Climb Insider: Olympic walls, impacts, and Vail

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image of alex johnson in competition

image of alex johnson in competition

Just a few thoughts

The Paris Olympics are less than two months away. The walls have been unveiled, and there are still 24 tickets up for grabs at the Budapest qualifer in two weeks. But in the meantime, the annual Vail Mountain Games begin today.

Personal note: Before becoming a World Cup, Vail was still a major stop for pro comp climbers, and I was privileged to organize the ’04-’06 events. We pioneered a few formats like speed bouldering and freestyle dyno (above is Alex Johnson nailing a dyno during practice in ’05 while Daniel Woods, Ethan Pringle and others look on). It was so much fun with friends despite the back-breaking work, like moving a few tons of sandbags to and from the site to hold the landing together. The boulder had no cover, and more than once rain and snow interfered with the action. It’s been awesome to watch that early legacy develop into the world-class event it is today. Good luck competitors! -Scott

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