The Rock Master is a historic international sports climbing event, which was first held in 1987, and is part of the history and culture of Arco. This great competition will be held at the Climbing Stadium and will be organised by the sports association SSD Arrampicata Sportiva Arco. The town in Trentino has hosted the Rock Master Duel since 2000 – this year the competition will take place on Saturday 31st August – and Adam Ondra, an almost ‘naturalized’ Italian and known sporting face in Garda Trentino, won the last four editions of the event. The Czech champion will take part in the race with Jakob Schubert, Stefano Ghisolfi, Marcello Bombardi, Max Rudigier, Jan Hojer, Alberto Ginés López. Among the women there will be Hannah Schubert, Laura Rogora, Jenya Kazbekova, Mina Markovic, Mia Krampl, Claudia Ghisolfi and Molly Thompson. The Italian Stefano Ghisolfi – best Italian athlete in the climbing World Cup lead and three gold medals in the World Cup – will however be able to give the others a hard time (he was fourth overall last year) together with the other athlete of the Italian national team Marcello Bombardi. The Austrian Jakob Schubert – who raced to third place at the Rock Master Duel 2018 – does not need any introduction. His sister Hannah has a household name, while for the little star Laura Rogora – Italian bouldering and lead champion and bouldering youth world champion – the sky is the real limit. For Jenya Kazbekova climbing is “a way of life” since she is the daughter of Serik Kazbekov – Speed Climbing champion in the 90s – and Natalia Perlova, bouldering champion. After Ukraine, Slovenia, a country that despite its small size boasts an infinite number of world-class climbers, including Mina Markovic, the “psychologist climber”, and the young Mia Krampl, 3rd place in the world ranking. Claudia Ghisolfi is another athlete who followed in her brother’s footsteps, while the British Molly Thompson has been climbing since she was a child. After the qualification rounds, which will determine the couples of the first heat, the athletes will compete in an exciting sequence of direct elimination duels: 1 minute to climb 20 metres of 8a. The invitation is reserved for all fans and curious people who can come to Arco to attend the Rock Master Duel. The ticket costs 15 euros and can be purchased at the ticket office of the Climbing Stadium. The show of the IFSC Climbing Youth World Championships lead, bouldering and speed from 22nd to 31st August is free. The IFSC Climbing Youth World Championships is ‘back’ to Arco after 2015 with an unmissable ten-day event to experience the essence of climbing in Trentino.