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Sport caving at the Olympics
« on: August 05, 2021, 07:38:12 pm »
I'm sure you'll have heard about the introduction of sport climbing at the Olympics.  I've watched a few rounds and was quite engrossed.  Hopefully it will inspire many more people to have a go at climbing.  It got me thinking that if caving ever got into the Olympics how would it be done?

FYI - Olympic sport climbing is a three part competition.  First speed climbing where you climb a set route to hit a buzzer in the fastest possible time (something like six seconds).  Then there are four boulder problems to complete which even the best in the world can't do all of.  Finally it is the lead climb.  A huge overhanging 15m wall which is enormously difficult.  You are marked on the highest hold you get to and in qualifying no one got to the top!!  Impressive stuff.

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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2021, 07:47:14 pm »
Does this mean we could get to cheer on Mark Wright stuffing a rope-bag at Paris 2024? :)

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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2021, 07:50:33 pm »
A similar multi part event would be representative of the variety of skills that the average caver needs. For example

- SRT obstacle course (timed, strict "2 points of attachment" rules)
- Squeeze machine
- Getting into an oversuit by the side of the road (timed, with time penalties for flashing the judges)

All of which must be done after failing a doping test for performance diminishing drugs?

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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2021, 07:56:03 pm »
Tunnel digging   ;D
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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2021, 08:17:04 pm »
It got me thinking that if caving ever got into the Olympics how would it be done?

It wouldn't be won by anyone from the UK, is a pretty safe bet, putting it mildly. Overseas caving is decades ahead of us. For example...


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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2021, 08:23:14 pm »
Digging, definitely. It would provide continuity between competitions - go back 4 years later and see what progress each team had made.

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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2021, 05:11:34 am »
It wouldn't be won by anyone from the UK, is a pretty safe bet, putting it mildly. Overseas caving is decades ahead of us. For example...

There's downsides to making kids that young go caving (I know, I'm speaking heresy).

My missus was on a school trip to France. She was made to go caving. Sounds like a squeeze or 3, and while she did it, she's flat refused to even set foot underground in even the easiest walk-in mine or cave I can find. I'm very confident she would if this hadn't of happened. You need to be careful in how you introduce kids to what's a completely alien environment to them.
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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2021, 08:14:12 am »
I'm sure you'll have heard about the introduction of sport climbing at the Olympics.  I've watched a few rounds and was quite engrossed.  Hopefully it will inspire many more people to have a go at climbing.  It got me thinking that if caving ever got into the Olympics how would it be done?

FYI - Olympic sport climbing is a three part competition.  First speed climbing where you climb a set route to hit a buzzer in the fastest possible time (something like six seconds).  Then there are four boulder problems to complete which even the best in the world can't do all of.  Finally it is the lead climb.  A huge overhanging 15m wall which is enormously difficult.  You are marked on the highest hold you get to and in qualifying no one got to the top!!  Impressive stuff.

I think the chances of caving getting to to Olympics are pretty much zero, having said that there are a lot of things there that shouldn't be   :-\,  maybe darts next  :lol: . But must agree the climbing talent is nothing short of remarkable !
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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2021, 08:47:53 am »
The current sport climbing is using:
Speed Climbing => analogy could be Speed SRT - time to climb, changeover, and descend a 30 m free-hanging single rope

Bouldering => A series of artificial caves with lots of twists, turns and squeezes, where you have to contort your body in a certain way to get through - scored on number of obstacles passed or time taken to complete. Or could be done like the showjumping - scored on fewest artificial stalactites knocked off. Artificial caves could be made transparent for the TV cameras

Lead Climbing => How about an SRT course with pre-fixed anchors where you have to rig as you go - and have to use every anchor provided - perhaps with a few traverses and rebelays along the way. Descend, rigging as you go down, then ascend, derigging as you go back up - fixed time limit

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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2021, 09:05:08 am »
Does this mean we could get to cheer on Mark Wright stuffing a rope-bag at Paris 2024? :)

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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2021, 12:11:16 pm »
Does this mean we could get to cheer on Mark Wright stuffing a rope-bag at Paris 2024? :)

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Real ale-drinking / pie-eating / beard-cleaning.


Talking of eating has anybody see this guy eat FFS, not as good as furious pete but still impressive ! :o :o


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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2021, 12:23:13 pm »
Pie eating is a pretty important part of my life but I didn't discover that you could do it without a flat cap until I was over 40. None of that puff pastry nonsense mid you.

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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2021, 12:56:01 pm »
Combine with one of the shooting events. Dodging the gamekeeper/farmer to reach an entrance you aren't supposed to be.
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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2021, 01:02:22 pm »
They could get two cavers with opposing views on something contentious, like reform of the BCA or Draenen access. Then just use the same rules as boxing.

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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2021, 02:28:20 pm »
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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2021, 04:38:05 pm »
Speed /timed bolting could be interesting to watch :blink:

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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2021, 05:03:44 pm »
Speed /timed bolting could be interesting to watch :blink:

I'm imagining something a bit like this, but with a bolting hammer and spits  :lol:


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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2021, 05:16:07 pm »
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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2021, 09:18:28 pm »
I like the idea of the 3 stage competition with points for:

1. Why you can't actually go caving that weekend.

2. Which injuries you are currently suffering with that mean you won't be at peak performance that weekend.

3. Why you would do a long trip but you have to be back to (fill in the excuse) which means you'll have to be out by 3pm

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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2021, 10:09:27 pm »
Maybe makita and concrete screws,and a hydro jaw test for the points? Think we should get pwhole up for the qualifying  round :thumbsup:

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Re: Sport caving at the Olympics
« Reply #20 on: August 06, 2021, 10:43:42 pm »
What about heavy rock capping?  Splitting progressively larger rocks against the clock and, in the event of a tie, a count back on the number of fingers left?

 

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