Stronghold Winter Bouldering League is back and this time, we have upped the ante.
There are now just 20 problems graded V0 – V10 with more comp-style problems. But do not think less problems means easier rounds – our route setters will be putting your strength, skills, and stamina to the test.
Scorecards cost £3 with all entry-fees going to the prize cash pot. The last two leagues saw the senior winners taking home £300 each.
The climbs will stay up for around five weeks, so you can enter at any time. But, if you join us for the launch night, there will be a raffle, a BBQ or pizza, and post-climb beers from local breweries.
Beyond Hope are joining us for the launch of Round One with an Evolv Boot Demo.
There will be 20 new problems set every month, problem one will be the easiest and problem 20 will be the hardest. The grades and a map of the problems are on the score cards.
The rounds will start on the following dates:
Round One – Friday, October 26th
Round Two – Friday, December 7th
Round Three – Friday, January 18th
Round Four – Friday, February 22nd
Everyone who comes on the night and buys a score card will be entered into a raffle draw which will happen at 8pm. Drinks and food will also be available.
Raffle prizes include a free month membership to Stronghold, free private coaching session, free hot drinks voucher, Stronghold t-shirts and vests, chalk bags, chalk and liquid chalk.
You have around five weeks to try the problems and score yourself as you go. You can leave your score card at reception to collect when you return.
All score cards must be handed in by the end of the round. We record all of the results and publish them a week after the start of the next round.
Your three best scores from the first four rounds go towards your final score.
The Winter Bouldering League culminates in an all day event that will be held on Saturday, March 30, coinciding with our second birthday.
Climbers will have from 9am until 5pm to try the 20 new problems and their points from the day will be doubled and added to their best three scores from the first four rounds.
There will be food and drink served throughout the day.
The overall top four male and overall top four female competitors of all age groups will then climb in the Grand Final at 6pm to see who will claim the overall prize.
Everyone is welcome to watch the Grand Final and the age group presentations. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each age group and gender category.
Join us afterwards for birthday drinks and cake.
The age categories are as follows:
Veteran: Born in or before 1972
Senior: Born between 1973 and 2000
Junior: Born in 2001 or 2002
Youth: Born in or after 2003
The Winter Bouldering League is a relaxed and fun competition which will lead to a tense final on the Grand Final day. Even though it’s a relaxed competition there are still a few rules which need to be followed.
If you are unsure of any of the rules just speak to a member of staff and they will happily advise you.
• Start with your hands on the tagged starting holds.
• You must not work (practice) individual moves on a problem. Every attempt must start at the tagged starting holds.
• You can use the walls or volumes for smearing if required.
• The last hold must be matched in control for it to be a successful ascent.
• The bonus holds are marked and must be held in control to count, not just touched.
• The bonus hold only counts if you fail to complete the problem.
THE SCORE CARD
• Write the number of points you attain for each problem.
• You score yourself (honesty is the best policy).
• Write your full name clearly on the score card.
• Once you feel you have done all the problems you can tally your points and write the total on the card and return in to reception.