On the 23rd of May 2015, in the old capital of Bulgaria – Veliko Turnovo a new urban adventure place opened its doors and welcomed keen climbers from around the country (Bulgaria) for its first comp. After a month since the opening of the climbing gym the X-cult team that built the wall and manages the place organised a boulder competition which gathered some of the strongest Bulgarian climbers and among them many psyched and talented children.
The boulders were interesting and diverse. The run and jump start on one of the problems added some excitement in addition to the cool slab challenges.
The finals were relatively difficult, maybe we can ask Gaz Parry (UK pro climber who recently made Bulgaria his home and lives very close to Veliko Turnovo) who paid a short visit during the comp to give us his opinion on grades and style but judging by his obsession with Bulgarian rock we might have to wait for a rainy day to spot him in the gym.
All in all it felt good to have a well organised event in a quality boulder gym considering how difficult it is for the sport in a country as economically challenged as Bulgaria.