bouldering Championships. Juniors. Markus Beck Lyhne from Ribe Klatreklub
Nordic Bouldering Championships. Juniors. Markus Beck Lyhne from Ribe Klatreklub

Markus Beck Lyhne was the only climber from  Ribe Klatreklub (Ribe Climbing Club). He made it to the finals and ended as number 6 in the junior group.

the audience is almost as concentrated as the participants in the competition
The audience is almost as concentrated as the participants in the competition

As you can see, the audience is almost as concentrated as the participants in the competition

Ribehallen – the hostel’s gym – has some of Denmark’s best climbing and bouldering walls. We have previously hosted the Danish Championship in indoor rock climbing for men and women in 2010 and 2013.

Nordic Championships in bouldering – Thilo Jeldrik Schröter, Norway. No. 1 Juniors. Boys 18-19 years
Nordic Championships in bouldering – Thilo Jeldrik Schröter, Norway. No. 1 Juniors. Boys 18-19

Thilo Jeldrik Schröter from Norway solving the last problem. Thilo was the best junior climber and he can now call himself Nordic junior champion in bouldering 2015.

The winner results are studied
The competition is over and the results are studied

Congratulations to all the other winners:

Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. Winners Youth B
Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. Winners Youth B. 14-15 years old

Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. 14-15 years old. Winners Youth B. 14 – 15 years old

Girls 14 – 15 years old
1.   Julia Nilsson, Sweden
2.    Nea Herforth Bæhr, Denmark
3.    Marie Aagaard, Denmark

Boys 14 – 15 years old
1. Noah Seir, Danmark
2. Ymer Alber, Sweden
3. Olov Morsing, Sweden

Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. Winners Youth A. 16-17 years old
Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. Winners Youth A. 16-17 years old

Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. 16-17 years old
Winners Youth A:

Girls 16-17 years old
1.    Silvia Barrett, Sweden
2.    Annika Korsgaard, Denmark
3.    Primula Aalund, Denmark

Boys 16-17 years old
1. Leo Ketil Bøe, Norway
2. Oliver Islin Sahl-Madsen, Denmark
3. Guðmundur Freyr Arnason, Iceland

Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. Winners Juniors. 18 - 19 years old
Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. Winners Juniors. 18 – 19 years old

Nordic Bouldering Championships 2015. 18-19 years old
Winners Juniors:

Girls 18 – 19 years old
1.  Sunniva Eik Haave, Norway
2.  Natacha Niviarsiaq, Denmark
3.  Norea Marceau, Sweden

Boys 18 – 19 years old
1. Thilo Jeldrik Schröter, Norway
2. Hannes Puman, Sweden
3. Frederik Thulstrup, Denmark

Allan Beck from Ribe Climbing Club (Ribe Klatreklub) talking with journalist Rene Aunsbjerg Fogh from Ribe Ugeavis
Allan Beck from Ribe Climbing Club (Ribe Klatreklub) talking with journalist Rene Aunsbjerg Fogh from the local newspaper, Ribe Ugeavis

Ribe climbing club did a great job – members as well as parents and friends from other climbing clubs.
About 40 volunteers made sure the championships ran  smoothly and successfully. Volunteers carried out a range of essential tasks, from helping setting routes to creating the imaginative audience seating in the middle of the gym, to timekeeping, live streaming,  food and drinking supplying, cleaning of wall holds,  being judges, etc.

Frederik from Ribe Climbing Club volunteered as hold cleaner
Frederik Gram from Ribe Climbing Club volunteering as hold cleaner

The Swedish national team doctor Björn Alber said about the championships: “Good accommodation with food just next to the climbing gym, boulder walls with World Cup potential, well-organized event organizers with an eye on the time schedule and results, skilled route setters – yes you have to say this was one of the most  successful Nordic championships I have been to”

Some of the climbers relax in the hostel
Some of the climbers relax in the hostel

Some of the climbers relax in the hostel before they are leaving Ribe.

Back to Norway. Thilo Jeldrik Schröter - no 1 in the  Junior group - checks out of the hostel
Back to Norway. Thilo Jeldrik Schröter – no 1 in the Junior group – checks out of the hostel

If you haven’t had enough bouldering by now you can see 6 hours 25 minutes and 43 seconds streamed live on Mar 15 from the finals in this video – from before it started in the morning till all the winners were known.
The video is streamed by Dansk Klatreforbund


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