For further development of climbing 

Bridging the gap between climbing research and practice

Looking back on Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

What's new

2022.01.31 Participants can download the Congress book 

2022. 01.20 All the presentations delivered at the 5th IRCRA Congress has been uploaded on the "On-demand" page.

2021. 12.30 Plenary lectures and Special reports from Japan are uploaded as on-demand content. The password same as for video presentation is required to access them.


2021. 11.02 Modified schedule

2021. 11.01 Late registration starts.


2021.10.28 presenters and titles of the Video and Live presentations are uploaded

2021.10.22 Time schedule (tentative) is updated 

2021. 10.1 Standard registration starts. 

2021.9.25 Early bird registration will be closed at the end of September in Japan Standard Time (UTC+7)!

From the 1st of October, the participation fee is changed to 30,000 from 25,000 JPY. The early bird registration must be completed by payment of the early bird participation fee (STEP 2). Even when you have already sent the registration form (STEP 1), you need to complete STEP 2 by the end of September. Presenters whose abstract is accepted can register as an early bird participants, even when the accepted day is later than the 30th of September. Scientific Committee members are about to finalize their reviewing process.


                                                     Register now!



2021.09.01 Early bird registration has started.

2021.08.23 Early bird registration will start on 1st of September!

2021.06.18 Registration Open date has been postponed due to technical problem. Please wait a moment! Registration will open soon! 

2021.06.16 Abstract submission has been closed. Around fifty (50) abstracts were submitted!

Please note that Abstract Submission for the International Rock Climbing Research Association's 2021 Virtual Congress is extended until July 15th, 2021.

The executive committee is putting together our final preparations and want to ensure those of you who need a little extra time have our support.  Please visit this link for abstract submission.

2021.06.01 Abstract submission has been started!

2021. 05. 31 Website is something wrong now. Please wait a moment.

2021. 05. 31 Abstract submission is open soon!

2021.04.05 <Important notice!>

 On behalf of the International Rock Climbing Research Association (IRCRA), we formally invite you to attend the 5th International Rock Climbing Research Congress, to be held in a virtual format online.  The congress is an academic conference held every two years which is dedicated to research in rock climbing.

  • Dates: November 11-14, 2021
  • Venue: Virtual Format (Zoom live)
  • Abstract Submission: Opens 1st of June and closes 30th of June 2021 (midnight, UTC+9)
  • Early Bird Registration: Opens 15th of July 2021 and closes 15th of August 2021 (midnight, CEST+7 (JST))
  • Main Registration for the Conference: Begins 16th of August 2020 (12:01am, UTC+9)

In light of the ongoing pandemic, we want to bring you the opportunity to engage in the rock climbing scientific community through a virtual format.  We will be offering a similar format of lectures and presentations.  In continuing our tradition of bringing researchers and climbers together, conference speakers will include a combination of researchers and practitioners on topics related to improving climbing performance and ensuring stewardship toward our continued interaction with the climbing environment.
We, the executive committee of the 5th International Rock Climbing Research Congress, hope that this format provides ample opportunity for exchange among the thought leaders of the climbing community.  Additional details will be provided shortly. 
The Executive Committee of the 5th International Rock Climbing Research Congress
Vanesa España Romero (Spain)  – IRCRA President
Ludovic Seifert (France) -  IRCRA Treasurer
Taylor Reed – (USA) – IRCRA Secretary

Shinji Mizumura (Japan) – IRCRA Board (Asia), Congress Manager  
Masako Harigaya (Japan) – Venue Manager
Rina Miyawaki (Japan), Ryuichiro Tomizawa (Japan) – Vice-venue Manager




5th IRCRA Congress will be held online due to COVID-19. Organisers are rescheduling the date of abstract submission, registration and others. Further information will be made sonn. Please wait a minutes. 


The local organizer is trying to hold the 5th Congress at Meiji University from 6th to 10th September in 2021. Meiji University will decide to rent or NOT to rent their campus for holding the Congress in 2021 at the end of January in 2021 due to COVID-19 situation.  Although it depends on the domestic infection status of COVID-19 in Japan, please prepare your presentation and coming to Tokyo for the Congress. The organizer will inform about the venue at the beginning of February in 2021


2020.11.1        Yuji Hirayama has been added as a Special Lecturer.    

2020.3.27        5th Congress has been postponed to 2021. (27th March 2020)

2020.3.1          Abstract submission has been opened. (1st March 2020)

2020.2.13  Introduce mountain near the TOKYO

2020.2.8    web  page Setting

5th IRCRA Congress is held ONLINE!

Headquarters: Izumi Campus of Meiji University, Tokyo, JAPAN