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Ice World Cup 2000
The Ice World Cup circuit starts in 2000 and is composed of 6 stages: Kirov, Cortina, Chamonix, Saa Fee, Pitztal and Are. Wooden panels make their first appearance at Cortina, biding the way for 'dry tooling'. Leashes are banned, raising the hopes of those who advocate leashless climbing outdoors. Will Gadd from Canada wins the first ever IWC tutle, together with his girlfriend Kim Csizmazia, possibly the best female ice climber seen in competitions to date.


Ice World Cup 2001
Valle di Daone enters the scene in 2001 with an excellent boulder competition. Saas Fee, Pitztal, Kirov complete the circuit. Illustrious sports climbers enter the competition for the first time: Liv Sansoz places second overall despite no ice climbing background, immediately behind the winner Ines Papert. Daniel Dulac spearheads the strong French contingent.


Ice boulder
Just like in sports climbing this specific discipline demands explosive power and complete body control. Ice bouldering is all about testing the limits of the possible and impossible.


Ice bouldering competitions
The first ice bouldering experiment dates back to the Cortina Ice Boulder in '99. The fun completion was won be Jacques Perrier and the Hungarian Ildi Kiss. Light-years seem to have passed since then: the equipment has evolved beyond recognition, the competition structures have been improved upon and the athletes ability has risen dramatically. At the time the exhausted competitors could rest on the leashes… as usual one never forgets the first time!


Leashes
These join the ice axe to the climber’s wrist. Banned in competitions, many leading ice climbers now no longer use them outdoors, making the “game” just that bit more difficult.


The spur
The spur is the heel point: extremely useful for heel hooking small edges, pockets or holds above a roof. They are essential tools to keep your balance on overhanging columns. The story goes that the mythical Jeff Lowe was one of the first, if not even the first, to make use of this technique: at the time a screw was placed on the back of the crampon to hook the ice.








Cortina 2000: ice bouldering makes its first World Cup appearance


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