NSS Convention ~ July 25-30, 2021

Vertical Section Events

One of the highlights at each NSS Convention is the climbing contest, hosted by the society's Vertical Section. It was first run at the NSS Convention in 1967, so climbers of every age group could test their skills and equipment. Since 1972, the Vertical Section has conducted the contest. Bill and Miriam Cuddington have kept the contest running efficiently, providing one of most continuous functions at our annual conventions.

Vertical training seminar

The Vertical Techniques seminar is a popular event at NSS conventions. Photo: Gene Harrison.

There are separate age groups for men and women, with categories for mechanical, knot, and sit-stand ascending systems. Contests are run at distances of both 30 meters and 120 meters for each category. Climbers may take up to three attempts in each category at a given convention, provided there is sufficient time.

A new team relay category was added in 1996, where 4 climbers must use 4 different systems to climb 30 meters each, in a relay-race format. The climbers on a given team must be members of the same grotto or organization for at least 6 months prior to the convention. The team must also have at least one member of the opposite sex.