Speed Climbing Competitions

Interval Training with PD®

April 28, 2021

With PD® Athlete, Kai Lightner Professional athlete and Perfect Descent climber Kai Lightner gives us a sneak peek into his daily training routine.  Kai breaks down his interval strategy for building strength and endurance to prepare for hard lead climbing projects.  Kai entered his first competition at six years old and never stopped climbing. A twelve-time…

Becoming an Olympian

March 30, 2021

By: Sean McColl, Olympic Rock Climber (CAN) I have wanted to qualify and compete at the Olympic Games before I can remember, I remember waking up in the morning and just watching the Olympics day after day with my family. I was raised in a sporting world and found climbing at the age of 10.…

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Q&A with Kai Lightner

October 12, 2020

When and how did you get started climbing? Even though I didn’t begin climbing in a gym until I was 6, I stayed in trouble for climbing things WELL before then. From climbing over baby gates in our house (before I could walk) to eating lunch on the basketball hoop in our driveway, my mother…

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Q&A with Sean McColl

October 12, 2020

When and how did you get started climbing? I started climbing in 1997 with my family. Our tennis club had closed to we wanted to find something to do as a family. We bought a year membership for the local climbing gym, and I loved it instantly. What motivates you to climb and why do…

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Q&A with John Brosler

October 12, 2020

When and how did you get started climbing? I started climbing at summer camps when I was little and joined Team Texas when I was 10 years old. I started competing in 2009 when I was 12. Why did you start competing and why do you keep doing it? I started competing initially because my coach…

Sponsorships in 2020: Polish Speed Competition

September 14, 2020

With pandemic restrictions easing in many parts of the world, Poland recently hosted a regional Speed Climbing competition. In a year that has lacked a significant opportunity for athletes to compete we were happy to sponsor an event in the home of World Champion Speed Climber and Olympian, Aleksandra Mirosław. On Saturday, August 29th, the big…

IFSC Pan Am Championships 2020

Breaking Down the Importance of the IFSC Pan-Ams Championships in an Olympic Year

February 28, 2020

This week, from Feb. 24–March. 1, marked the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Pan-American Championships at climbing gym Sender One in Los Angeles, California. Kicking off the 2020 Sport Climbing season, the championships will determine the final quota of Pan-American athletes qualified to compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer.  With just…

Womens' Speed Climbing World Cup Wujiang, China 2018

IFSC Speed and Lead Climbing World Cup – Wujiang, China 2018

October 26, 2018

At the IFSC Climbing World Cup Championship in Wujiang, China, Anouck Jaubert of France took home the season title for women’s speed climbing while the fastest time of the event was Juliia Kaplina’s 7.650 seconds race. Jaubert outperformed fellow teammate Aurela Sarisson of France in the opening race, bested Sari Agustina of Indonesia with a…

Youth Olympic Games 2018 Recap

October 12, 2018

The first ever Youth Olympians of Sport Climbing has concluded at the Summer Youth Olympic (YOG) Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 10th. Sport Climbing featured 42 male and female athletes representing 25 countries. The field of athletes consist of the top 16 and 17-year-old Bouldering, Speed and Lead athletes competing for the first…

World Climbing Championship 2018 Recap

October 12, 2018

After 10 days of competitions among six of the top-scoring men and women athletes, the Combined finals came to an end with the athletes facing off in a Bouldering, Lead, and Speed Climbing showdown for the Combined world title. The six women finalist went head-to-head in Speed Climbing with a bracket-style elimination, Miho Nonaka of…