On June 4, 2011, the sixth edition of GrimpDay took place in Belgium.
Teams from all across Europe gathered at the ancient walls of the Citadelle de Namur to take part in the event.
A truly international event
Each year this dangerous rescue challenge attracts participants from new nations and is now a truly international event. A total of 40 teams competed including 13 Belgian and 27 foreign teams. The presence of Australian firefighters points toward an ever-broadening global appeal for the next event.
The tests: a return to the basics of rescue in dangerous places
Different tests were used to evaluate the teams on reverse zip line techniques, stretcher transport with an emphasis on mobile pulleys (PRM), stretcher transport across sloping terrain, technical passages using ropes…
Particularly difficult conditions
All the participants agreed this edition was very physical and was made even more difficult by the unusually warm weather. At the end of the day, the fatigue showing on a lot of people's faces told the whole story.
From the Petzl stand
The Petzl tent was located on the course and distributed more than 400 bananas, hundreds of apples, and lots and lots of water bottles.
The winners of this event were the firemen of Neufchâtel, Switzerland, who claimed their third victory in three appearances. They were followed by the firefighters from Namur – sponsored by Petzl – who made an excellent showing. Placing third were the para-commandos from Marche les Dames who are also sponsored by Petzl.
A party featuring a lively group of musicians ended the event in a fun and festive style.