Question: Is climbing a sport? Answer: The short answer is Yes. However if you need an explanation here we go. Climbing is sport for I think three main reasons. One: It is now in the Olympics. As of 2017 climbing will make it's first appearance in the 2020 Olympics. Two: People devote a ton of time and put in just as much work as any other sport to get better. There are also professional climbers who have sponsors and compete all around the globe for a living. Three: There are competitions all around the United States evey weekend. Competitors off all ages compete against each other for fun or sometimes money.
Question: How long is an average competition? Answer: The average competiton is usually four hours. However an official competition like nationals will last must longer because it is a different format of competition.
Question: Don't you get scared up there? Answer: Yes, most of the time climbing is very safe and to an experienced climber, not scary. However, sometimes there is a section of a climb that is scary. This might be because the fall is scetchy of the move goes to a bad hold.