Halls and Walls, the annual climbing hall convention of the German Alpine Club (Deutscher Alpenverein, DAV), took place in Nuremberg, Germany, on the 23rd-24th November. The DAV welcomed IFSC Vice-President Sport/Events Kobinata Toru and Sport Director Silvia Verdolini in Nuremberg to share plans for the IFSC Official Sport Equipment Catalogue with the climbing industry.
The convention saw exhibitions from some of the biggest brands in the climbing world, with 2018’s hottest products on display and expert discussions surrounding the latest topics and issues in our sport, from climber health and safety to climbing wall management and maintenance. Talks also offered insight into the latest apps, software and technology for monitoring safety and personal progression in climbing.
IFSC Vice-President Sport/Events Kobinata Toru and Sport Director Silvia Verdolini introduced plans for the IFSC Official Sport Equipment Catalogue to the industry, an initiative which aims to make the playing field fairer across international IFSC events. The catalogue will contain details of IFSC approved equipment such as holds, volumes and macros and in future, IFSC events will use only IFSC Official Sport Equipment within the Field of Play. Using the same equipment at each IFSC event ensures that all stakeholders share the same experience, from athletes and National Federations to routesetters and event organisers.
“Halls and Walls was the perfect opportunity to introduce the IFSC Official Sport Equipment Catalogue to the industry,” declared Sport Director Silvia Verdolini. “I’d like to thank the DAV for their warm welcome of the IFSC at the convention, where we were able to obtain feedback from climbing professionals as well as obtain contacts from brands interested in applying for their equipment to feature in the Catalogue.”