"At this moment in China, there are more and more training companies and clubs that organise people to take part in this kind of mountaineering activity, so more and more people are taking part," said Ma Qiang, an IT worker competing in the climbing contest. "So I think in the future, China will produce a lot of highly-skilled climbers who will attempt high mountains along with all the foreigners."
_About one hundred people took part on Tuesday in the two-day competition, which culminated in climbs on two separate frozen waterfalls at Heilongtan, Black Dragon Pool. On one waterfall, over 100 metres (yards) and melting rapidly, climbers competed to be fastest to the top. On the other, they were tested on their ability to manoeuvre through holes and perilous overhangs.