The Magenta hydraulic wall with wood panels, in Noumea, has burned down.
The Magenta climbing wall in Noumea, New Caledonia, which is supposed to host the IFSC Climbing World Youth Championship, in August 2014, in lead and speed, was largely destroyed by a fire in December. No cause has been given.
The backbone structure, made of concrete and metal, still stands, but the wall is gone. The French Federation of Climbing (FFME) is waiting for the results from an expert’s analysis to know more.
As of today, despite the damages, the championship organization is still on and cancelling the event is not on the agenda. The FFME and the local officials are committed to have the same Magenta for the competition.
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The planning regarding the new wall construction has started with an expected delivery at the end of April. The artificial climbing structure should be built and ready to use in Noumea by mid-July, a month before the World Youth Championships.