Preview | Vail Bouldering World Cup 2017

The 5th World Cup of the season is here. The beautiful town of Vail, in Colorado, will host the only bouldering event of 2017 in the American continent. The landscape will be a refreshing contrast to the megacities of the Asian tour.

The overall will look much clearer after Vail. There will be just 2 World Cups left (Navi Mumbai and Munich) and, given that the worst result doesn’t count for the overall, those in the lead may be able to afford a mediocre result in one of them.

Coxsey has really good chances of defending her overall title, especially given that Garnbret is skipping India. The male overall is messier, but we can expect the field of candidates to shrink to 2 or 3 after Vail.

Many big names will be missing in Vail. The French team is nowhere to be found. Since its athletes didn’t secure a single podium in the first 4 events (rare for a team of such caliber), none of them got a ticket to Vail.

Other stars, like Anna Stöhr, Rustam Gelmanov, David Firnenburg, Martin Stranik, Michael Piccolruaz, Sergii Topishko, Rolands Rugens (who’s nursing an injury) or Dimitry Sharafutdinov won’t compete either.

But don’t worry, there will plenty of big names in Vail. The USA team alone is full of them: Puccio, Woods, Mascarenas, Coleman, Hayes, the Raboutou’s

Sadly, Ashima Shiraishi won’t be among them. Pity, I was hoping to finally see her competing in a senior IFSC event.

You can check the starting list here.

Route setters
Percy Bishton, from the UK, will be chief route setter. He’ll be assisted by Manu Hassler and Chris Danielson.

Schedule (Timezone: UTC-6)

Friday 9

Saturday 10
10:00 – Semifinals – (live at
16:30 – Finals – (live at

More info


  1. Pretty sure Daniel Woods isn’t coming, he’s still in France I think.

  2. Does anyone know why Ashima isn’t competing?

  3. Yunjiang says:

    I am thinking about going to Vail this year to watch it onsite. Does anyone know where to get the tickets?

    • AngelPalacio says:

      Hi Yunjiang,

      The good news is that you don’t need tickets to watch the World Cup in Vail. It’s free.
      Just keep in mind that for the final you gonna need to be there quite early if you wanna be close to the wall.



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