The Front Climbing Club to Host USA Climbing Competition.

Organizations bring national climbing competition to Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, UT – The Front Climbing Club and USA Climbing are excited to share that the 2020 USA Climbing: Sport & Speed Open National Championships will be hosted by The Front Climbing Club at its newest location in the Town of Millcreek on March 13 and 14, 2020.

“For over 20 years, The Front Climbing Club has been throwing events and competitions that fuel our community’s bond and competitive spirit. To continue this tradition, we’re proud to host the 2020 Sport & Speed Open National Championships and showcase our brand-new Front South Main facility,” said Dustin Buckthal, CEO of The Front.

This event will peel back the curtain on The Front’s long awaited third gym on South Main in Millcreek. Comp participants will be the first to climb on the gym’s walls and attendees will get a first look of the space before it officially opens to members and guests.

“With a 15-meter speed wall, 65-foot lead walls and three separate bouldering walls built by our sister company Vertical Solutions, South Main is the ideal location for this competition,” said Buckthal. “We’re thrilled to host the best U.S. climbing athletes leading up to the sport’s Olympic debut in Tokyo.”

Including more than 100 climbers from across the country, Sport & Speed Open Nationals have no Olympic implications but will help determine members of the U.S. National Team who will compete internationally on the World Cup circuit this year.

Sport and speed climbing are two of three disciplines that will make up the combined event for the Tokyo Games. Speed climbing is performed on pre-set routes in which climbers must ascend a vertical wall as fast as possible. Sport climbing is performed on vertical and overhanging walls in which competitors must get as high as possible without falling on technically difficult routes that are different in every competition. Those who complete both as efficiently as possible will advance to the next round.

“The National Championships are an amazing opportunity for our climbers to test themselves against the best and realize the dream of competing on the national stage,” said John Muse, Vice President of Sport. “These events wouldn’t be possible without excellent host venues and

communities. We are excited to have another National Championships in our backyard to engage our members and fans and help to grow the sport.”

The Sport & Speed Open National Championships are open to all USA Climbing Competitor Members provided they are 16 years of age or older. Competitors may register for Sport Only, Speed Only or Sport & Speed – the registration fee is a single price regardless of discipline(s) selected during registration. Competitors can sign up at and those wishing to spectate can purchase tickets at


On March 9, members of the press are invited to tour The Front South Main with CEO and owner of the gym Dustin Buckthal and USA Climbing’s Marketing and Communications Manager Zachary Brinchi. There will be a press conference with USA Climbing athletes immediately following the tour. Stay tuned for details and formal invitation.


About The Front Climbing Club

The Front Climbing Club was the first commercial climbing gym in Salt Lake City. What started as a garage-style co-op in 1989 under the name “The Body Shop,” has since evolved into multi-gym, world-class facilities. Built within striking distance of the Wasatch, The Front’s three locations are indoor rock-climbing utopias with bouldering and rope climbing walls as well as yoga and group fitness spaces, a fully stocked gym, youth programming and climbing instruction. For more information, please email Tommy Chandler at

About USA Climbing

USA Climbing is recognized by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of competition climbing. The organization manages the disciplines of Bouldering, Speed and Sport climbing as well as the Collegiate and Adaptive Series. USA Climbing, a member federation of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC), also hosts IFSC World Cup events and sends athletes to participate in the IFSC’s World Cup circuit and the World Climbing and Paraclimbing Championships. For more information, contact USA Climbing’s