Climbing is one of the absolute trend sports, and where better to practice it than in the Alpine metropolis of Innsbruck! Whether outdoor or indoor, in Innsbruck there is a suitable option for everyone, whether professional, amateur climber or absolute beginner. The city of Innsbruck, the province of Tyrol, federal government and the Innsbruck Alpine Club set a special sign with the opening of the new climbing center Innsbruck in May 2017. It is one of the largest and most modern sports climbing facilities in the world! The integration of the Bundesleistungszentrum (BLZ) for competitive climbers makes the overall concept of this climbing facility unique: Hereby all requirements regarding training and events are fulfilled, both in popular and top sports.
Climbing fun on almost 6,000 square meters
From June 21 to 26, the Innsbruck Climbing Center (KI) will host the IFSC Climbing World Cup Innsbruck 2022 will take place. I took this as an opportunity to take a close look at the KI. Fabian Hochheimer, head of the Innsbruck climbing school, was kind enough to show us around. By us, I mean my sons and me. The KI is also super suitable for children. Of course, in compliance with certain rules and safety measures
First, a little information to show you that the KI is truly one of the largest and most modern sport climbing facilities in the world. Athletes can enjoy an incredible 5,900 square meters of climbing wall space: including 3,000 square meters of indoor rope climbing, 1,500 square meters of outdoor rope climbing, 1,050 square meters of indoor bouldering space, and 150 square meters of outdoor bouldering space. There is also a cozy bistro, a small weight room, a children's area, as well as a climbing store and equipment rental.
Full action - full fun - full safety
It is untypical for a Tyrolean, but I am an absolute climbing beginner. Although I am often with my boys in the climbing hall Telfs, we have never left the children's area. In my case, it would be more than just negligent to go alone to the climbing hall, and in the KI not allowed at all. As a beginner, you can only go climbing in the company of a competent person who takes full responsibility and also has the necessary instruction skills for this.
"But I recommend everyone to take a course, it's definitely best," Fabian explains to me. In a course, you learn the first climbing techniques in bouldering and rope climbing, as well as the proper use of the rope or even the use of the Toppas belay devices. There are even courses for children as young as 4 years old. So it's best to practice early. "With us, the focus is on fun for the little ones. It's not about turning 4-year-olds into professional climbers, but getting them excited about the sport and motivating them to train," says Fabian. I like that attitude!
Climbing with children
In the KI there is a separate, enclosed Children's areawhich is protected from noise and magnesium. Through a glass wall it is easily visible from the lead climbing hall. In this room the kids can climb around, run around, play, slide and much more. Here they playfully start their first climbing attempts can familiarize themselves with the wall. Although the children's area is specially designed to meet the needs of little climbers and is very safe, they should still not be left unsupervised. The climbing wall here has a height of just under three meters
Children and students under 14 years of age may only enter the climbing hall if accompanied by their parents, their climbing instructor or another competent and adult supervisor. If you accompany your child, but do not want to climb yourself, there is a reduced companion ticket.
If your child doesn't get enough of climbing and wants to do something sporty with his or her friends on their birthday, you can even organize a party at the KI
IFSC Climbing World Cup + European Cup Innsbruck 2022
From the kids we now come to the pros: Only one week after the University World Cup in Sport Climbing, from June 21 to 26 the IFSC Climbing World Cup Innsbruck-Tyrol 2022 will take place again at the KI. Four competitions will be held within six days: a European Speed Cup and World Cups in paraclimbing, bouldering and lead. Where otherwise hundreds of hobby climbers hang on the wall every day and the KVÖ national team trains in the federal training center, there is currently screwing and drilling. Within eleven days, about 150 tons of material will be moved. "In the meantime, we have a lot of know-how in terms of logistics due to the World Cup last year and the home World Cup 2018. But preparing everything for four individual disciplines is still an enormous effort that is only possible thanks to good planning and the help of many people involved," says KVÖ Managing Director Heiko Wilhelm.
If you don't want to miss this event with a great supporting program, you should get a move on. Since June 1, day tickets for the World Cup finals in paraclimbing, bouldering and lead can be purchased. "The advance sale has started very well. If someone doesn't have tickets yet, he or she should be quick," says Julia Pinggera, who is responsible for the events on the part of KVÖ.
Due to the competitions in June, normal climbing operations are somewhat limited. Up-to-date information can be found on the Instagram page of the KI - it's best to subscribe and stay up to date.
Alpine Club Climbing Center Innsbruck GmbH Sillside Innsbruck
Address: Matthias-Schmid-Straße 12c, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Tel: +43 512 39 73 40 0
Opening hours: open daily from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
The bistro is open until 11:00 pm
Arrival: best by public transport
IVB bus line B final stop Kletterzentrum Innsbruck
by train: stop Innsbruck Messe.
IFSC Climbing World Cup + European Cup Innsbruck 2022
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