Climbing scales new heights

It is hard to avoid the clichés when charting the sport’s steep rise

The popularity of climbing is on the up and up – and it is difficult to avoid the clichés for a sport which is definitely in the ascendance.

More and more indoor climbing centres are opening up. It is the second most requested sport in school after football, and membership of the two climbing Federations, FFCAM and FFME, has grown by 5% a year over the last 10 years. 2019 saw the first international trade fair dedicated to climbing in Lyon.

It will also, for the first time, be part of the Olympics in Tokyo this year.

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