7th Park Young Seok Open Wall Climbing Competition Concludes

February 02, 2020

Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) in association with Park Young Seok Exploration and Culture Foundation  organized the seventh edition of the Park Young Seok Climbing Competition- 2020 on  1st and 2nd February at  Pasang Lhamu Sports Climbing Center, Dhumbarahi in memory  of Late Park Young Seok. The event was targeted to promote sports climbing in Nepal among young people. The event welcomed young athletes, professional athletes and amatuer climbers to participate in the event. The athletes ranged from 10 year old to 65 year old. Preliminary round in Lead and Top rope discipline took place on 1st February followed by finals on 2nd February. A total of 50 athletes in top rope and lead climbing participated in the competition. 

The winners of Men and Women lead climbing competition received Nrs30000, Nrs 20000 and Rs 10000 along with gift hampers, medals and certificates. The amatuer athletes in the top rope discipline the prizes were Nrs 10000, Nrs 5000 and Nrs 2500 respectively in the men and women category.

Pas Tenjen Sherpa finished first in the men’s top rope final competition whereas Suresh Tamang and Ujwal Bansi finished second and third respectively. In the women’s top rope category, Devika Pandey, Kabita Lama and Laxmi Pandey finished first, second and third respectively.

In the men’s lead competition, Bijay Sunar, Bhim Bahadur Tamang and Tintin Rai won the top three positions respectively. Likewise in the women’s lead competition, Alexandra Przybysz, Pancha Maya Tamang and Swastika Chaudhary have been announced the winners.

The chief guest of the closing ceremony, the Director General for Department of Tourism Mr. Dandu Raj Ghimire along with president of Union Alpine Association of Asia (UAAA)  Dr Inn Joeng Lee, Secretary of UAAA, Christine Pae, President of NMA Santa Bir Lama, General Secretary Mr Kul Bahadur Gurung and executive board members of NMA awarded the winners. 

The event was supported by Park Young Seok Exploration and Culture Foundation, Korean Alpine foundation, Union of Alpine Association of Asia, LEKI, The North Face and Visit Nepal 2020 secretariat.

Late Park Young-Seok  (November 2, 1963 - October 2011) was a South Korean mountaineer, who completed a True Explorers Grand Slam. He has climbed the world's 14 Eight-thousanders, the Seven Summits, and visited both poles. He holds the world's second fastest time for ascending the 14 Eight-thousanders, the Guinness World Record for climbing six of the 8,000-meter Himalayan peaks within one year, and another record for reaching the South Pole on foot in 44 days, self-sufficient and without any food re-supplies.




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