Adventure Sports Climbing: 2012 Winter Teva Mountain Games Mixed Climbing Highlights

Adventure Sports Climbing: 2012 Winter Teva Mountain Games Mixed Climbing Highlights


“Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery” certainly rings true in the case of the enormously successful Teva Mountain Games in Vail as the Vail Valley Foundation announced plans for a new Winter Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer event to be held February 9-12, 2012. The announcement was made today at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City.

“The idea of a Winter Mountain Games is something we have talked about for several years,” explained Ceil Folz, President of the Vail Valley Foundation. “We believe the success of the Summer Mountain Games lends itself well to creating a similar event for the winter season. And with great collaboration from partners like Eddie Bauer and Vail, we are able to make this happen.”

With the inaugural event set for 2012 in Vail, the Foundation plans to utilize the summer model to create a similar vibe among outdoor winter adventure athletes and fans. Created in 2002, the human powered, environmentally-friendly Mountain Games has quickly grown to the point of hosting more than 2,500 adventure athletes and 40,000 spectators over the course of the annual four-day event.


History of Climbing:

The movement in the vertical dimension – climbing – takes different names, depending on the ground (mountaineering, hiking, ice-climbing, etc.)

Today’s climbers of all ages can enjoy sport climbing all around the world, challenging gravity and themselves in safety on nature’s beautiful rocks. The natural human desire is for more commitment, excellence and challenge. Leaving mother nature unspoiled, boys and girls, men and women climb faster and faster, higher and higher, stronger and stronger.

Organized competitions started in the former USSR in the late 40’s, when speed events were organized. These contests were mostly reserved to Soviet climbers until the 80’s. In 1985, in Bardonecchia, an Olympic town not far from Torino, Italy, a group leaded by Andrea Mellano, member of the Academic Group of CAI, and Emanuele Cassarà, well known Italian sport journalist, convened the best climbers to “Sportroccia”, the first official difficulty contest ever, on a natural crag in Valle Stretta. Thousand of spectators were amazed by the victory of German Stefan Glowacz.

The sport has gained credibility not only because of its spectacular competitions, but also for its social values, witnessed by its introduction as a curricular-scholar sport in many countries, and special programmes that are under study for disables and other disadvantaged individuals. The quick development and growth, now also registered in many developing countries, prove that this sport can be proposed as an alternative, young, spectacular activity to people of all ages, everywhere.

Courtesy IFSC


Highlights from the 2012 Winter Teva Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer Mixed Climbing event. The event pits a select group of invited elite climbers against each other on side-by-side mirror-images routes. Climbers climb both routes and the fastest combined time wins.

The Winter Teva Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. Complete event details can be found at