After a wet and cold last half of winter, it's about time we get to come out of hibernation and attend some of the can't-miss climbing events coming up this spring. So, get ready to chalk up and get started by marking these dates in your calendar.
Hosted by First Avenue Rocks, this competition is like no other. Teams of two climbers each will compete to send as many problems as possible in the set amount of time and category. The problems completed will be counted in pairs and both climbers must do the same quantity of problems for them to be added towards the final score. To add even more drama and excitement to the competition, the second leg of the competition will be held at a “mystery crag”, a location that will not be announced until sometime in March.
As with most climbing competitions, there is typically a great reason behind them—other than the unmatched great time you will have of course—and this comp is no different. The Southeastern Climbers’ Coalition plan on donating all proceeds from the competition to help pay off the purchase of Palisades Park, an acquisition made by the Access Fund to prevent closure.
A trail maintenance day is planned for Sand Rock to improve the trails and clean up trash. Sand Rock is located in Alabama and has unfortunately seen abuse and vandalism by some users over the years. To help prevent this, the SCC have been planning an annual clean up effort here, which continues to raise money to help preserve and keep the area clean. Sand Rock has a great variety of routes for all skill levels as well as boulders strewn throughout the cliff line. It's a great spot to bring both your rope and your pad.
King’s Bluff is a limestone crag north of Nashville with both sport and trad routes in a wide range of grades. The SCC is planning a trail day to improve the condition of the trails by doing repairs and rebuilding certain sections to prevent future erosion. The SCC asks you to bring any tools and equipment you may have to help make the improvements.
The close proximity to Nashville makes it easy to stop for some food and drinks after a long day of working hard on the trails. We suggest Fido for some tasty grub and Barista Parlor for one of the best cups of coffee you've ever had.
The more you boulder, the more money will be donated in this climbing challenge held at one of the best boulder fields in the Southeast. For each V-grade, $1 will be given to the International Mountain Leadership Institute to support the Community First Responder Programs due to be implemented in remote villages of Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas. The event will also have an auction, videos, and even raffles and a dinner. So if you're looking for the chance to have a good time while supporting a good cause, and possibly even winning some cool stuff, then you should definitely check out the Chandler Mountain Challenge.
The 3rd annual Ragnarök climbing competition is just around the corner and registration has already started. The competition is organized to benefit Tennessee State Parks, and in the past it has raised several hundred dollars. The competition itself is an endurance event where climbers will attempt to climb as many routes as possible in a 12 hour time period. But the fun doesn’t stop there; prizes for the best team name and best costume will also be awarded. This competition is a great way to push yourself as well as your partner, both physically and mentally.