Only a day after the Olympic climbing fever was peaking and the very first Olympic gold medals had been awarded to climbers, the final round of the 2021 National Indoor Bouldering Series was set to be a blast. With the overall placements in NIBS still not decided going into the last competition, there was a great turn-out from up and down the country by some of the strongest contenders to try to secure a podium at Northern Rocks in Auckland.

Competition climbing has just appeared in the Olympic Games for the first time and by all reports it was a raging success, with non-climbers around

Female competitor on competition boulder problem
With the race for the overall series titles hotting up after Round Two, Saturday saw Round...
Competition climber on steep overhanging boulder problem.
Saturday was Christchurch's turn to host a NIBS round and what a round it was...
NIBS Wellington
Round One of NiBS 2021 was hosted this year by Hangdog in Wellington. A shipment of...
The Summer Send Series is Uprising boulder gym's summer-long bouldering competition, climaxing in a World...
Climber moves dynamically on competition boulder wall

By Richard Waldin, President, Climbing New Zealand.

As we head into 2021, it is difficult...

Female climbing in competition with crowd watching.
Cirrus Tan discusses the perceived stigma around competition climbing in New Zealand.