Climbing Competitions

Our news pages cover climbing competitions around the world, from U.S. national championships to the World Cup. We cover bouldering, sport climbing, speed, and mixed climbing, giving you year-round coverage of the top performers.
  • Interview: World Cup Pro Delaney Miller

    Interview: World Cup Pro Delaney Miller

    We talk with U.S. champion and top 10 World Cup climber Delaney Miller.

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    Puccio Back in Top Form After Serious Knee Injury

    October 23, 2015 – On June 5, Alex Puccio injured her knee in a short fall while warming up for the World Cup bouldering comp in Vail, Colorado. Four months later, she's climbing V13.

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    Watch: Mascarenas, McColl Win Adidas Rockstars

    September 29, 2015 – American Megan Mascarenas and Canadian Sean McColl won the annual Adidas Rockstars invitational bouldering comp in Stuttgart, Germany.

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    Climbing Moves Step Closer to 2020 Olympics

    September 28, 2015 - The Tokyo organizing committee has recommended that sport climbing be included in the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Climbing joins skateboarding, surfing, baseball/softball, and karate among the sports organizers hope to include in the Tokyo Summer Olympics.

  • Climber Isaac Caldiero Wins American Ninja Warrior

    Climber Isaac Caldiero has become the first official winner of American Ninja Warrior after thousands of competitors, many of them climbers, participated over the course of seven seasons.

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    Climb of the Week: Double Gold for Ashima Shiraishi

    September 5, 2015 - Team USA performed extremely well at the 2015 World Youth Championships in Arco, Italy, but no one in the entire comp dominated like Ashima Shiraishi.

  • John Brosler (left) toes the line with Russian climber Georgy Artamonov in the finals of the World Youth Championship in speed climbing.

    Brosler Takes Silver in Speed Championship

    September 4, 2015 - American John Brosler, 18, won a silver medal in speed climbing at the World Youth Championships in Italy today.

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    Two Americans in Top 5 for Bouldering World Cup Season

    August 15, 2015 - This year's World Cup bouldering season wrapped up today in Munich, Germany, and with a strong third-place performance, 17-year-old Megan Mascarenas from Colorado Springs vaulted into the top five for the full season, despite only competing in two of the five World Cup events this year.

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    Seven Summits Pioneer Dick Bass Has Died

    July 27, 2015 - Richard Bass, the founder of Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah and first man to climb the Seven Sumimits, has died at age 85.

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    Skipped Clip Costs Delaney Miller in World Cup

    July 18, 2015 - American Delaney Miller, 20, entered the final of today's Lead World Cup in Briançon, France, in fifth place, hoping for a podium finish. But as Miller started the final route, angling left across the lower wall, she skipped the second clip on the route and was called down from the wall after clipping the third bolt.

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    First Canadian Psicobloc Comp This Weekend

    July 1, 2015 - A new deep-water soloing, or psicobloc, competition will be held in Quebec from July 3 to 5. Fifty climbers will compete for $4,000 in prize money at the Chewpod Extrême Bloc 2015 competition.

  • Climbing Gets Second Chance at 2020 Olympics

    Climbing Gets Second Chance at 2020 Olympics

    5/22/15 - The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee has announced its shortlist for sports to be included as additional events in the 2020 Olympic games. Climbing, along with seven other sports, made the cut, down from the original list of  26 that applied.

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    McColl Wins Bouldering Gold

    Sean McColl from Vancouver, Canada, has won the Bouldering World Cup in Chongqing, China. The 27-year-old, who last won a World Cup comp in 2013, is now ranked third for the 2015 season.

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    Nathaniel Coleman Gets Silver In Toronto World Cup

    6/1/15 - Eighteen-year-old Nathaniel Coleman from Utah took silver at the Bouldering World Cup in Toronto yesterday.

  • Aconcagua Speed Record Smashed Again

    Aconcagua Speed Record Smashed Again

    The Ecuadoran-Swiss mountain runner Karl Egloff has reportedly set a bold new mark for the ascent and descent of Aconcagua.

