Landers has been climbing all his life. Introduced to the sport at the age of three by his father who worked in a climbing gym in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Landers was hanging around on holds early. He liked it instantly and joined local youth teams as soon as he was able. Once old enough to travel and climb outside, family climbing trips got him hooked on real rock and from here he’s gone from strength to strength.
What sets Landers apart from many of his peers is that he does it all: competition, trad, sport, bouldering, mixed and ice climbing. In the competition realm he has podium positions in national bouldering and route climbing competitions, including the top spot of Youth C National Champion for lead/top rope in 2022. While for ice climbing, Landers was the U16 Ice Climbing North American Champion and U16 Ice Climbing World Champion in 2022, at just 12 years old and after only starting to ice climb a few months prior.
His accomplishments outdoors are equally inspiring. Since relocating with his family to Salt Lake City, Utah, he’s been tearing up blocs and lines both in state and further afield. This includes boulders up to V11, such as Fingerhut (V10) in Joe’s Valley, Baggins Low Start (V11) in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and a flash of Spiral Helix (V10) in Moe’s Valley; Sport routes up to 5.14a (8b+) including Sniffing Glue (5.13c) and The Present (5.14a) in St. George, Little G (5.13c) in American Fork Canyon, an onsight of Narrow Minded (5.13a) in South Willow Canyon and a tick of Buffalo (5.13d) at Wild Iris, Wyoming; not to mention trad lines up to 5.12a, such as Way Rambo (5.12a) and Jupiter Crack (5.11) in Indian Creek and Electric Avenue (5.12a) at City of Rocks in Idaho. He’s also ticked mixed routes up to M8+ in difficulty, like Bombs Over Baghdad (M8+) and Gimlet (M7+) in Santaquin Canyon.
And all of this in time for his 13th birthday.
With such an extraordinary climbing résumé, there’s little doubt that Landers is one to watch in the coming years.