The Formation of the HardMoves Boulderleague
Winter 2007/2008 saw the first season of the HardMoves at the DAV Kletterzentrum Wupperwände. With some successful and well-established competitions in the area already – most notably Soulmoves, Rock & Jump and the Kölner Bouldernacht – climbers and boulderers Tobias Reichert, Thomas Schulte and Arndt Wilmanns were keen to devise a new format for a bouldering comp in Wuppertal.
The HardMoves gave bouldering comps a fresh twist by giving athletes more time to qualify for the final. Instead of a single day, boulderers have six weeks to crimp, pinch and mantle themselves into one of the spots for the final. Within this period they can visit the gym and work on the problems as often as they like. Every problem sent earns them one point. In the end the top 100 lads and ladies made it into the final. More than 250 athletes joined the HardMoves fray in its inaugural 2007/2008 season.
In May 2009 Thomas Schulte, until then one of the creative masterminds behind the HardMoves and chief route setter at the Wupperwände, died. During his many conversations with Arndt, Tobias and Christian, but also other gym operators and friends, such as Gregor Jäger (Kletterfabrik, Cologne), Thomas had frequently mentioned his idea of a bouldering or climbing league.
In the summer of 2009 Christian spent several weeks climbing in Norway. During one of those long evenings spent chatting with Götz Wiechmann (Vertical World, Kassel) the idea of organising a joint bouldering event was born.
Christian, Arndt, Tobias and Florian Kops, whose design think tank gave birth to the HardMoves logo, then wrote up the concept and distributed it across their network. The feedback they received was very positive and encouraging throughout, and so they kept on working on their vision of a bouldering league …
Thanks to all the gyms that helped and help us on our road from vision to Boulderleague. Thanks also to Florian Kops, Friederike Kops, Boris Kühne, Gerhard Wust, Udo Neumann und many, many more for their support.