Hang Climbing (ハングクライミング) was a third stage obstacle that was introduced in SASUKE 21. Its function was very similar to the Sending Climber obstacle that it replaced. It was a 15 degree-angled wall scattered with rock climbing artifacts.

There are some differences between the Sending Climber and the Hang Climbing:

  • The rocks were bigger, thus requiring less finger strength than the Sending Climber obstacle in order to pass it.
  • The distance of it to the previous obstacle (Jumping Bars) is closer than the Sending Climber, thus making an easier transition between the obstacles.
  • The 15-degree angle was sharper than the angle of the Sending Climber, such that competitors were able to use their feet, which were not allowed on the Sending Climber.

It is one of the few Third Stage obstacles where feet were allowed on the obstacle. It lied between the Jumping Bars and Spider Flip, allowing no rest for competitors in between the obstacles.

In the tournaments it was in the Third Stage, it only eliminated Takeda Toshihiro, who was also the first competitor to attempt the obstacle.

American Ninja Warrior Appearances

ANW8 Hang Climb

American Ninja Warrior 8's Hang Climb in Stage Three

The Hang Climbing returned in Stage Three on American Ninja Warrior 4 (and it was called as the Hang Climb), once again as the sixth obstacle, but being preceded by these obstacles instead of the Jumping Bars:

There, the design of the obstacle was more similar to the Sending Climber. While competitors could still use their feet, the size of the rocks were about the same size as those in the Sending Climber. As the result, this ensnared and eliminated Brent Steffensen, who was the only competitor to make it to that point.

It was again used on American Ninja Warrior 5, and Brian Arnold became the first person to complete it on American Ninja Warrior. On American Ninja Warrior 6, Joe Moravsky reached this obstacle and failed. On American Ninja Warrior 7, three competitors (Ian Dory, Isaac Caldiero, and Geoff Britten) completed this obstacle, while Drew Drechsel failed. On American Ninja Warrior 8, Drew Drechsel reached this obstacle and failed once again for a second straight competition.

Interestingly, three competitors who failed on this obstacle (Brent Steffensen on American Ninja Warrior 4, Joe Moravsky on American Ninja Warrior 6, and Drew Drechsel on American Ninja Warrior 8) were the "Last Man Standing" (competitor who made the furthest than any other competitor) of their respective American Ninja Warrior season.

From American Ninja Warrior 4 to American Ninja Warrior 6, the handholds and footholds are attached to a scaffolding, while on American Ninja Warrior 7 and American Ninja Warrior 8, they are attached to a plexiglass.

This obstacle was replaced by the Peg Cloud on American Ninja Warrior 9.

Other Appearances


Vách Nghiêng (SASUKE Vietnam 3's official name for Hang Climbing) appeared as the fourth obstacle on SASUKE Vietnam 3's Stage 3. They called the obstacle as 'ông trùm', because the obstacle was much harder than the Rumbling Dice on SASUKE Vietnam 2 and it eliminated many competitors, and only one competitor could complete it (Mat Redho). Just like the Half Pipe Attack, Double Warped Wall, and Floating Boards, the SASUKE Vietnam logo is also printed on the obstacle.

Competitor's Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS/NBC broadcast and external information found.
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
21 1 2 50%
22 2 2 100%
23 5 5 100%
24 7 7 100%
Total 15 16 93.75%

American Ninja Warrior

ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW4 0 1 0%
ANW5 1 1 100%
ANW6 0 1 0%
ANW7 3 4 75%
ANW8 0 1 0%
USA vs. Japan 3 4 75%
USA vs. The World 5 7 71%
USA vs. The World 2 6 6 100%
USA vs. The World 3 4 4 100%
Total 22 29 75.86%

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