2015 Vertical Plains Adventure Festival

What is the Vertical Plains Adventure Festival?

Vertical Plains is a weekend celebration of the world we live in with a little climbing thrown in. The weekend 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 2015 Vertical Plains Adventure Festival will be held on Friday February 6th and Saturday February 7th, 2015. 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!

2015 Results

2015 Results

Reel Rock Film Tour

Narrated by Peter Sarsgaard, the film features digitally-animated archival photography, spectacular climbing footage and interviews with Yosemite greats -- from pioneers like Yvon Chouinard, Royal Robbins, Lynn Hill and John Long to cutting edge modern athletes like Dean Potter and Alex Honnold. Valley Uprising tells the story of the bold men and women who broke with convention and redefined the limits of human possibility in America's legendary national park.


Date, Time and Location

  • Friday, February 6, 2015
  • 7:00pm
  • Allen Theatre, Student Union Building


  • Free!! All are welcome!
  • Doorprizes will be available, courtesy of Mountain Hideaway.


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 7, 2015
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm 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, please click here and click register on the top menu bar. Follow on screen instructions to register for Session 1 or Session 2 of Vertical Plains 2015!

Registration is currently open. Registration forms are available at the climbing wall, in the OPC, or you may click here to download the form: 2015 Registration Form

Late registration will be accepted up to the day of the competition. Regsitration is limited to 60 in the morning session and 60 in the afternoon session.

Tent City

We are expecting it to be COLD! We will be changing sleeping arrangements to provide for indoor accommodations inside the Rec Center. 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. F\or 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 5:30pm on Friday, February 7 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 2015 Vertical Plains Climbing Compeition. The top 3 climbers in each division will also receive a Vertical Plains 2015 commemerative clay mug, hand made by a Texas Tech artist.

Collegiate Climbing Series

Vertical Plains is the second competition in the 2015 Texas Region Collegiate Climbing Series, an intercollegiate competiition curcuit 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.

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 Oudoor 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 15th anniversry of Vertical Plains the best ever! We also encourage you to browse our sponsors website at your leisure: