Athletes are competing on two parallel routes, equally difficult. The first one to get on top wins. After a first qualification trial, that decides who’s going to duel against whom in the first round, climbers compete in a series of duels, with direct elimination, until the last final on vs. one battle for the title.
A highly spectacular mix of difficulty and velocity and a 25 m wall to climb in a little more than a minute. Strategy, determination, rapidity, explosiveness, action, and will to fight until the last moment: these are the ingredients of a legendary duel between Jakob Schubert and Adam Ondra at Rock Master, in 2016. Ondra won that year, and in 2017 he climbed in less than a minute, winning against the Italian Marcello Bombardi. He won once again in 2018, against Sean Mccoll. As for the ladies’, Janja Garnbret, from Slovenia, is a climbing “Wonder Woman”: she dominated in 2016 and 2018.
There’s something new this year: climbers will have the chance to try the route the day before the race. They will look for the right solutions for climbing the distance in less time.