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.
  • 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.