The 5 Biggest Stories In Climbing This Week (22-28/06/15)
2. Climbing's Olympic Dreams Were Rekindled
Competition climbing stayed on the agenda this week as climbing was shortlisted to appear at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. It’s up against bowling, squash, surfing, karate, rollersports, wushu and baseball/softball. Whether climbing makes it into the games or not, you can be sure the prospect will remain a divisive subject amongst climbers in the coming months of Olympic deliberation. One major bone of contention appears to be the proposed format, a combined lead, speed and bouldering event that could well see the overall winners decided by which top-level performance climber can get best at speed climbing.
1. El Capitan Got The Google Street View Treatment
The biggest story this week however was Google’s foray into the world of big wall climbing. The search engine come tech conglomerate partnered up with the Yosemite Park authority who brought onboard Tommy Caldwell, Lynn Hill and Alex Honnold to produce a ‘Vertical Street View’ of the world’s most famous rockface. The three Yosemite pioneers are featured in the street view doing everything from camping out on ledges to climbing the Texas Flake. A full tour of ‘The Nose,’ captured by Alex Honnold and Sender Film’s Brett Lowell, is also available as part of the feature.
While many are thrilled to see climbing getting so much attention, the project has irked some who feel digital tours like this only serve to detract from the adventurous nature of the sport. Climbing brand Mammut faced similar criticism last year when they released a digital tour of the Eiger North Face. What’s your take on digital route mapping? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and as always check back next week for all of the biggest news from the vertical world!
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