Climbing New Zealand held the 2021 Open Bouldering National Championships at Christchurch's Uprising gym on Saturday 11th December. This was the first time this competition has been held outside of the North Island for several years and it was great to see a really strong field of competitors from all around the country enter.
Leading up to the Olympics in Tokyo there were the expected malcontent murmurings from purist climbers about how competition climbing is a sham and bears little resemblance to actual rock climbing. What has become clear since Tokyo is that many of the 'plastic specialists' are more than useful on the rock too, when time and training schedules allow.
Boulder problem
Only a day after the Olympic climbing fever was peaking and the very first Olympic...
olympic rings symbol

Competition climbing has just appeared in the Olympic Games for the first time and by...

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.