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Hang Climbing (ハングクライミング), called Ascending Climb in English broadcasts, was a Third Stage obstacle that was introduced in SASUKE 21. A wall scattered with rock climbing artifacts and angled at 45°, its function was very similar to its predecessor, Sending Climber, albeit with some differences:

  • The rocks were bigger, thus requiring less finger strength compared to Sending Climber.
  • The distance of it to the previous obstacle, Jumping Bars, is closer than Sending Climber, thus making an easier transition between the obstacles.
  • The 45° angle was sharper than the angle of Sending Climber, such that competitors were able to use their feet, which were not allowed on Sending Climber.


Kanno Hitoshi attempting Hang Climbing in SASUKE 23

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

In the tournaments it appeared, it only eliminated Takeda Toshihiro, who was also the first competitor to attempt the obstacle. This also makes it one of three obstacles in SASUKE's history to only take out All-Stars, with the other two being the Downhill Jump and the Climbing Bars.


Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS 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%


Other Appearances

American Ninja Warrior

American Ninja Warrior 4's Hang Climb in Stage Three

American Ninja Warrior 5's Hang Climb in Stage Three

American Ninja Warrior 6's Hang Climb in Stage Three

American Ninja Warrior 8's Hang Climb in Stage Three

The Hang Climbing, simply called Hang Climb, appeared as the sixth obstacle in Stage Three from American Ninja Warrior 4 to American Ninja Warrior 7, and then as the fifth obstacle in Stage Three on American Ninja Warrior 8, 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. Also, the length of the obstacle was ten feet.

On American Ninja Warrior 4, the Hang Climb ensnared and eliminated Brent Steffensen, who was the only competitor to advance to Stage Three. On American Ninja Warrior 5, Brian Arnold became the first competitor to complete the obstacle 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 the second straight season.

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 each the Last Man Standing, thecompetitor who made the furthest than any other competitor of their respective American Ninja Warrior seasons. These three competitors also attempted the obstacle again during American Ninja Warrior's international tournaments, Brent Steffensen during USA vs. Japan, Joe Moravsky during USA vs. The World, and Drew Drechsel during USA vs. The World 3, and Drew Drechsel was the only one who could complete it. Also, the four competitors who completed the obstacle during American Ninja Warrior's regular season, Brian Arnold, Ian Dory, Isaac Caldiero, and Geoff Britten, all have rock-climbing backgrounds, making this obstacle suitable for their skills and strength.

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

On American Ninja Warrior 9, the obstacle was replaced by the Peg Cloud.


SASUKE Vietnam

SASUKE Vietnam 3's Hang Climbing

Vách Nghiêng, SASUKE Vietnam's official name for Hang Climbing, appeared in Stage 3 as the third obstacle on SASUKE Vietnam 3 and SASUKE Vietnam 4, and then as the fourth obstacle on SASUKE Vietnam 5, which was similar to one used on American Ninja Warrior 7, since the obstacle was preceded by the Pole Grasper.

Just like the Half Pipe Attack, Ni Ren Soritatsu Kabe, and Floating Boards, the SASUKE Vietnam logo was also printed on the obstacle. Also, the obstacle's design was incredibly similar to the Sending Climber.

During the broadcast of SASUKE Vietnam 3, the obstacle was called 'Ông Trùm', The Boss, due to the fact that the obstacle was much harder than the previous Rumbling Dice, and it eliminated nine out of ten competitors who attempted it. Only Mat Redho was able to complete the obstacle.

On SASUKE Vietnam 4, the obstacle eliminated sixteen out of twenty competitors who attempted it. Only four competitors, Đỗ Văn Quang, Nguyễn Doãn Thọ, Nguyễn Minh Tuấn, and Mat Redho, were able to complete the obstacle.

On SASUKE Vietnam 5, the obstacle eliminated six out of eight competitors who attempted it. Only two competitors, Trần Minh Khương and Nguyễn Minh Tuấn, were able to complete the obstacle.


Australian Ninja Warrior

Australian Ninja Warrior 2's Hang Climb

On Australian Ninja Warrior 2, the Hang Climb appeared as the second obstacle in Stage Three, which was similar to the one used on American Ninja Warrior 8, since the obstacle was preceded by the Curved Body Prop with no rest. However, since no competitor was able to complete Stage Two on that season, the obstacle was unattempted.

Australian Ninja Warrior 4's Hang Climb

Then, on Australian Ninja Warrior 4, the Hang Climb appeared as the first obstacle in Stage Three. This time, all four competitors who attempted the obstacle, Matthew Bowles, Ben Polson, Zak Stolz, and Charlie Robbins, were able to complete it.


Ninja Warrior Poland

On Ninja Warrior Poland 2, the Hang Climb appeared in the grand final as the eighth obstacle of the second stage. The obstacle was preceded by the Flying Shelf Grab, which was completed only by Robert Bandosz, who then attempted to overcome the Climbing Wall. However, it fell when moving from the second handle to the third one.

Then, in Ninja Warrior Poland 3, Hang Climbing reappeared in the grand finale as the eighth obstacle of the second stage. The obstacle was preceded by Spinball Wizard, who only Sebastian Kasprzyk managed to complete in order to attempt the Climbing Wall. It fell when moving from the left handle to the next.

However, the obstacle was never completed as it was replaced in Ninja Warrior Poland 4 by Pole Grasper.

Competitor's Success Rate

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 71.43%
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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