The IFSC Bouldering World Cup came to Hamilton Ontario this past weekend. I couldn’t pass up seeing some world class climbers from literally half way around the world. So a few months ago I bought myself a set of tickets for the weekend and drove my two climbing friends and I down to Hamilton, to watch a bunch of magnificent climbers show their stuff.
I’m sure you’ve seen a few of these pictures already on my instagram but for those that aren’t following me on there, I’ve accumulated a lot more pictures to post here.
We had some pretty spectacular seats on the bleachers so we had a great view of the entire bouldering wall. The IFSCwc event was televised live on YouTube, which you can still view.
A lot of the guys couldn’t wait to see team USA, Alex Puccio come out for a climb. She ended up placing third overall. Here she is climbing at semi-finals earlier on Sunday. I think she could seriously crush some coconuts with those muscular shoulder blades of hers.
Alex Puccio below, climbing women’s 3 in finals. She ended up grabbing the final hold, moving OFF it entirely and going for one of the men’s final holds. She looked back at the crowd, and I’m sure everyone’s jaw was dropping and NOT cheering. Alex then looked down at the judges and they were pointing to the left and she scrambled back quickly to finish on the women’s hold then everyone roared, screamed and cheered. Man that definitely got my heart pumping, seeing her trying to get back to where she was.
This Japanese woman was incredible to watch. She ended up doing two simultaneous heel hooks while doing the splits. Twice, since she fell! It was unbelievable. The crowd just screamed when she pulled that off.
The winners of the Bouldering World Cup!
1st place: Austrian, Anna Stöhr (Kilian Fischhuber’s girlfriend. Sigh.)
2nd place: Japan, Akiyo Noguchi
3rd place: USA, Alex Puccio
What an incredible experience to be there, live!