On November 5, National Drytooling Festival 2017 started the new ice climbing season in the Vertical climbing center.
Although there are no high mountains in Kharkiv, mountaineering is a popular and loved activity here due to the local alpinist club enthusiasts who regularly hold climbing competitions and festivals. They also arrange climbing tours to the famous stunning mountains and take part in competitions worldwide.
This time the Festival gathered 47 ice-climbers from different regions of Ukraine. There were teams from Lviv and Zaporizhia, who showed great results. However, Kharkivites from National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” won the first prize.
“The main feature of the Festival was team competition. That meant the more athletes were presenting their club the more chances they had to win,” the organizers noted.
Soon, other official climbing events are to follow in Kharkiv. On November 18-19, Open Championship of the Kharkiv region on mountaineering 2017 will take place with results in team score and speed. On December 15-17, there will be the Ukrainian Mountaineering Championship in ice climbing and bouldering.
Text: Olena Sokolynska