Top Ten Best Male Sport Rock Climbers In 2015Rock climbing has been around for millennia, though not always as an established sport. Since the early 1980's however, the rules of the sport changed and no longer were climbers dependent on placing their own gear into the rock.
With the addition of pre-drilled bolts and hangers on routes, rock climbers were able to worry less about placing their equipment for protection and focus more on pushing their bodies to the physical limits. This new focus on the athleticism of climbing became known as "sport climbing".
Below are the top ten best male sport climbers. To be on this list, the climbers does not have to be solely a sport climber (as few climbers follow solely one style or another) but their prowess on the rock needs to be significant in the sport climbing realm. They also must still be climbing hard in 2015.
Known by many as the "Michael Jordan" of climbing, this California native began conquering the world's toughest sport climbs as an early teenager. By the time he hit his stride in his 20s, he was not only climbing every challenging route but also establishing new climbs that only he could ascend. He showed the world what was possible.
This Czech rock climber is in his early 20s and has already climbed the hardest routes in the world. He frequently partners with Chris Sharma to create new routes that raise the bar of possibility.
Surpassing almost everyone else in the sport when it comes to competition climbing, Patxi also has a slew of impressive onsights to his credit.
This Canadian is a champion on multiple levels and has climbed many of the world's hardest climbs.
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A professional Spanish climber, Ramon has won numerous championships in multiple disciplines and continues to challenge those around him to hit his high points.
While he professes to enjoy bouldering the most, his early ascents of many of sport climbing's hardest route still hold up an impressive today. When he gets on the sharp end of a rope, he sends, hard.
This young Spanish climbers excels in all areas of rock climbing and we've only just seen the tip of the iceberg. His ascents are up at the top of the sport with those many years his senior.
Putting up some of the hardest sport routes in Europe, Dani has been on the scene for decades and continues to surprise with new accomplishments.
This Frenchman has been continuously climbing hard routes for over a decade.
Excelling in multiple aspects of climbing, his first love is sport. Look at any guidebook in the US and chances are you'll see his name in it.