Competition speed climber on the right, and he actually made a couple of mistakes on that run, the current world record on the route is a little under 5 seconds which is absolutely bonkers
@jouze, I've spent some time training on this route myself and it's pretty fun but the hardest part is the coordination, you have to get accurate placements for all 4 of your limbs at high speed and it's really hard especially to get the feet just right when you're pushing it which is what makes the guy on the right here slip when you miss a placement you don't have anything to push with
@jouze, also fun fact climbing will be in the 2020 Olympics with 3 events (this being one of them) and speed climbing will become the fastest event in the Olympics
@jouze, Ill never understand indoor rock climbing. The fact that you are FORCED to do certain positions and holds regardless if you need them or not just baffles me. In real rock climbing you dont give a flying fvck if you "use" the wrong hold. You only care about getting to the top quickly and safely. The mere fact you can go up a wall "wrongly" just seems asinine to me.
@jouze, Thats retarded. This has no business in the Olympics imo. None whatsoever.
@LaDarkProphet, actually climbing is just as natural for humans as running and swimming but it's only with the invention of synthetic materials that it became commercially viable to be mass practiced to allow for Olympic level competition but the human body is well suited for climbing. And the point of being forced to do certain moves in the gym is supposed to serve as training for when you go outside and you only have a certain set of holds to use so that you're prepared to do the moves required to climb. But with the invention of dynamic ropes safety isn't the primary concern anymore people can focus on climbs that are more physically demanding
@LaDarkProphet, also you're never forced to use a hold if you watch the guy on the right he actually skips a couple of the holds the point is to train your body for all the possible ways you might have holds arranged once you get outside and you don't have other options. But relax, this is something that many people greatly enjoy that has no impact on you
@jouze, Yes thank you captain obvious for your redundant explanation. I am very aware of the hows and whys. I am also aware this has no affect on me in anyway. Thats why its called an opinion. To me indoor rock climbing is ping pong while outdoor free hand rock climbing is tennis. And ice climbing is the extreme version. Course you can focus on speed when theres no danger or risk. Ive seen indoor guys leap in ways no sane person would do if they were actually rock climbing.
And just because something is more accessible doesnt make it superior. The Olympics were meant to be the ultimate challenge, the epitome of human physique and the sports are meant to reflect that. Speed climbing to me is simply to boring. Ive seen children speed climb while indoors. Try going that fast while free hand rock climbing. One is easy mode. The other is hard core mode.
@LaDarkProphet, while you are overly salty and negative, I will give you that speed climbing is pretty lame. You watch any interviews with the world's best climbers and they all agree that implementing speed climbing into the Olympics makes no sense. It's an entirely different sport on its own and does not translate to actual climbing. Indoor sport climbing and bouldering on the other hand have their place in training. I am strictly an outdoor climber because that's what I love, but I can see the benefit in pulling on plastic sometimes.
@LaDarkProphet, Olympic gymnasts would never be able to do their crazy flips and routines were it not for the safety pads protecting them, do you think that makes it any less of an Olympic physical feat? I'm not saying its superior because it's more accessible, being more accessible allowed for people with a genetic predisposition for the physicality of a superior climber to start training at a young age and achieve peak physical performance in the vertical world. Top level climbers require a physique just as impressive and hard to maintain as any olympic gymnast or other Olympic athlete. And 14 year old kids can do gymnastics and run and swim at high levels as well does that detract from the Olympic performance of those sports?
@jouze, I was an ex gymnast and was classed as elite, and I did have a few run ins with climbers and such and I can agree with you that the highest level ones have just as much physique and training to maintain. Also the strength in their feet/tips and their fingers is incredible, magnitudes of normal people. Even being a gymnast, it did make me "naturally" good at rock climbing because of my training, strength, and conditioning but I'd be damned if I ever tried to speed run any. At most it made me better than the average person but props given where they're due.
@jouze, Although I do agree with one point that was made, and thats that I don't see a massive entertainment value in speed climbing. The only entertaining thing is the potential for someone to slip and mess up, which is crap if that is the only thing that could be entertaining. I guess seeing them whiz up the wall in a few seconds is, but once you've seen it a few times and everyone completing it in a few seconds it is a bit boring. Also why I'm nor a fan of watching things like the long jump. I mostly stuck to Olympic highlights.
@Jipz, I mean I agree speed climbing is much less mentally engaging than the two other disciplines in climbing (as most climbers do) and it's about as interesting to me personally as olympic sprinting. But the physicality required for it is an olympic level feat, it's just a shame there is only a combined medal for all 3 climbing events meaning that climbers are forced to compete in events that are as physically different as long distance running, sprinting, and hurdles. And yeah elite climber finger strength is honestly unbelievable sometimes. I've seen some of the hardest climbs in my region and how people gain purchase on the holds on them is simply unfathomable
Spiderman? Is that you?
wow....balls of steel that one
The one in the middle is Alex Honnold from the documentary Free Solo
@PatroniumXC, I got to climb with him in the gym a couple of weeks ago, hes a super chill guy. Pretty awkward, but super amicable for someone who achieved one of the greatest physical feats of all time
Ima climb you like a spider monkey!
Your mom. Your dad.
I think this was from a video on how it’s almost impossible to climb much faster. Beginner vs experienced vs professional on that exact official path.
Someone get on the horn to Jameson over at the Daily Bugle. Tell him we have video of Spiderman!
I think the person on the far right is actually a cockroach.
Broke screen, thought there was a spider on it. Please halp.