With weather more akin to a balmy July than early October, 15 of the world’s best ice and adventure climbers made the ferry crossing from the mainland to experience the beautiful and rugged coastline of the Isle of Wight and climb the towering cliffs over Scratchall’s Bay.
Set with the task of scaling the 115m overhanging chalk cliff in the shortest time possible pushed the climbers to the limit all weekend, challenging stamina, endurance and skill in a new way.
Following a day of practice and qualification, the competition started in earnest and Angelina Rainer took her strong qualifying form into the finals where she prevailed as champion. The men’s competition saw the top 3 climbers separated by just 11 seconds with UK climber Emmett ensuring the title returned to these shores.
Speaking of her victory Angelika said:
“It is such a great feeling…it is probably the most amazing competition I have ever been involved in, at such an incredible location. The climb was unforgettable and to be able to climb in such a unique place was really a joy.”
Whilst Tim spoke of his victory at Red Bull White Cliffs…
“It’s such a brilliant opportunity to climb with some of the best climbers in the world and it’s good to keep it local!”
Marino Zanti, general manager, The Needles Landmark attraction said:
“We were again delighted to play our part in welcoming Red Bull to such an iconic destination. Our famous chairlift was appreciated by the climbers who used it to travel down to Alum Bay allowing them to save their energy for the event.”
1st) Tim Emmett – 16:48:71
2nd) Jeff Mercier – 16:51:90
3rd) Alexey Tomilov – 16:59:80
1st) Angelika Rainer – 21:33:75
2nd) HanNaRai Song – 24:05:69
3rd) Sarah Hueniken – 29:36:43