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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 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, JJ Woods, Jessie Graff, Sean Darling-Hammond, Nicholas Coolridge, Thomas Stillings, and Mitch VeDepo. 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. Overall, the Elevator Climb eliminated exactly half of the competitors who attempted it.

Likely because of its difficulty, the obstacle was only used for one season, and it was replaced by the Spider Trap on the next season.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
ANW City Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW9 Los Angeles 4 6 66.67%
San Antonio 1 4 25%
Daytona Beach 1 4 25%
Cleveland 2 2 100%
Kansas City 0 1 0%
Denver 1 1 100%
Total 9 18 50%


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