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    2015 ABS National Championships Schedule and Streaming Info

    USA Climbing, the United States National Governing Body for the sport of competition climbing announced that it will webcast both Open and Youth Bouldering National Championships starting next week in Madison, WI. Here is a quick breakdown of the schedule and livestream info.

  • Sasha DiGiulian getting the feel of dry tooling in East Vail, Colorado. Photo by Alexandro Rojas Sanders.

    Sasha DiGiulian Will Compete on Ouray Ice

    1/6/15 - Sasha DiGiulian, who cranks 5.14 on rock, is mixing it up this winter and trying out ice and mixed climbing in Colorado. DiGiulian has been coached by Will Mayo in a weeklong “boot camp” at the mixed-climbing crags in East Vail and Ouray, and this weekend she will compete at the annual Ouray Ice Festival.

  • Sean McColl en route to a silver medal in the finals at Kranj, Slovenia. Photo by Stanko Gruden /

    McColl Finishes Second for World Cup Season

    11/17/14 - Canadian Sean McColl finished second at the final lead World Cup of the year, in Kranj, Sloevnia, and in the process sealed a silver medal for the full World Cup season.

  • U.K. climber Greg Boswell partway up the Red Bull White Cliffs course. The route began by exiting the left side of the giant cave at the bottom. Photo by Calum Muskett.

    Climbers Race Up 400-Foot Chalk Cliffs

    10/20/14 - Leave it to Red Bull to dream up this unique competition: The Red Bull White Cliffs event last weekend pitted 10 top mixed climbers against a 400-foot vertical to overhanging wall of chalk in southern England. The friendly competition was staged a race, but the route was so steep and technical that most climbers took 20 minutes or more to complete the route.

  • Libby Sauter (left) and Quinn Brett atop El Capitan, midway on their push to do two routes in less than 22 hours. Photo courtesy of Quinn Brett.

    First Time: Two El Cap Routes in a Day for Women's Team

    10/18/14 - Quinn Brett and Libby Sauter have climbed two routes up El Capitan in less than 22 hours. The women climbed the Nose in 8 hours 25 minutes, descended the East Ledges, and then climbed Lurking Fear, topping out with a total time for both routes of 21 hours 17 minutes.

  • Stefan Griebel (left) and Jason Wells pound across the bridge to the finish line after racing up the Naked Edge. Photo courtesy of Bill Wright.

    Naked Edge Speed Record Goes Under 25 Minutes

    10/9/14 - In the latest stage of a back-and-forth speed challenge between two pairs of Colorado-based climbers, Scott Bennett and Brad Gobright have gone under 25 minutes for climbing and descending the classic Naked Edge route in Eldorado Canyon.

  • 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell 2014 Results and Photos

    At 10 a.m. on Friday, September 26, 267 climbers anxiously await the sound of shotgun-fire at the Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Jasper, Arkansas—toting harnesses, headlamps, all shapes and sizes of pro, and unbridled psyche. This is the scene just before the start of the 7th annual 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell competition, a unique event which tests the limits of climbers' endurance and efficiency. The concept is simple: climb as many routes as possible in 24 hours.

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    How Long Could You Hang On?

    9/17/14 - Ramón Julian Puigblanque not only took a silver medal in the lead climbing world championships last weekend, he also claimed a new world record in hangboard time. Julian clung to a pair of one-pad holds for 2 minutes 44.34 seconds to shatter the old record, set by Alex Megos earlier in September, by more than 30 seconds.

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    Ondra Is Double World Champion

    9/15/14 - Adam Ondra achieved an extraordinary double world championship in 2014, winning the lead climbing championship in Gijón, Spain, on September 14, three weeks after winning the bouldering worlds in Munich.

  • Silver medalist Ronnie Dickson competing in Spain. Photo by Josh Larson / Cold House Media (courtesy of Ronnie Dickson).

