Sport Climbing Australia

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Climbing in 2018

Sport climbing is booming!

In recent years, climbing has truly become a 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 have increased by 50%. In Germany, there are more than 280 climbing gyms open to the public. In the United States there are around 600

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 (38% vs. usual maximum 31%). This can be explained as climbing is a sport not only about strength, but also about body control and athleticism.
  • Climbing has also become an international high-performance sport

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