2017 Vertical Plains Adventure Festival

Vertical Plains Results 2017

Thank you to all of our competitors and volunteers that made the 2017 Vertical Plains Adventure Festival great! We had a wonderful day, and hope that you did too!

2017 Vertical Plains Results

What is the Vertical Plains Adventure Festival?

Vertical Plains is a celebration of the world we live in with a little climbing thrown in. The festival will commence with the Reel Rock Film Tour, which brings the best in climbing and adventure films to local audiences across the globe. The Vertical Plains Climbing Competition, West Texas' best competition for skilled and beginning rock climbers, will take place on Saturday.

The 2017 Vertical Plains Adventure Festival will be held on Saturday, February 4th, 2017. Over the course of the years, we have had teams from as far away as Northern Iowa come to view the film festival, compete, and claim prizes. Returning and first-time participants will be sure to find that this is the best Vertical Plains yet! See you on the wall!


Reel Rock Film Tour

The year's best new films from the vertical edge, featuring Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson, Daniel Woods, and a special tribute to the late Dean Potter


Date, Time and Location

  • Thursday, February 2, 2017
  • 7:00pm
  • Allen Theatre, Student Union Building


  • Free! All are welcome!
  • Door prizes will be available

Vertical Plains Climbing Competition

The annual Vertical Plains Climbing Competition is the biggest event hosted by the Outdoor Pursuits Center every year, and this year's 15th will be no different. It is a climbing competition that draws over 100 competitors from around the southwest and promotes camaraderie, sportsmanship, and the love of climbing. The competition is open to climbers of all levels, with three skill classes available: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. We encourage everyone, regardless of their experience, to join in the competition and have a great time!

Date, Time and Location

  • Saturday, February 4, 2017
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm with awards ceremony to follow
    Competition will be divided into two sessions, a morning and an afternoon session (see registration form below for details)
  • Texas Tech Rec Center, Indoor Climbing Center

Session 1: Climbing - 9:00am - 12:30pm

Session 2: Climbing - 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Registration Info

Online registration is available! To register online, Click here. Follow on-screen instructions to register for Session 1 or Session 2 of Vertical Plains 2017!

Registration is currently open. Registration forms are available in the OPC. For group registrations, please call Kevin Hoffman at 806-834-2401.

Late registration will be accepted up to the day of the competition. Any day-of registration will incur an additional $5 processing fee. Registration is limited to 75 in the morning session and 75 in the afternoon session.

Tent City

We are expecting it to be COLD! We are currently expecting to bunk in the Rec Center on Friday night. All you need to bring is your sleeping bag and pad. If you arrive before Midnight on Friday, please stop by the ID station at the Rec Center for directions to the room. If you arrive after midnight on Friday, please call David Young at 806-773-0898 for entrance into the building. For more information, please call 806-742-2949.


Parking is controlled at Texas Tech University, and we don't want you to get a ticket! Click here for instructions on how to secure parking. Parking will be free after 5:30 pm on Friday, February 3 in the R18 lot directly across from the front entrance of the Rec Center.

Climbing Waiver

All climbers must return the completed waiver with their registration form. If under the age of 18 the waiver must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Click here to download waiver


All Competitors will receive a Vertical Plains T-Shirt with registration.
Each participant will be entered to win prizes from a vast array of climbing and outdoor gear! Thank you to Mountain Hideaway, our main sponsor for the Vertical Plains Climbing Competition. The top 3 climbers in each division will also receive a Vertical Plains commemorative clay mug, handmade by Texas artist, David Echols.

Collegiate Climbing Series

Vertical Plains is part of the Heartland Region Collegiate Climbing Series, an intercollegiate competition circuit just for college students. Climbers who compete in the Collegiate Climbing Series will be competing against other university climbers for bragging rights and national recognition! (For more information on the CCS, please head to the CCS webpage here) For more Vertical Plains info, call the OPC at (806) 742-2949 or email opc@ttu.edu.

2016 Results

2016 Results PDF

2015 Results

2015 Results

2014 Results

2014 Results

2013 Results

Session 1 Results

Session 2 Results

2012 Results

Results from the 2012 Vertical Plains Climbing Competition

2011 Results

2011 Men's Results 2011 Women's

2010 Results

2010 Results


Texas Tech Rec Sports, the Outdoor Pursuits Center and all of the participants in the Vertical Plains Adventure Festival would like to thank all of our great sponsors for making the 16th anniversary of Vertical Plains the best ever!