Training with the Spanish Team

Last summer the Spanish Bouldering Team organized a training camp to prepare for the IFSC comps. They did competition simulations and worked on their problem-reading skills, their coordination and their slab climbing. I was honored to be invited to shoot video, here’s the final product.

This event was organized in its entirety by the climbers themselves, in their own time, using their own money. Unlike other European federations, such as the German, the French or the Austrian, the Spanish team doesn’t have the resources needed to organize training camps such as this one. Even training together is quite unusual for them.

Also, the climbing culture in Spain has been traditionally focused on outdoor climbing and the indoor walls reflect that. The setting has been mostly about finger strength and power, not so much about the peculiar style of modern competition setting.

Thanks to modern gyms like Piugaz (the one where the training camp took place) or The Climb and to setters like Marco Jubes or Carlos Catari, things are changing fast, but Spain still has a lot of catching-up to do.

As you can see in the video, the Spanish team is young and full of motivation. We wish them all the best and hope to see them way up in the scoreboards in future comps.

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