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2020 Vertical Plains Adventure Festival

Overviews of vertical plain competition


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 February 1st, 2020 . As an added bonus Texas Tech will host a screening of REEL Rock 14 on Friday January 31st. 

About the VP Climbing Competition

The annual Vertical Plains Climbing Competition is the biggest event hosted by the Outdoor Pursuits Center every year, and this year's 20th annual event will be no different. It is a climbing competition that draws over 100 competitors from across 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!

About REEL Rock 14  (Free!)

REEL Rock 14 Climbing Poster

The Reel Rock Film Tour, one of climbing's greatest celebrations, returns with a new collection of world premiere films. In The High Road, the powerful and bold Nina Williams tests herself on some of the highest, most difficult boulder problems ever climbed. In United States of Joe's climbers collide with a conservative coal mining community in rural Utah, to surprising results. And in The Nose Speed Record, legends Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold battle Yosemite dirtbags Jim Reynolds and Brad Gobright in a high stakes race for greatness.

REEL Rock 14 will be hosted at 7 p.m. Jan. 31, 2020 at the Texas Tech SUB Escondido Theater. Doors open at 6:30 and there will be a chance to win prizes. 

Competition Registration 

Follow the on-screen instructions to register for Session 1 or Session 2 of Vertical Plains 2019.

Session 1: Morning climbing is open to USA Climbing Members only and is offered in conjunction 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. USA Climbing 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.

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.

Date, Time and Location

Saturday, February 1, 2020
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

Collegiate Club Accommodations (Tent City)

We offer space in our Recreation Center as an alternative to separate lodging for visiting Collegiate Climbing Clubs 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, January 31st 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 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.

USA Climbing Collegiate Info

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. 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 2019

2019 Vertical Plains Results Session 1

2019 Vertical Plains Results Session 2

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 19th anniversary of Vertical Plains the best ever!