success at Arco (Trentino - Lake Garda)
the European Youth climbing Festival
If Arco equals climbing, then the Rock Junior is its future. The
second day of the great European Youth climbing meeting, or rather,
the European Youth Climbing Days - Rock Junior, turned out be a
great party. This fantastic youth climbing festival was fueled by
the enthusiasm of more than 2500 participants, from young and even
younger climbers to their parents, all of whom participated in two
days of climbing and games. And, of course, the European Under 14
Cup, reserved for the best young European climbers who competed
on the impressive and mythical Rock Master wall.
two days the climbing Stadium was transformed for these young climbers,
who came in all different shapes and sizes and spoke a myriad of
different languages. 14 different nationalities were represented
on the green lawn beneath the Colodri wall which, for the occasion,
was transformed into a great amusement park for the young. Climbers
from Italy, Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium, England, Sweden,
Hungary, Czech Republic, Russia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia and
the Ukraine were all united by one common passion: climbing both
as a sport and a game. All, from the youngest to the oldest, released
their incredible energy, and immense desire to climb.
found their own, personal dimension. Starting with the impressively
determined and able athletes who travelled here for the European
Under 14 Cup, and finishing with the youngest climbers taking part
in the Kid's Rock, climbing lines which resembled nature such as
crossing tree trunks, the river or the sweets climb.
bouncy castle and slide were a particular favorite and the children
literally assaulted this ascent. And many continued with the fun,
crossing the River Sarca on the Tyrolean traverse and, for the smallest,
drawing in the arts laboratory. Many mini climbers chose to test
their physical capacities and plan their training programs under
the supervision of the University of Perugia professors Paola Gigliotti
and Prof. Francesco Coscia.
second round of the European Under 14 Cup was won as follows: category
A (1992/93) Arman Ter-Mynasyan from Russian and Johanna Ernst from
Austria; category B (1994/95) Domen Skofic and Vita Osolin from
Slovenia, while category C (1996/97/98) was won by Julija Kruder
from Slovenia and Markus Ladurner from Italy, the best Italian athlete
together with Jessica Morandi from Arco who won the Italian trophy
yesterday and European Speed.
what really counts at the Rock Junior, more so than anything else,
is taking part. And so this great open air festival came to a close
with an event shared by both parents and children, the Family Rock.
50 pairs of parents and their young ones took part in this exciting
relay on the speed wall. Pairs "passed the baton" at half
height and, at the same time, took part in a game which has few
equals in other sports and which was perhaps the most interesting
aspect of these two beautiful climbing days at Arco. Two days of
happiness and joy, documented also by Disney Channel, which prepared
two showings of the event and the climbing.
4th edition of the Rock Junior was a great success therefore, thanks
to the participants and the impeccable organisation. This was headed
by the Associazione Rock Master di Arco, with the indispensable
collaboration of the Associazione Sportiva Arco Climbing, the FASI
(Federazione Arrampicata Sportiva Italiana) and the help of the
Guardia di Finanza, the Polizia, the Carabinieri, the SAT mountain
rescue service and the mountain guides Friends of Arco, who all
worked to guarantee the participant's safety. Once again their help
contributed in making Arco the world's climbing capital.
also go to the institutions, the Autonomous Province of Trento,
the Comune di Arco, Cassa Rurale Alto Garda, Ingarda Spa, Azienda
Municipalizzata Sviluppo Arco, and the technical sponsors The North
Face, La Sportiva, Cassin, Sint Roc & Ecogrips, Pareti and PlanetMountain
who all made this festival for young climbers possible.
Office Rock Junior
Tel. +39 049 8808423
ASSOCIAZIONE ROCK MASTER
C.P. 60 38062 ARCO TN
TEL 0464 516830
FAX 0464 517691