Did you know that January 4 is National Trivia Day?! In honor of this fact-filled occasion, we put together a classic trivia test piece about all the weird, wacky, and downright wow-inducing things that make up this sport of rock climbing we all love.

Whether you’re a new age boulderer or an old school trad dad, it’s time to test your knowledge of the beta, but don’t expect an on-sight.  We haven’t yet decided which is harder: climbing V15 or getting all 15 of these questions right.  (View your results with correct answers and trivia info at the end ... no cheating!)

What was the first rock climbing grading system ever used?
What are Fred Nicole’s most notable climbing achievements?
At what point does bouldering become highballing?
Who was first to free climb El Cap?
1 out of 4
Nalle Hukkataival is the only person in the world to have bouldered V17.
In what type of climbing would one experience the “screaming barfies”?
Who can we thank for the first rock climbing emoji?
In terms of a cardiovascular workout, rock climbing about 5.11 for 5 minutes is the equivalent of….
2 out of 4
Where was the first indoor climbing gym constructed?
Which pro climber was the first to make it to Hollywood?
Who is considered responsible for the birth of big wall climbing?
What is a “monkey fist” in the world of rock climbing?
3 out of 4
On June 3, 2017, Alex Honnold completed the legacy free solo of El Cap’s Freerider. What other first happened on El Cap that week?
As of the end of 2019, what was the fastest indoor speed climb (up a 15 meter wall) ever achieved?
Where would one see the grade “V-Diff" used to describe a rock climb?
4 out of 4
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