2nd Red Bull White cliffs 2015

Publié: 11/03/2015 dans Uncategorized
Red Bull White cliff 2015

Red Bull White cliff 2015

Finally I could join this event! Last year 2014 I was also invited to this private competition but it was in the same time as the French ice climbing team selection.

The first part to the roof for the qualification.

The first part to the roof for the qualification.

Red Bull White cliffs is a big competition in UK on a chalk sea cliff of the island of Wight (South UK), the 10 best dry-toolers in the world were invited

with:
– Heeyong Park (world champion)
– Alexei Tomilov (world champion)
– Tim Emmett (pro ice-climber)
– Will Gadd (Red Bull Athlete)
– Jeff Mercier (pro dry-tooler)
– Will Mayo (pro ice-climber)
– Robbie Phillips (pro rock-climber)
– Scott G (young talent)
– Gordon MacArthur (world cup dry-tooler)
+ Me !
So I was proud to be part of these famous team!

All the best athletes in the world invited to the Red Bull White Cliff competition.

All the best athletes in the world invited to the Red Bull White Cliff competition.

The aim of this competition was to climb in a single pitch the 100m overhanging chalk cliff as fast as possible. It is pretty unique to climb on chalk, especially leading on this soft rock, never seen in the world before. The protection was built on two pitons linked by a rope with a carabiner and we were climbing with double ropes, very heavy at the end carrying 100m of rope (almost 10Kg).

The impressive 100m chalk wall, vertical left route for the females, overhanging right route for the males.

The impressive 100m chalk wall, vertical left route for the females, overhanging right route for the males.

The first 30m were very overhanging and powerful, then very sustaining until the end. The moves were not so long, the challenge was to keep moving on 100m while staying not so pumped. The trickiest part was to find enough good feet holds, sometime kicking on the chalk or grabbing little edges. Otherwise if your foot hold breaks and if you are too pumped, you could fall!

Dry-tooling at 70m above the sea!! ©Jon Griffith/Red Bull Content Pool

Dry-tooling at 70m above the sea!! ©Jon Griffith/Red Bull Content Pool

It was so awesome to lead on such a high wall, an experience of a lifetime.

The competition started after a practice day, 35min maximum to top this route out on sight. I made the 2nd time (29 minutes) while we were only 5 to top out, too scary and tricky… The qualification was on the 30 first meters, the 8 fastest go to the final. I made the fastest time in 5’30s, 30s faster than Jeff my mentor. So everything was on my side for the final the day after. So I was first and had the choice to start first the final round or to finish latest. I choose to start first to climb in the morning avoiding the warm sun. I knew it would be tough for me to be fast because I can’t run since 3 years now, no more endurance, finished 7th… Anyway I managed to go 6 minutes faster than my first run, very happy to top out without falling! I wanted to do it again just for fun!

Dry-tooling on chalk is tricky… © Will Mayo

Dry-tooling on chalk is tricky… © Will Mayo

I was very happy to participate to such a huge event and so proud to be part of the best athletes of the world!  Congratulation to the fastest:

1st) Tim Emmett (UK) – 16:48:71
2nd) Jeff Mercier (FRA) – 16:51:90
3rd) Aleksei Tomilov (RUS) – 16:59:80
4th) Will Gadd (CAN) – 17:27:50
5th) Robbie Philips (UK) – 17:27:91
6th) Heeyong Park (KOR) – 18:45:17
7th) Gaetan Raymond (FRA) – 23:40:18
8th) Will Mayo (USA) – fell at 25m

a mandatory stop for a selfie at 60m during the practice.

a mandatory stop for a selfie at 60m during the practice.

More pictures and report on:

http://www.redbull.com/uk/en/adventure/stories/1331751845922/red-bull-white-cliffs-2015-the-results

http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=70023

http://www.planetmountain.com/english/News/shownews1.lasso?l=2&keyid=43113#

And the Jeff’s video to sum up!

Figure 6 : The first part to the roof for the qualification.

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