The Indoor Alternative
With the advent of Indoor Gyms and Artificial Climbing Walls, climbers
were able to climb and train at times and in weather that precludes climbing
outdoors. In New Zealand numerous climbing
walls have been developed and as a result of ready access to these
facilities Sportclimbing has flourished.
Due to the fun
and excitement generated by Sportclimbing more people began to climb on
artificial walls and inevitably they began to compete with each other. In
response to the growing interest in competition climbing a the UIAA, an
international climbing organisation establishes a set of Competition
Climbing Regulations through its subsidiary the ICC. The ICC
Regulations have become the standard and in conjunction with established
Age Categories, allow climbers to compete on an fair and consistent basis.
Sportclimbing has exploded into a fully professional
world touring circuit often drawing up to 200,000 spectators. Following
these trends, the sport in New Zealand is experiencing an almost exponential
growth in popularity
attracting a diverse range of
competitors and spectators.
In New Zealand
competition climbing typically takes one of the following forms:
generally require walls that are high and overhang to provide competitors with challenging
routes. The climbing walls used for competitions are typically in excess of 15
metres (45 feet) in height and overhang by up to 6 metres (18 feet).
There are three
main types of competition:
1. Difficulty competition - a competitors
place is determined by the height that he/she attains on a route of not less than 12
metres (36 feet).
2. Speed competitions - where the time taken to
ascend a route determines a competitor's placing on a route of no less than 8
metres (24 feet).
competitions with 7 - 10 problems each of 5 - 7 moves. The final round comprises of 3 - 5
problems of 5 - 7 moves.