2020 Paraclimbing National Championships
Saturday, March 28 & Sunday, March 29
Mesa Rim Mission Valley
We are honored to host the 2020 Paraclimbing National Championships at Mesa Rim Mission Valley. This year marks the first time the event is held on the west coast and we’re thrilled to provide the space for these amazing athletes to test their skills and compete to earn an invitation to the IFSC World Paraclimbing Championships.
Information will be added to this page as it becomes available. Please check back as we get closer to the competition.
The Paraclimbing National Championships are open to any climber with a disability. Competitors are required to have a current Paraclimbing membership with USA Climbing and to register under one of the established categories (see below). Climbers are not required to participate in any other competitions in order to qualify for Nationals and for many competitors Paraclimbing Nationals is their first climbing competition. This event fields competitors ranging from social climbers to world champions, and everyone is welcome. Any potential competitors are encouraged to contact Rachel Owens, USAC Paraclimbing Series Manager, with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
USAC Paraclimbing Categories:
- Upper Limb Amputee
- Lower Limb Amputee
- Visually Impaired
- Range of Power or Neurological
More specific information on paraclimbing categories may be found in section 11.3 (page 83) of the USA Climbing Rulebook.
To find more information on USAC memberships, or to purchase your membership, visit the USAC Membership Overview page.
A note for all competitors who plan to belay: All belayers are required to have a top rope belay certification at Mesa Rim. Belayers must be able to tie a figure 8 knot and use the PLUS/PBUS method or an approved adaptive belay method. All belayers on the competition floor are required to use an assisted braking device, such as a grigri, pilot or jul. We encourage belayers to test out on Friday to alleviate lines and crowds. If you are unsure whether you have a valid top rope belay certification at Mesa Rim, you may reach the front desk at 619-908-1611.
Spectating is open to the public and free. For those who can’t make it to Mission Valley in person, we will also live stream finals. The livestream link will be posted here during the week of the competition.
Registration is now OPEN until 11:59:59 on Sunday, March 23! All registration for Paraclimbing Nationals must be completed through USA Climbing. Mesa Rim is unable to register competitors or assist with registration. Visit the Paraclimbing Nationals registration page for more information, or to register.
For the first time ever, the Paraclimbing National Championships will consist of two rounds–a qualifying redpoint round and onsight final round. All routes will be top rope.
Extensive changes were made to all Paraclimbing competition rules and categories in the updated USAC rule book published on November 30, 2019. Mesa Rim encourages all competitors and coaches to review the changes before the start of the competition.
Read the rule book HERE. All updates and revisions are in blue font.
Everyone who will be inside the facility is required to have a current waiver on file. This includes family, friends, and any children who may be spectating. If you are not sure whether you have a current waiver on file, contact front desk staff at the number below. You can fill out a waiver online by clicking HERE.
Mission Valley: 619-908-1611
Mesa Rim and USAC are looking for volunteers to fill a number of positions! Sign up HERE to volunteer!
A note for all belay volunteers: All belayers are required to have a top rope belay certification at Mesa Rim. Belayers must be able to tie a figure 8 knot and use the PLUS/PBUS method or an approved adaptive belay method. All belayers on the competition floor are required to use an assisted braking device, such as a grigri, pilot or jul. We encourage belayers to test out on Friday to alleviate lines and crowds. If you are unsure whether you have a valid top rope belay certification at Mesa Rim, contact the front desk at 619-908-1611.
The official Preliminary Schedule has been published! For more information, visit the dedicated USAC Paraclimbing Nationals page.
FRIDAY, MARCH 27
Belay Testing for competitors and volunteers
Eat Your Heart SD Food Truck
Brews Garden featuring Serpentine Cider, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages (TBA)
SATURDAY, MARCH 28
SUNDAY, MARCH 29
Mesa Rim BBQ (veggie options available)
USAC has partnered with three San Diego hotels. For more information on the hotels, or to book a room, visit the USAC Accommodation page for Paraclimbing Nationals.
In addition, the following hotels are located on Camino del Rio South and within one mile of Mesa Rim Mission Valley. Please note that there are no reserved room blocks; these hotels are are listed for convenience only.
- WorldMark Mission Valley
- Homewood Suites Mission Valley / Zoo
- Quality Suites Seaworld Area
- La Quinta Seaworld
- Hilton Mission Valley
- Sheraton Mission Valley
Mesa Rim is offering a two-day training camp after Paraclimbing Nationals for any athletes who are interested in learning to create structured training plans or improve their focus at competitions.
Curriculum for the training camp will include:
- Competition recap
- Mock competition redemption round on competition routes
- Competition strategy & route reading
- Introduction to training equipment, including hangboards, moon boards, rings, etc.
- Creating long-term structured training plans
- Iso warm up technique
Monday, March 30: Mission Valley
Tuesday, March 31: Mira Mesa