Arco Rock Masters 2007

This weekend sees the 21st Arco Rock Masters take place. Held in Arco, Italy, the Masters is a combination of a climbing competition (leading, bouldering & speed) alongside an award ceremony. The competitions are being held on the Saturday and Sunday (with Gaz Parry taking part in the bouldering comp) while the Arco Rock Legends Award is to be announced tonight (Friday 7th September). The Arco Rock Legends is actually 2 separate awards: One for most distinguished climber in sports climbing or bouldering. Nominees are Dave Graham (For his continuous capacity of cutting-edge sports climbing and bouldering ascents, including Eclacamasters 9a, Perles (Spain), the first ascent of Los Borrachos de Mascun 9a (Rodellar, Spain) and the first ascent of the boulder Scarred for Life Fb8B+ a Fionnay, Switzerland)Daniel Woods (At just 17 years of age one of the best boulderers in the world, with the first ascent of Jade Fb8C Rocky Mountains National Park, Ode to the Modern Man, Fb8b+/8c at Mt. Evans, USA and numerous top end repeats)Patxi Usobiaga (For the first ascent of Begi Puntuan, 9a at Etxauri, Navarra, Spain, his second 8c on-sight Pata Negra, at Rodellar, Spain and a myriad of 8b+ on-sights)Andreas Bindhammer (For his repeats of Broadway 8c+/9a and Abyss, 9a/+ a Gorges du Loup (France) and La Rambla original, 9a+, two routes of completely different style and character)Adam Ondra (At just 14 years of age Ondra is capable of performing in all disciplines, from his 9a repeats (Martin Krpan Misja Pec, Slovenia and Erfolg ist trainierbar reclimbed 9a Adlitzgraben, Austria) to bouldering (first ascent of Spicka ledovce 8a+, Lidomorna)) One for best competition climber. Nominees are: Angela Eiter (Winner of the Lead World Cup 2006, winner of the Combined Ranking (Bouldering + Lead))David Lama (For his debut in the senior World Cup: European Champion Lead, 2nd place in the World Cup Lead 2006 and winner of one stage of the Bouldering World Cup 2006)Patxi Usobiaga (Winner of the Lead World Cup 2006) As you may have noticed, the most distinguished climber is for sports climbing or bouldering – no mention of trad which is unfortunate for any UK climbers operating at the top end. Maybe next year will see trad added as bouldering was only included for the first time this year. The award is voted for by a jury which is a combination of 15 international magazines – Alp magazine (ITA), Climber (KO), Desnivel (ESP), (INT), Gory (POL), Grimpeur (FRA), Klettern (GER), Limits (NDL), Montana (CZE), Pareti (ITA), Rivista del CAI (ITA), Rock & Ice (USA), Summit (GBR), UP (ITA). You can follow the results for both the competition and the awards at Related: Arco Rock Legends 2006>>