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Climbing in 2023

Sport climbing is booming!

In recent years, climbing has become a truly popular sport, mostly because of numerous climbing gyms: more and more athletes are attracted by vertical challenges, both indoor and outdoor, and the trend continues. All this for a very good reason: climbing is a complex mind challenging sport which trains most of our 656 muscles.

A large worldwide climbing community

  • 25 million people are climbing regularly
  • They are part of the 250 million outdoor enthusiasts
  • Popularity in largest cities (300+ indoor climbing walls in London / 350+ in Paris Ile-de-France)
  • Climbing gyms from 2007 to 2012 increased by 50%

A community with a unique profile

  • IFSC members come from both mountain/rural and urban areas
  • Climbers are young (39% under 18) but practice until 60 years or more
  • The share of female climbers is very high. Membership of the IFSC is 7% higher for females than other International Governing Bodies
  • Sport Climbing will likely grow even faster with its inclusion as a full medal event at the Olympic Games!




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In the spirit of reconciliation Sport Climbing Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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