Lead climbing is a climbing sport performed indoors on an artificial climbing wall. The objective is to climb a long, difficult route within a pre-determined timeframe. This displine most resembles ourdoor rock climbing.
In many competitions, climbers have limited time to inspect the route before climbing, and must must climb the route without seeing other climbers or receive any form of feedback from others. Competitors clip their rope into pre-placed quickdraws along the route. The climber to make it the furtherest along the route is declared the winner.
At the Olympics, the sport of lead climbing was introduced as part of the sport climbing event.
- Sport Climbing — rock climbing competitions which can include Lead Climbing, Speed Climbing or Bouldering.
- Speed Climbing — athletes climb a set route on a vertical wall in the fastest time possible.
- Bouldering — competitors attempt to climb a series of fixed routes of increasing difficulty.
- Rope Climbing — competitors climb up a rope using their hands.
- Tree Climbing — competitions in which competitors climb trees as fast as possible using various techniques based on the daily working conditions of arborists.
- Lead Climbing is part of Olympic Games Sport Climbing
- Complete list of sports
- The Encyclopedia of Sports