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USA Climbing Paraclimbing provides access for athletes with physical disabilities to compete in both bouldering and sport climbing. The Paraclimbing series builds camaraderie, community, and opportunity through clinics, workshops, and other programming.

USA Climbing is proud to sanction the Paraclimbing National Championships.

Paraclimbing Categories

Categories included in Paraclimbing are open to those with physical disabilities:

  •  Neurological / Physical Disability (RP1, RP2, RP3)
  •  Visual Impairment (B1, B2, B3)
  •  Upper Extremity Amputee (AU1, AU2)
  •  Lower Extremity Amputee (AL2)
  •  Seated (AL1)
  •  Youth

Paraclimbing Classifications Document

The competition format for local Paraclimbing Climbing competitions will be redpoint, and will be executed on top rope.

Paraclimbing National Championships will be a two round competition hosting a redpoint qualification round on day 1 and an onsight final round on day two.  The climbing will be executed on top rope.

Invitations to the IFSC World Paraclimbing Championships, held every two years, will be given based on the results of that year's Paraclimbing National Championships.

If you have questions regarding Paraclimbing, please contact rachel@usaclimbing.org.

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