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Why It’s Almost Impossible to Climb 15 Metres in 5 Seconds

Alex Honnold tries speed climbing for his first time

Alex Honnold tries speed climbing for the first time and American junior champion Jordan Fishman gives a few lessons.

“In 2020 climbing will be an official Olympic sport with three events — lead, bouldering and speed climbing. The fastest time up the standard 15 -metre speed wall is 5.48 seconds. Could it be faster?”

Speed Climbing 101