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

    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.

  • Kipras Baltrunas of Lithuania digs deep for his hang time of 1:22. Competitors can choose to hang with straight arms or locked off. Courtesy of Zlagboard.

    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.

  • World champion Adam Ondra, flanked by Ramón Julian (left, silver medalist) and Sachi Amma (bronze medalist). IFSC-climbing.org photo.

    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.

  • Will Mayo on the Existensionalist in the abandoned mining tunnel called the Ghetto. Photo by Ryan Vachon.

    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.