I am always interested in the history of rock climbing. Lately, I tried to collect data about male and female first ascents to visualize progression in rock climbing over time (I have a small blog Climbstat writing about climbing data and statistics). See below for some visualizations of the data I could collect so far. However, it turned out difficult to find a lot of data especially for female climbers. An exception to the rule is this nice source from which I borrowed a lot of information.

Do you have any idea where I can find additional data about first ascents? I would be especially interested in first onsights / flashes, information about first bouldering ascents as well as information about early first female ascents (such as first female 7a, 7a+, ...).

enter image description here enter image description here

  • 1
    You could also try asking on Open Data. You will need to explain some of the rock climbing specific terms for that audience (like, define exactly what a "first ascent" is).
    – csk
    Jan 14, 2020 at 20:36

1 Answer 1


Not sure if you're still looking for information on this but the Pinnacle Club (the UK's first women's rock climbing club) have just celebrated their centenary and have put together a website with lots of information and archival footage from the past century. This webpage in particular has a lot of female firsts, although it may be earlier in climbing history than what you're looking for.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.