Hangang Climbing Championship 2018 [Seoul]

After long time waiting, yesterday, the 3rd Spyder Hangang Climbing Championship 2018 was finally held in Banpo Hangang Park. Here you could watch professional as well as amateur rock climber competing and enjoying the 14-meter high wall, built directly on the water of the Han-river. All must climb without rope. And in case anyone cannot make the move, he or she would fall into the water.

Banpo Hangang Park

The amateur rock climbers started already in the morning. Only at around 7:30 pm, the final round with pros cominng from Korea, Japan, Germany, USA, Canada, etc. began.

The registration for this competition was in May. Since my climbing skill was just so so… I decided only to watch :-). My friends and I was at the park at around 6:30 pm to watch the pro-final. Truelly impressive!

The audience only had to come with some drinks or snacks to the Banpo Hangang park, look for a good place with good view to the competition wall and enjoy the amazing sport show – LIVE… Of course, there were some breaks in between, filled with cool music played by a talented Korean DJ from her Jeep.

All rock climbers were really strong, flexible and had great technique. The final decision depended then on their endurance and speed.

Quater finalHere are the quater finalists…

At last, the German athlete J. Hojer…

Men final

and the 14-year-old(!) Korean rock climber J. Jeong have won the first places.

Women final

Congratulations! It was amazing!!! I am really looking forward to next year’s Championship!

Today, the Climb Hongdae was specially full. I guessed, a lot of people was impressed by the yesterday competition and decided to tryout rock climbing by themselves ;-).

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