Speed Climbing World Record

Speed climbing is crazy to watch. These guys and gals basically run up vertical walls, covering a standard 15-meter (49-foot) wall in just seconds.

Czech climber Libor Hroza set a new world record on April 26, ascending the speed course in 5.57 seconds to beat the previous record of 5.6 seconds set by Ukrainian climber Danyl Boldyrev.

The IFSC, the governing body of speed competition, only recognizes records that happen on a certified wall that uses the exact same holds on every course. This new record took place at the Sport Climbing Association of British Columbia Provincial Championships in Saanich, British Columbia.

The women’s 15-meter record is 7.85 seconds, held by Russian climber Iulliia Kaplina.

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.