Competitors must use two levers that only move upward, and pump their arms up 35 feet, similar to the Invisible Ladder. However, unlike the Invisible Ladder, the space between the walls was returned to the Spider Climb version (although competitors were still not allowed to use their feet while attempting this obstacle).
Because of the immense amount of upper body usage, in its first season appearance, this obstacle was proven to be much similar to the Invisible Ladder, as the obstacle ended many veterans' run, once they got to it, mainly due to them being spent much time and energy after the previous nine obstacles. It took out competitors like Brent Steffensen, Flip Rodriguez, Nicholas Coolridge, Thomas Stillings, and Jessie Graff. However, four competitors could complete this obstacle in its first city finals course appearance (in Los Angeles), compared to just one competitor completed the Invisible Ladder in its first city finals course appearance (in Venice Beach). In total, 9 competitors could complete the obstacle all season.
- Coincidentally, Flip Rodriguez both failed the Elevator Climb and the Invisible Ladder in his first attempt.
- Similar to the Invisible Ladder during American Ninja Warrior 8's Philadelphia finals (where no competitor could complete it), during American Ninja Warrior 9's Kansas City finals, no competitor could complete the Elevator Climb, as Mitch VeDepo (the only one who attempted the obstacle) failed (making it the second time in American Ninja Warrior history, that no competitor could complete the city finals course).
- With Jessie Graff attempted the Elevator Climb during Daytona Beach finals, this marked the furthest point a woman made in a city finals course, since Kacy Catanzaro's completion of Dallas finals on American Ninja Warrior 6.