The World's Bouldering Elite In Sheffield

© Alex Messenger
BBC4  © Alex Messenger
Last years BMC British Bouldering Championships at Cliffhanger © Alex Messenger

Bouldering World Cup Hits Sheffield in July:

Around 120 of the world's top boulderers will be in Sheffield in July for the IFSC Bouldering World Cup.

The Sheffield round of the World Cup is one of 7 events worldwide, the other rounds being in America, The Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Russia and Switzerland.

The World Cup is being held at the Cliffhanger event at Millhouses Park over two days, Saturday and Sunday, 3rd and 4th of July in the same humungous marquee as last years British Bouldering Championships (BBC's).

'Ondra might come, he is on the list for the first two Boulder World Cups this year so we will just have to wait and see about him'

The BBC's themselves will be held a week before the World Cup, 26-27 June, in the same marquee (free entry). Full details at this BMC News Report.

I asked Graeme Alderson, an IFSC Technical Delegate and co-owner of The Climbing Works, who will be attending,

'Well it's a bit early to know for sure – registration closes two weeks before the event and most teams register as late as possible. But the following are virtually definite, Kilian Fischhuber, Alex Johnson, Gabriele Moroni and Anna Stohr.

Routes setters Jason Pickles, Andy Long, Ian Vickers and Percy Bishton (Andy Earl seated).  © Mick Ryan -
Routes setters Jason Pickles, Andy Long, Ian Vickers and Percy Bishton (Andy Earl seated).
© Mick Ryan -

Plus lots of French, Dutch, Swiss, Japanese, Koreans etc. Have a look here and take your pick. As Sheffield is NOT the last round we won't be affected by the 'it's the last round and I am out of contention for top3/top10/etc so I won't go' that you often get at the final round each year.

Ondra might come, he is on the list for the first two Boulder World Cups this year so we will just have to wait and see about him.'

The climbers will be battling it out for 13,000 Euros in prize money in the first Bouldering World Cup held in the UK since 2006.

Will they stay over for a bit?

'Well I would reckon some of them might, particularly the specialist boulderers. There is not another boulder event until Arco on 16-18 July so I reckon some might stay for a bit. The climbers who also do lead (e.g., Ondra) won't stay as there is a Lead World Cup in Chamonix on 12-13 July.'

Sheffield City Council are sorting out some cheap accommodation for the competitors.

After you have paid your £5 entry to Cliffhanger the World Cup is free to watch, but if you can't make it will be webcast by the same outfit, Horizon, who filmed and broadcast the recent Climbing Works International Festival 2010 (CWIF) - CWIF Results

More details about the Sheffield IFSC Bouldering World Cup at

A big thanks to Sheffield City Council who are funding the Sheffield IFSC Bouldering World Cup. The Climbing Works who are providing the competition isolation zone and Thornbridge Outdoors (local outdoor education centre) who are providing the transport to get the competitors to and fro, free of charge. are a sponsor of Cliffhanger and the Sheffield IFSC Bouldering World Cup

Other sponsors include Decathlon, Lookers Ford, The Climbing Works, Sheffield Hallam University, Berghaus and POD Sacs.

Top women boulderers Melanie Sandoz, Chloé Graftiaux, Johanna Ernst, Sabine Bacher and Katharina Saurwein
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Top climbers Gabriele Moroni and Thomas Caleyron.
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Gareth Parry, along with Stew Watson, Dave Barrans and Ned Feehally - are UK contenders.
© Mick Ryan -

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6 May, 2010
Let's hope they stick around and do some proper climbing in Wales and Scotland, I'd love to see how these namby pamby boulderers cope on some wet, loose......etc.......etc....... Carry on.
6 May, 2010
I hope they do some proper bouldering in the UK.
6 May, 2010
Please also note this:Alpkit and The Big Shake Out 2010 at Cliffhanger The Big Shake Out is a great place to base your multi-activity weekend, meet up with a few friends and dip into the delights of Cliffhanger. Facilities will include camping around a central entertainments marquee, you will be able to cook your own food on our communal BBQs, purchase cooked food from our kitchen and drinks from a licensed bar, watch films on Friday night and boogie to live music on Saturday night. Tickets are available now through
6 May, 2010
Yeah. Let get them aiding the scoop, or maybe a spot of underwater blow football. That'll sort the men from the boys.
27 Jun, 2010
Does anyone know of a timetable for when the qualifiers/finals are for men and women? I've been trying to find one online but both the IFSC and BMC websites are being coy. Or I'm being inept. Either way, help would be appreciated.
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