Infographics of rock climbing development as of 2020

Based on the data from the “Articles about hardest rock climbing routes in the World”, in which we have been collecting records about ascents for 8 years, we are sharing infographics and statistics about rock climbing development for the past years.

So, let’s start with a map for routes distribution around the world (from 9a+ to 9c grades):

As you can see, most of the routes are located in Spain - 58, France holds second place - 26, third goes to USA with 12 routes. Norway and Italy have 10 routes each.

9с to 9b routes distribution Click to hide / show

Total count of hardest routes based on grade:

This is the ascent count for the 9a+ to 9c routes (summ FA and repeats) year by year:

Now let’s look at the routes FA statistics year by year:

In 2008 more 9b routes were discovered than 9a+, which is a notable fact! On the other hand 2019 broke the growing trends of routes discoveries (2019 dropped the total routes count significantly)

This is the ascent repeats count for the 9a+ to 9c routes:

You can witness that repeats are continuously growing, and this fact becomes very clear when we combine repeats and discoveries graphs:

Consider the fact that first 9a+ route was discovered in 1995 and first repeat occurred only in 2004, 9 years later!

And here we can see that 9b discoveries started from 1995, and first repeat was in 2010, 15 years later! 2019 changed the trends here also - repeats count exceeded discoveries by a substantial margin.

9b+ discoveries and repeats graphs combine in most pleasant way

At last, let’s look at the data about rock climbers:

Count of the climbers who ascended 9a+ for the first time:

You can see how limits are shifted over time, letting more and more climbers to discover hardest route grades!

Next chart represents climbers who ascended 9b for the first time:

Count of the climbers who ascended 9b for the first time:

TOP-20 most effective climbers (based on the ascent number for 9a+ to 9c routes)

Climbers count grouped by country (based on the ascent number for 9a+ to 9c routes)

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Опубликовано 2020-01-04 в скалолазание

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