    U.S. Team Shines at Paraclimbing World Championship

    An American team of 14 men and women collected seven medals in the finals of the Paraclimbing World Championships, held in Gijón, Spain.

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    Will Mayo Sends Desperate Dry-Tool Route in Crazy Tunnel Called the Ghetto

    9/10/14 - Who needs ice and cold for dry tooling? In Colorado's summer heat, Will Mayo has just redpointed what's likely one of the hardest dry-tooling routes in the country.

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    Ondra, Wurm Win Bouldering World Championships, Puccio Takes Silver

    8/23/14 - Adam Ondra and Juliane Wurm won a dramatic Bouldering World Championships in Munich, Germany, on Saturday. American Alex Puccio finished second in the women's competition, needing just one attempt more than Wurm to finish three out of the four final problems.

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    Psicobloc 2014 Photo Gallery

    In early August, pro climbers from across the globe made their way to Utah Olympic Park in Park City to face off in the second annual Psicobloc Master's Series. Competitors had to race head-to-head up a 50-foot wall above the 13-foot-deep ski jump-training pool. This unique climbing comp provided an exciting night, full of strong moves, big falls, and close finishes. Here are some highlights.

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    Study Finds 'Fecal Veneer' on Gym Holds

    8/11/14 - The next time your gym partner says "That's a crappy hold!" she may mean more than size or texture. In a study published this summer in Current Microbiology, researchers found that every gym hold they tested had traces of microorganisms associated with fecal matter.

  • Will Gadd took second at the UIAA North American Championships last winter. Photo by Ben Herndon / UIAA.

    Bozeman to Host World Cup Ice Comp

    7/31/14 - It's official: The 18th annual Bozeman Ice Festival will be the sole North American stop on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup circuit. The World Cup speed and difficulty events will be held on an artificial wall in downtown Bozeman, Montana, on December 12 and 13, 2014.

  • Chris Sharma sticking the big dyno during the Red Bull Creepers comp in Spain. Photo by Sebas Romero / Redbull.

    Sharma, Woods Take 1st and 2nd in Deep Water Solo Comp

    7/21/14 - Chris Sharma won the Red Bull Creepers psicobloc (deep water soloing) competition in Spain on Saturday. Fourteen climbers competed in the invitational event, dueling on two routes up the broad central arch of the 1,000-year-old Puente la Reina bridge in northern Spain.

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    Psicobloc Masters Series Returns For 2014

    7/18/14 - This August, The Psicobloc Masters Series will return to Park City, Utah. Psicobloc, organized by Chris Sharma, is America’s first-ever deep water solo competition (watch the 2013 highlight reel). Competitors face off, tournament style, to ascend an overhanging 50-foot wall above a 10-foot-deep pool. We awarded Psicobloc our 2013 Golden Piton award for breathing new life into the American climbing competition scene, drawing over 2,500 spectators out to watch the finals, and nearly 20,000 more from over 100 countries tuned in for the live stream.

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    Noguchi, Hojer Win 2014 IFSC Boulder World Cup

    After eight events spread across seven countries, this year’s IFSC Boulder World Cup has come to a close. Japan’s Akiyo Noguchi and Germany’s Jan Hojer are this year’s champions in the women’s and men’s divisions, respectively. It was an exciting season, that all came down to the final event in Laval, France.

  • IFSC Boulder World Cup Innsbruck 2014 Results

    The fourth event in this year's IFSC Boulder World Cup series saw close competition and controversy. The men's finals were decided by a false start by Adam Ondra, leading Kilian Fischhuber to finish the event with one less attempt, giving him the win. Many viewers thought the call was made in error, believing both of Ondra's feet to be properly on the holds before moving on. A humble Ondra addressed the situation...

  • John Brosler Sets U.S. Speed Climbing Record

    Competition speed climbs can't possibly get much faster than this. Saturday at the SCS National Championships, John Brosler set a new U.S. speed climbing record by climbing the 10 meter route in 3.95 seconds (video below). The race was decided by hundredths of a second, with the Russian Stanislav Kokorin finishing the route in four seconds flat.

