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History of

Sport Climbing

Sport climbing has become highly popular over the past two decades. In 1985, a group of climbers gathered in Bardonecchia, near Turin, Italy, for an event called “SportRoccia”, which became the first organised lead competition in which competitors climb within a certain time frame.

Competitions: From Rock to Climbing Walls

The first event on an artificial climbing wall was organised in a gym in Vaulx-en-Velin, near Lyon, France, in 1986.

In the early 1990s, it was decreed that international events would take place on purposely designed infrastructures only, leaving the natural environment without impact. One of the sport’s core values is the preservation of the environment, with climbers bearing responsibility for the upkeep of the settings in which they climb.