After a successful premiere of the climbing spectacle in bouldering Triglav The Rock Ljubljana 2017, with Janja Garnbret (SLO) and Chon Jongwon (KOR) winning the women’s and men’s competition, top Slovenian and world sport climbers will return to Kongresni trg Square on 19 May. This year’s main event will again be the evening final under the spotlights, which will feature 6 best climbers from each category, with live broadcast on TV SLO 2.
Bouldering is one of the youngest forms of sport climbing in which climbing ropes and other conventional protective accessories are not used – climbers use only pillows. You will have the change to see one of the five new Olympic sports at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games live in Ljubljana!
Climbers reaching the age of 15 in 2018 can register for the qualification round, which will be held on 18 May 2018 at the Plus Climbing centre in Koper. The semi-final, which will feature 40 competitors, and the final with six best climbers in the women’s and men’s competitions will take place on 19 May 2018 at the Kongresni trg Square in Ljubljana.
The events in the centre of the Slovenian capital will start at 9 a.m. with an enhanced accompanying programme. Visitors will be able to try out climbing on a 4-metre high training wall in the adrenaline park at the Kongresni trg Square. The youngest visitors will enjoy the wall for young heroes, and the bravest will be able to try the urban zipline.
This year, Triglav The Rock Ljubljana is entering a new independent “International Climbing Series” under the auspices of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC). These competitions do not count towards the world cup points, but are still recognised and placed on the international calendar of climbing competitions by the IFSC.
This year, the organisers increased total prize money of EUR 20,000, with EUR 5,000 for the winner, which ranks the competition alongside the largest climbing events in Europe. Semi-final and final routes on a 30-metre modular climbing wall will be set by the most renowned sport climbers in the world, including Laurent and Mateo Laporte from France and Manuel Hassler from Switzerland.
With the last year’s event, which attracted more than 4,000 spectators despite poor weather, and was watched by additional 30,000 people via live broadcast, the creative team justified the trust of the general sponsor Zavarovalnica Triglav, who once again made it possible to organise such an event. The central theme of the event is again the architect Jože Plečnik. Last year, the Tromostovje bridge was included in the logo in order to celebrate 145th anniversary of his birth and 60th anniversary of his death.
This year, Plečnik was honoured by challenging Jernej Kruder, one of the best sport climbers who was the second in the world to conquer one of the toughest routes Es Pontas in Mallorca, and the ambassador of the event and last year’s champion, to climb up the most imposing buildings created by Plečnik. In addition to the Tromostovje bridge, Jernej climbed up the Bežigrad Central Stadium, the Church of St. Michael, Šance fortification at the Ljubljana Castle, the Covered Market and the National and University Library, while in May, he will try to conquer the climbing holds at the Kongresni trg Square in Ljubljana for the second time.