The 2020 edition of Triglav the Rock featured a completely different format of competition compared to the previous edition.
This time, the competition was all about combining “campusing” – footless climbing and “DWS” – climbing above water. It was held in the capital of Slovenia, above the Ljubljanica river.
The whole idea of the competition was just crazy. I didn’t imagine, that I would be competing above Ljubljanica river one day.
The format of the competition was fairly simple and somewhat similar to the speed competition.
It consisted of a qualification round and knockout round.
The qualification round was used to make pairs. The climbers were scored based on the height and time. E.g if two climbers had the same height, the one faster to reach the height was better.
The knockout round started with 16 people put in pairs. This time you only had to be better than your opponent and not the rest of the climbers. With each successful win, you advanced in the bracket which eventually ended with small-final and big-final. Luckily I was able to be part of the big-final!
The wall was set 6 meters above the river and was 15 meters long.
The route consisted of two different colours of holds. Women were allowed to use all the holds, while the men were only allowed to use the orange ones. Overall there were about 25 moves in the route.
Qualifications started at 18:00. Since there was no warm-up wall near the venue, everyone had to warm up in one of the local climbing gyms. It was important to place high in rank in order to have easier first round of the knockout.
The knockout round started right after the qualifications. There were 8 pairs in each category.
Every climber was transported from the shore of the river with a small boat to the ladder, that lead to the start of the route. From there there was only one way down – jump into the water.
Personally I was enjoying the competition more with every consecutive round. I was really adjusting to the route with every run and could feel that I was conserving with energy and at the same time climbing faster.
I think that was the main reason I made it to the big-final. My climbing was fast and precise. Nevertheless, with a small mistake at the very end I miss-hit the hold and plunged head-first into the water. I had to satisfy with 2nd place.
Below you can find video of my final run with Jernej Kruder: https://www.facebook.com/TriglavTheRockLjubljana/videos/645603466354476/
Or from a different angle:
Recap of the event
It’s really hard to capture all the action in words, so if you weren’t there, make sure to check out the recap at (it’s sadly only in Slovene):
You can check out my report of 2019 edition of the event here: