This month I was invited to the most special event I have ever taken part in – The Red Bull White Cliffs at the Isle of Wight.
The competition brought together some of the world’s best ice climbers in an attempt to scale the impressive 115 meter chalk cliffs at Scratchell’s Bay in the fastest possible time.
Lasting an entire weekend the competition kicked off on the Friday. Every climber had 35 minutes of time to try the route and get used to this particular kind of rock.
On Saturday, for Qualification, each climber had 2 attempts to tackle the lower 30 meters of the route with the fastest attempt counted. The fastest men did about 5.30 minutes while the fastest girl, which was me, did 6.30 minutes.
Sunday arrived and it was most definitely show time. The competitive edge kicked in and each climber gave it their all in an attempt to reach the top as fast as they could. Finding a fast rhythm that I could maintain until the end, I finished the route in 21.30 minutes, two and a half minutes ahead of strong climbers HaNaRai Song and Sarah Hueniken.
The first three men finished with an incredible distance of only 3 and 8 seconds behind the UK climber Tim Emmett who reached the top with an epic winning time of 16.48 seconds.
Climbing in this unique place, on this special rock, together with good friends from all over the world made this one of the best competitions I have ever participated and winning here for me will be unforgettable.