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.
  • John Brosler Sets U.S. Speed Climbing Record (With Video)

    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.

  • ABS 15 Youth National Championship Results

  • 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.

  • Sachi Amma

    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.

  • Magdalena Röck from Austria celebrates her gold medal climb.

    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.

  • Kai Lightner from North Carolina was the only competitor to flash his semifinal route.

    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.