20.07.2010 · Olympiapark München GmbH

Climbing in the heart of the city

Climbing in the heart of the city

How about a great weekend outdoors? Not in the mountains, but in the heart of the city instead! Impossible? Actually, it’s not! Outdoors is big, and for the first time ever, there’s now a festival for the huge outdoor community: The SportScheck OutdoorFestival in the Olympic Stadium from 30th July to 1st August 2010. In the arena under the tent roof, you'll find everything: high wire area, climbing walls, slack lines, MTB course, abseiling, Flying Fox, trail running, Radio Gong show stage and much more ...

As well as all these types of sport to try out, there’s of course a brilliant collection of framework events and a huge marketplace, along with a film festival. The sporting highlight is the IFSC DAV Boulder Wold Cup, with the final being held on 31st July.

For little ones and not-so-little-ones, for novices and professionals, the Olympic Park has an entertaining and diverse programme of events to offer. Many major suppliers and brands, such as Vaude, Salewa, Mammut or Salomon, have followed this concept. Consequently, you can not only get yourself active, but also learn about the varied outdoor opportunities and buy first-class products on site (with a ten per cent trade fair discount!).

The tent roof tours, of course, are particularly spectacular. On these, you can abseil from the Olympic roof into the arena or be carried from one end of the stadium to another with a Flying Fox. It’s only for looking at, but even more spectacular is the 50-metre-long high wire between two pylons in the Olympic Stadium (pillars standing around 70 metres tall) that only professionals can walk on.

The mountain rescue service will also be there, demonstrating a mock rescue of a stranded climber. In the arena, the specialists of the Alpine rescue team will also be showing avalanche search dogs in a simulated operation, along with first aid for children.

On the lawn of the Olympic Stadium, there will also be one of Europe’s largest high wire areas. There, up to twelve people can test their limits simultaneously, as well as performing just as many climbing and balancing exercises.

The German Alpine Association will be hosting two climbing towers, each just under eight metres tall, with routes for beginners and more advanced climbers. Anyone looking for some trendy “hanging” and keen to practice balance training will find just what they're looking for on the slack lines. Action is also the order of the day for mountain bikers, with facilities for trying out Scott MTB bikes on a specially-built course that goes out of the stadium and through the Olympic Park’s hilly landscape. The trail running course also winds its way through the grounds of the park.

The fire brigade will also be on hand, performing some exciting manoeuvres. Visitors (children over the age of 7), for example, while secured to a cable, can climb the 30-metre-long turntable ladder at an angle of 70 degrees. And with “Vertical Rope Running”, the heights reach a dizzying 50 metres. The mock high rescue will also be a real nerve-tingling experience.

Keyword – children: The Sports Department of the LH Munich offers a great start to the holidays for children and young people with an outdoor experience world, an outdoor fun triathlon and games and fun for little ones.

A day packed so full of adventure as the one at the SportScheck OutdoorFestival is bound to make everyone hungry. And there’s plenty to choose from to fill hungry tummies. Numerous food stations will cater to every taste. And maybe one or two people might like to take a look at the spectacular pictures from the wide world of the outdoor scene while they’re enjoying a break. If so, head for the giant screen in the Olympic Stadium, where films featuring stunning scenes full of action set against splendid landscapes will be shown all day long.

And to ensure that all visitors are always kept up to date with all these activities going on, a presenter on the Radio Gong show stage will be guiding everyone through the programme.

For further information, visit www.impark.de.