  • U.S. National Champs: Delaney Miller and Brad Weaver

    4/6/14 - On the night before her 19th birthday, Delaney Miller successfully defended her title at the SCS Nationals in California. Brad Weaver won the men's national lead climbing championship.

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  • The Olympic Park did not always have typical ice climbing weather. Photo by Alexey Dengin / UIAA.

    Tales from Sochi: Marc Beverly Represents U.S. on Olympic Ice

    3/4/14 - Sport climbing failed to make the cut for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, but ice climbing may still have a shot at the Games. Ice climbing was prominently on display at the Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia, in February, and Marc Beverly was Team USA of one on Olympic ice

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    Golden Pitons 2013 - Community

    Englishman John Ellison was diagnosed with cancer in late 2011 and given only a few years to live. Ellison had been judging climbing comps for about a decade, and at the world championships in Paris, nearly a year after his diagnosis, he had an epiphany: The climbing community was like a vast and yet very close family.

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    Golden Piton 2013 - Competition

    Competition climbing in the U.S. survives mostly on a thriving youth circuit and a few national and international events that draw decent crowds—for bouldering, that is, but not for lead climbing. Many of America’s strongest men rarely ever compete, even on U.S. soil, and with climbing out of the running for the Olympics, that scenario seemed likely to continue.

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    Golden Pitons 2013 - Speed

    Climbers have long wondered what might happen if Olympic-caliber athletes from other sports brought their strength and stamina to the vertical world. Now, we have a pretty good idea: Catalan runner Kilian Jornet Burgada is systematically blowing away speed records on the world’s most famous peaks.

  • Jimmy Webb Wins La Sportiva Legends Only 2013

    12/3/13 - On November 30, six of the world’s top climbers gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, for the third annual La Sportiva Legends Only bouldering competition, where American Jimmy Webb took top honors.

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    Kim, Amma Are World Cup Champs

    11/18/19 - Jain Kim from Korean and Sachi Amma from Japan have won the women's and men's overall Lead World Cup for 2013, following the final stop on the circuit in Kranj, Slovenia, this past weekend.

  • 2013 Boulder World Cup season champions: Anna Stöhr (center), Akiyo Noguchi (left), and Alex Puccio (right).

    Alex Puccio Wins Silver in Boulder World Cup

    8/26/13 - Alex Puccio of the U.S. wrapped up the 2013 Boulder World Cup season on a high note as she earned a silver medal in Munich, Germany. With this strong result, her best finish of the year, Puccio concludes the 2013 bouldering season ranked in third place, the second time she has reached this milestone.

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    World Youth Championship Wraps Up

    The 2013 IFSC World Youth Championship concluded Monday evening at the Boulders Climbing Gym on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, with Team Japan and Team Austria leading the medal count in lead climbing, each with four medals including two golds.

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    U.S. Sends Five to Finals in World Youth Championship

    Five members of the U.S. team have made finals in the World Youth Championship, which wraps up tonight at the Boulders Climbing Gym in British Columbia, Canada.

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    U.S. Collects Four Speed Medals at World Youth Championship

    Russian climbers dominated the speed climbing events at the IFSC World Youth Championship in British Columbia, Canada, this weekend, winning gold in four out of six competition categories. But U.S. climbers were hot on their heels in several categories, taking two silver medals and two bronzes.

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    World Youth Championships Begin in Canada

    The biggest annual comp for young climbers, the IFSC World Youth Championships, gets under way today, and for the first time it's happening in North America.

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    Markovic, Amma Win Latest Lead World Cup

    8/14/13 - The 2013 Lead World Cup series continued August 10 in Imst, Austria, where Japan's Sachi Amma and Slovenia's Mina Markovic took first place.

  • Sasha DiGiulian and Jimmy Webb win Psicocomp

    8/3/13 - Women's favorite Sasha DiGiulian and dark horse Jimmy Webb took first place in the deep water soloing competition held in Park City, Utah, on Friday, August 2.