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2018 Vertical Plains Adventure Festival

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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 Vertical Plains Climbing Competition, West Texas' best competition for skilled and beginning rock climbers, will take place on Saturday.

The 2018 Vertical Plains Adventure Festival will be held on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018. Over the course of the years, we have had teams from across the region 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!

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 18th annual event 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. We encourage everyone, regardless of their experience, to join in the competition and have a great time!

Date, Time and Location

  • Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • 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: USAC Collegiate Climbing - Sport 9:00am - 12:00pm - Speed 12:00pm - Completion

Session 2: Vertical Plains Community and Youth Climbing - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Registration Info

Follow the on-screen instructions to register for Session 1 or Session 2 of Vertical Plains 2018.

Session 1: Morning climbing is open to USA Climbing Members only and is offered in conjuntion with the USAC Collegiate Climbing Season counting as a sanctioned local competition for the Texas regional qualification. Sport and Speed concentrations will be offered. Competitors in this category must have a USAC Membership Number prior to registration. Day-of-entries can purchase a day membership for $10. USAC membership and schedule information is available at www.usaclimbing.org.

Session 2: Afternoon climbing is open for all non-USAC members wishing. This competition is open to climbers of all levels, with three skill classes available: beginner, intermediate, advanced in addition to youth. This session features Sport (top-rope) in addition to Bouldering and combines the scores for an all-around combination of the five hardest routes including best top-rope routes and two best bouldering routes for a final score.

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 will arrive after midnight on Friday, please make prior arrangements with Kevin Hoffman at 806-834-2401 for entrance into the building.


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 if you need to park on Friday during the day. 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 complete a waiver to complete their registration. 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 Hat 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 a local competition in the Texas Region Collegiate Climbing Series sanctioned by USA Climbing. This intercollegiate competition circuit is for college students. Climbers who compete in the Collegiate Climbing Series will be competing against other university climbers for bragging rights and the chance for a bid at regional and national recognition! USAC membership and schedule information is available at www.usaclimbing.org. For more Vertical Plains info, call the OPC at (806) 742-2949 or email opc@ttu.edu.

Vertical Plains Results 2017

2017 Vertical Plains Results

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 Results2011 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 17th anniversary of Vertical Plains the best ever!

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