Azerbaijan hosts ice-climbing championship

ice-climbingAzerbaijan is capitalizing on its chilly winter weather by hosting an international ice-climbing championship on its frozen waterfalls (pictured).

The competition, jointly organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Extreme Sports Federation of Azerbaijan (FAIREX), kicked off last week in the Gusar region, with the final stage taking place later this weekend.

Competitors have gathered from around the world, including representatives from local sports clubs.   Participation in such competitions has been on the rise in recent years, as regional sports devotees flock to the challenging landscapes of Northern Azerbaijan.

Despite adverse conditions, the athletes have been displaying remarkable tenacity and agility on the ice so far.   At this rate, Azerbaijan and its frozen waterfalls could well become the ice-climbing capital of the world.