2019 World Cup Youth Team Applications Now Open!

Athletes interested in the Ice Climbing Youth World Championship February 28 - March 2 in Oulu, Finland, must complete the google form application by 11:59PM MST on October 4, 2018.  

 The American Alpine Club will make their selections and athletes will be notified by October 18.

 The USA can send 6 men and 6 women in each of 3 age categories. Athletes must turn 12 (or older) in 2019 to participate.

AGE CATEGORIES

U22 - Must be under 22 years of age for the whole year of 2019 (born 1998, 1999, 2000)

U19 - Must be under 19 years of age for the whole year of 2019 (born 2001, 2002, 2003)

U16 - Must be under 16 years of age for the whole year of 2019 (born 2004, 2005, 2006)

GUIDELINES

As the future of Ice Climbing competition is headed toward combined difficulty and speed events, priority will be given to athletes who compete in both.

Since we are working to develop a team, priority will be given to athletes who are competing in local, regional, and national competitions, and who plan to compete in future years.

We encourage people who are experienced competitors in any form of climbing to apply.

 4 spots per gender per age category will be selected based on the following Performance Criteria:

  • 2018 Ice Climbing Youth World Championship results

  • National ranking from the 2018 season

  • Ranking in previous dry/mixed/ice competitions

  • 2019 season competitions you are planning to attend

  • Competition experience in any form of climbing

2 Development spots per gender per age category will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Historical competition participation

  • Number of competitions you are applying to compete in during the 2019 season

  • Current training plan

  • Competition experience in any form of climbing

  • 2018 Ice Climbing Youth World Championship results

  • National ranking from the 2018 season

In the event that participants are only competing in either Speed or Difficulty (and not both) the AAC will select enough athletes to be able to field a team consisting of 6 men and 6 women for the Speed portion and 6 men and 6 women for the Difficulty portion in each age category.

In the event that there are not 4 performance or 2 developmental applicants, in an age category, that are qualified to participate at the international level, the allocation numbers will be adjusted.


Photo by M. Garcia, USA Youth Ice Team. 


 

2019 World Cup Ice Climbing Team Selection

As a Member Federation to the UIAA, the American Alpine Club is responsible for selecting the 2019 USA World Cup Ice Climbing Team. 

Athletes interested in competing in any of the Ice Climbing World Cup & World Championship events must complete the google form application by 11:59pm MST on September 25, 2018.  

The American Alpine Club will make their selections and athletes will be notified by October 5.

USA World Cup Team Selection:

  • The USA can send up to 8 men and 8 women in each of Difficulty (Lead) and Speed to each World Cup event, including the Denver World Cup in 2019.  For World Championship events the quota is 3 men and 3 women.
     
  • As the future of Ice Climbing competition is headed toward combined difficulty and speed events, priority will be given to athletes who compete in both.
     
  • Since we are working to develop a team, priority will be given to athletes who are competing in more than one World Cup event, and who plan to compete in future years.
     
  • Athletes must turn 16 or older before the end of 2019 (born 2003 or later).
     
  • We encourage people who are experienced competitors in any form of climbing to apply.


6 spots per gender will be selected based on the following performance criteria:

  1. National ranking from the 2018 season (top 2 spots are guaranteed participation)
  2. Highest rankings in each of the categories (Difficulty and Speed) from the 2016, 2017 and 2018 World Cup seasons
  3. Ranking in previous non-World Cup competitions (e.g. Ouray, Bozeman, Michigan Ice Festivals)
  4. Number of World Cup competitions you are applying to compete in during the 2019 season
  5. Competition experience in any form of climbing

2 Development spots per gender will be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Historical competition participation
  2. Number of competitions you are applying to compete in during the 2019 season
  3. Current training plan
  4. Competition experience in any form of climbing
  5. National ranking from the 2018 season
  • In the event that participants are only competing in either Speed or Difficulty (and not both) the AAC will select enough athletes to be able to field a team consisting of 8 men and 8 women for the Speed portion and 8 men and 8 women for the Difficulty portion.
     
  • In the event that there are not 6 performance or 2 developmental applicants that are qualified to participate at the international level, the allocation numbers will be adjusted.

2019 World Cup Ice Climbing Finals in Denver

February 22-24, 2019
Civic Center Park, Denver

The American Alpine Club is hosting the USA World Cup Ice Climbing Finals in Denver. This event is free and open to the public to attend and watch over 120 athletes from over 20 countries compete in Lead and Speed competitions. 

At-A-Glance
Friday, February 22: Athlete Registration, Opening Ceremony, Dinner
Saturday, February 23: Speed Climbing Qualifying & Semi-Finals, Lead Qualifying
Sunday, February 24: Speed Finals, Lead Finals, Award Ceremony, Ticketed VIP Party

Athletes interested in competing in this, or any World Cup competition must fill out an application by September 25 by midnight MST.

Information and the application can be found here.

2019 World Cup Schedule

January 11-13 South Korea
January 18-20 China
January 24-26 Switzerland
February 1-3 Italy
February 8-10 France
February 22-24 USA