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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 an acutely-angled wall scattered with rock climbing artifacts. Its difference from the Sending Climber was that the rocks were bigger, thus requiring less finger strength than the Sending Climber obstacle in order to pass it. 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 one person, Takeda Toshihiro, who was also the first person to attempt the obstacle.


It later returned in the third stage as an obstacle in the finals of American Ninja Warrior 4, once again as the sixth obstacle, but being preceded by the Bungee Rope Climb instead of the Jumping Bars. There, 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 a 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 (for a second straight competition).

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.World (2016) 6 6 100%
Total 18 25 72%

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