The West Coast Climbing team from Leiden has won the national youth boulder team ranking competition that was introduced by the Dutch Climbing Association (NKBV) this year. In 4 national qualification competitions the West Coast Climbers earned 1216 points, whereas the teams from MONK youth Eindhoven and Team Mountain Network who collected 1169 and 1069 points respectively. Although bouldering is an individual sport in principle, the NKBV stimulates with this new team ranking competition the team spirit and the breadth of the sport in general.
The popularity of bouldering in the Netherlands is rapidly growing. This climbing sport envisions climbing in- and outdoors to heights of 4,5 meters indoor and 30 meters outdoor without belaying. The routes vary in difficulty level from 3 trough 9a. Momentarily there are 20 boulder gyms throughout the Netherlands, plus three that are under construction. 25 teams enrolled in the NKBV youth boulder competition.
West Coast Climbing was set up by Jörg Franken two years ago, in order to train young boulder talents using modern intensive trainings methods. Franken, a climber himself, has been training young talents for over 20 years among who Jorg Verhoeven, the best climber of the Netherlands at this moment. Franken was trainer at the Regional Talent Centre West before he started with WCC. The West Coast Climbers train mainly in the boulder gym Kunststof in Leiden, but also frequent Energiehaven in Utrecht. In his PRO team are momentarily two climbers that are part of the national youth team (Jong Oranje), namely Tiba Vroom and Paul Brand, apart from a number of other talents. In the NEXT team there are several talents that score well at all qualification competitions, like Lisa Klem. Tiba Vroom was absent at the National Youth Boulder competitions 2018, since she was attending the World Cup in Moscow that same weekend.
At the National Youth Boulder competitions three West Coast Climbers earned medals: Lisa Klem got silver in the girls B group, Paul Brand deserved silver in the boys B group and Jouke Visser obtained the bronze medal in the boys C group!
Saturday April 21. 2018 MONK Boulder gym in Rotterdam
Yesterday the National Youth Championships 2018 were held in Boulder gym MONK in Rotterdam. The athletes, divided in three age groups (Junior 17-18 yrs, A 15-16 yrs, B 13-14 yrs, C 11-12 yrs) and by gender, battled hard to obtain the champions title of the Netherlands. In the former factory hall located at the Ceintuurbaan a spectacular set of competition boulders had been built. Their difficulty turned out to be high, since some were only topped by 2 or 3 climbers!
The athletes had qualified for this national championship through their results in four preceding competitions in Groningen, The Hague, Enschede and Arnhem. Climbers that ranked 1 through 8 after these matches qualified to participate.
In the category “junior boys” Don van Laere was best (Jong Oranje, Team Delfts Bleau). Best “junior girls” was Julia Meijer (Jong Oranje, MONK Eindhoven). Best boys A: Jens de Louw (Jong Oranje, Team Mountain Network), best girls A: Pleun Frank (MONK Jeugd Amsterdam). Best boys B: Ynze Visser (Jong Oranje), best girls B: Lies van Raaij (Team Delfts Bleau), best boys C: Ferbe Verburg, best girls C: Noor Witte (Team Kids from the Block).
From the West Coast Climbing (WCC) team Paul Brand (boys B) and Lisa Klem (girls B) both were second best in their categories. Jouke Visser (boys C) won bronze! Hidde Bakker and Torben van Kolfschoten ended 6th and 8th respectively in the boys A group, with very tough competition from seasoned climbers Jens de Louw and Leto Cave.
This year the Dutch Climbing association (NKBV) introduced a team ranking competition, which was won by the West Coast Climbing team led by Jörg Franken. In the qualification competition the West Coast Climbers earned 1216 points. The MONK Eindhoven team (1169 pts) was second and Team Mountain Network third (1069 pts).
The third edition of Boulders & Beats in bouldercenter “De Campus” in The Hague has been won by Hidde Bakker (15 yrs) in the men’s section. Hidde topped 24 boulders (out of 25) and flashed 20 of them. 4 boulders were of high difficulty (>7a) according to Hidde. Hidde started bouldering one and a half years ago at the Climbing Center in Haarlem. Two and a half months ago he has joined Jörg Franken’s PRO team of West Coast Climbing (WCC) in Leiden. Paul Brand (14 yrs), who also trains with WCC and who is part of the national “Jong Oranje” selection, ended up third place. In the womens department WCC climber Lisa Klem (13 yrs) conquered second place.
Trevor Vermoolen went on a climbing trip to Spain with his buddy Lencho Palstra and visited the boulder area Crevillent. Here Trevor sends his first 8A: La Bestia Parda. Trevor also crushed some 7C’s and 7B’s. So far Trevor particularly climbed classic seventh grade boulders at Fontainebleau. Check his 8a.nu ranking. He is really psyched about climbing the next level.