Press Release: North American Ice Climbing Championships

For Immediate Release:

March 14th, 2018

North American Ice Climbing Championships hosted by USA Ice Climbing on March 17 & 18, 2018

  • Watch international athletes compete for the North American title in two disciplines: speed and difficulty

  • Unique climbing event held at Peabody Ice Climbing, the only permanent ice climbing competition structure in North America.


Fenton, Michigan - North America’s top competition ice climbing athletes will compete this weekend to be the 2018 North American Champions at Peabody Ice Climbing in Fenton Michigan. The athletes will compete in two disciplines, Difficulty and Speed.  This event promises to be a completely unique event in North America and some of the featured athletes have recently returned from Ice Climbing World Cup competitions around the world in Switzerland, Italy, China, South Korea, and Russia. Athletes will demonstrate their gymnastic prowess, strength, and speed over two days of competition.

The Difficulty competition will take place on North America’s only competition wall, a 50 ft wood structure with 50 degree overhangs.  The Speed competition will be a series of 12m vertical duels between two athletes. Due to the recent warm weather, the speed competition will be taking place on plywood towers instead of ice towers. Competitors will race up the 12m structure in times that could be less than 6 seconds!

Spectators are welcome during the whole event and admission is free. Make sure to catch Difficulty Qualifiers starting at 10am and the speed competition on Saturday afternoon starting at 3pm..  On Sunday, difficulty finals start at 3:30pm followed by the award ceremony.

A full event schedule can be found at the North American Ice Climbing Championships website.


About USA Ice Climbing. We are a non profit that supports competitive ice climbing, mixed climbing and drytooling. Competitive ice climbing is a fledgling sport in the USA that is continuing to grow. In 2017 USA Ice Climbing hosted 2 very successful indoor drytooling competitions, wrote drytooling guidelines for climbing gyms, and started a national ranking system. USA Ice climbing continues with these activities in 2018 and also supported youth competitors at the UIAA Ice Climbing Youth Championship and adult competitors at the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup Tour in Switzerland, Italy, China, and South Korea.


About Peabody Ice Climbing. Peabody Ice Climbing is an ice & mixed climbing venue located in Fenton, Michigan on a retired apple orchard. Our venue has become a place for seasoned ice climbers to train for the mountains, and also provides an ideal introduction for beginners in a controlled environment by experienced and certified instructors.


UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup. The Ice Climbing World Cup hosted and governed by the UIAA is a world tour of competitions with athletes from 20 countries. More information, photos, and videos can be found at