2012 was a very successful year for the British Bouldering Team on the World stage. Sauna Coxsey exploded onto the scene with multiple podiums and a remarkable 3rd place overall standing at the end of a gruelling season. Sauna was not the only Brit to shine, however, with very notable achievements from the likes of Ned Feehally, Stew Watson and Mina Leslie-Wujastyk.
In other indoor bouldering competitions including the Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) David Barrans, Jonathan Partridge, Leah Crane, Diane Merrick amongst others have shown excellent form.
But the World Cup bouldering stage is a fierce battle ground. Demonstrating the endless depth of ability - Austrians, Russians and the French, to name a few, appear regularly in the press for seemingly walking up many of the world's hardest boulders on a day to day basis!
To make sure Team GB is in full battle mode when the season kicks off in March 2013 Tom Sugden (Team GB Head Coach) and the BMC have to select the best of the best to represent Britain. However only eight team members can be selected to compete - 4 Male and 4 Female climbers!
To help select the Best of British a gladiatorial contest will take place in the capital on Saturday, 9th of February, at the Arch Climbing Wall - The Biscuit Factory.
The event is the first of its kind and is being organised as a FREE showcase day for climbing fans to come along to watch the twenty British Team climbers battle it out over 2 rounds.
Along with the Arch Climbing Wall, Blocfest will be on hand to provide the atmosphere with a massive sound system and live DJ sets. There will be live commentary from the nation's favourite Essex boy/Aussie – Chris Webb-Parsons! After the finals an after party will commence at the on-sight Vibe Bar.
The event is for British Team climbers only but bring your boots as the Biscuit Factory will be open for climbing through the day with the exception of a few area closures for the event.
The event route setters are Jamie Cassidy, Yann Genoux and Mike Langley.
The British Bouldering Team is supported by
Five Finger Thing.