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.
  • 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.

  • 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). 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • John Brosler celebrates his bronze medal in speed climbing at the World Youth Championship in British Columbia

    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.

  • Ramon Julian, Kim Win First Leg of Lead World Cup

    7/23/13 -Spain's Ramón Julian Puigblanque and South Korea's Jain Kim took top honors at 2013's first Lead World Cup in Briançon, France, on July 20.

  • The upper Grands Mulets route on the north side of Mont Blanc.

    Extraordinary Speed Record on Mont Blanc

    The Spanish runner Kilian Jornet, 25, ran up and down Mont Blanc, the 15,781-foot high point of Western Europe, in just under five hours, taking more than 13 minutes off a 23-year-old record.

  • The scene at Stone Summit in Atlanta during the 2013 SCS Youth National Championships.

    U.S. Youth Champs Crowned

    Mia Manson, Colin Duffy, Ross Fulkerson, and Chloe Massenat may not be household names in the climbing community. But as national champions in their age groups, they probably will be soon.

  • Russian, Austrian Victories at Vail World Cup

    6/9/13 - Russian Dimitri Sharafutdinov and Austrian Anna Stöhr won the only bouldering IFSC World Cup on U.S. soil this year, capping a two-day competition at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado.

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    Sharma and Team Plan Psicobloc Comp in Utah

    A team led by climbers Chris Sharma, Mike Beck, and Kevin Bradburn is organizing a deep-water soloing competition in Park City, Utah, to be held in conjunction with the Outdoor Retailer trade show in early August. During the six-day event, climbers will free-solo routes capped by a 26-foot roof towering over a deep pool at Park City's Olympic Training Park.

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    Stohr, Fischhuber Back on Top at Toronto World Cup

    6/3/13 - The Austrian power couple Anna Stöhr and Kilian Fischhuber stood atop the podium at the Bouldering World Cup in Toront0, Canada, on June 2.

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    Germans Take Gold in Austrian World Cup

    5/22/13 - Germans Juliane Wurm and Jan Hojer stood atop the podium at 2013's fifth Bouldering World Cup in Innsbruck, Austria, on May 18.

  • Stohr, McColl Take Gold in Slovenian World Cup

    5/13/13 - Austrian Anna Stöhr continues her reign in this year's Bouldering World Cups as she took another gold medal in Log-Dragomer, Slovenia, this past weekend.

  • Puccio Third in Bouldering World Cup

    4/29/13 - Alex Puccio took bronze in the Boulder World Cup in Kitzbühel, Austria, last weekend.

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    Puccio Wins Tierra Boulder Battle in Stockholm

    4/17/13 - Alex Puccio dominated last weekend's Tierra Boulder Battle competition in Stockholm, Sweden, topping out every problem.

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    Stohr, Fischhuber Winners at Millau Bouldering Cup

    4/15/13 - Austrians Anna Stöhr and Kilian Fischhuber won the second leg of the 2013 Bouldering World Cup, held in Millau, France.

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    Woods, Durif are 2013 SCS National Champions

    4/8/13 - Daniel Woods and French climber Charlotte Durif took top honors at the 2013 Sport Climbing Series National Championships.

  • Stohr, Sharafutdinov Win First 2013 Bouldering World Cup

    3/25/13 - Austrian Anna Stöhr and Russian Dmitry Sharafutdinov have won the first Bouldering World Cup of 2013, held in Chongqing, China.

  • New Olympic Plan: Climbers Must Compete in Bouldering, Lead, and Speed

    If climbing makes it into the Olympics in 2020, the medalists will have to be all-around masters of plastic. To win gold under a new IFSC proposal for the Games, climbers will have to compete in all three competition disciplines: bouldering, lead, and speed.