ANW9 Elevator Climb

American Ninja Warrior 9's Elevator Climb

The Elevator Climb is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the tenth and final obstacle in every city finals course on American Ninja Warrior 9, replacing the Invisible Ladder from the past two American Ninja Warrior seasons.

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 decreased to 4 feet, which was similar to the Spider Climb (although competitors were still not allowed to use their feet while attempting this obstacle). Also, just like the Spider Climb and Invisible Ladder, the starting platform at the bottom of the walls would move slightly upward when the competitors scaled the obstacle, in order to soften the impact, in case of the competitors failed to complete the obstacle and fell.

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.