This is the eighth edition of the Le Mur 24 Hours and is the only French event to be included in the calendar of the International Mountain Climbing Federation (IFSC.) It is held on October fifth and sixth in Oloron Sainte-Marie in the Pyrenees, there are some 250 participants and nearly 5,000 spectators. McColl won last year. The rules are simple, 24 hours to achieve maximum points by climbing any or all of the 80 routes. It is Open to all, the event allows fans to “climb” alongside their idols. Routes are graded 5c to 8b. Points are gained by the climbers top-five hardest routes. In the end, there will be 32 finalists: eight men and eight women amateurs, eight men and eight women experts. Around the competition, many events are held throughout the weekend in a festive “Made in South-West” atmosphere. Wall climbing for children, aperitif offered by the club, gourmet and festive meal on Saturday night, free jazz and rock concerts, and many exhibitors host the event. Not to mention, the three main phases which will punctuate the weekend: Extreme Challenge Diablo routes, the Amateur Finals and the Grand Final Experts.
Sean McColl qualified early on Saturday for the 24 Hours, sending: 8a (13b) onsight 8a+ (13c) onsight 8b (13d) onsight 8a+ (13c) onsight 8b (13d) onsight 8c (14b) flash
He continued on to win the event on Sunday, it was his third victory at the 24 Hours. Mathilde Becerra won the women’s event.
McColl recently sent Dessechement Planetaire, 5.14b, in Gorges Du Tarn, France. McColl said, “I was close to a flash on my first attempt, same second attempt and sent third go. Awesome line.”