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Mark your calendars for Saturday 7th October for the…

EAST ANGLIAN BOULDERING CHAMPIONSHIP

The East Anglian Bouldering Championship premiers Saturday 7th October at Highball Climbing Centre, Norwich.

Aimed at attracting climbers of all abilities from around the East Anglian region, we want you to join us in showcasing your bouldering talents and be in with a chance of winning the inaugural edition of the region’s premier bouldering competition.

General Information

This is an open competition but we do have a minimum requirement, if you are one of the lucky 20 to qualify for the grand final, we require you to be a regular climber at one of the climbing centres in East Anglia. Here are some examples

  • Highball, Norwich
  • Rainbow Rocket, Cambridge
  • Colchester Climbing Project
  • Avid, Ipswich
  • Indirock, Southend-On-Sea
  • Fenrock, Wisbech
  • Rock Punk, Norwich
  • The Cragg, Stowmarket 

Once the top 20 athletes in each category are confirmed, we will be looking to verify all of the entrants with the gyms they have nominated as their home gym.


The event will consist of two qualifiers in the day with the grand final taking place in the evening.


This year, we will have the Highball routesetting team headed up by Guy Copland and we are super excited to announce that we have Jakub Stec (he sets at many of the walls across the region) and Sam Whittaker of the Climbing Works joining the team. With a huge amount of experience and local knowledge, expect the problems to be a test; both physically and mentally!

 

Qualifiers

To help us cater for as many climbers as possible, we will run 2 qualifying sessions. Both of these will be held in the afternoon of 7th October 2023. You can select your preferred session when you register.

We want to see climbers of all abilities competing for the title. If you feel you have a shot at competing in the grand final, we advise you to book on to the first qualifier. This will enable you to have enough time between qualifying and the finals to rest ready to battle it out for the title.

The Qualifying round is the informal part of the competitions where climbers are expected to self mark their scores as they attempt the 30 qualifying problems. The problems will range in difficulty, starting at font 4 and getting progressively harder.

We will be using Griptonite to track everyones scores so if you do not already have this, download the app ahead of the day to prevent any complications or delays.

The top 20 scoring Male & Female competitors go through to the grand final in the evening.

Event Information

Date: Saturday 7th October 2023

Location: Highball Climbing Center, Norwich

Registration closes Wednesday 4th October @ midnight

Entry fee: £12.50


Qualifier A – 11am – 1:30pm

Qualifier B – 2pm – 4:30pm

Isolation – 5pm – 6pm

Finals – 6pm

The top 20 scoring Male & Female competitors go through to the grand final.

We will be awarding prizes to the top 6 male and female competitors.

 

 

 

 

Grand Final

The high point of the championship will be the evenings Grand Final where the top 20 scoring Male & Female competitors compete for the title of East Anglian Bouldering Champion.

Each finalist will attempt 4 boulder problems each in the 4 minute format under the lights on the XCULT comp wall.

This will be an exhilarating couple of hours with every competitor being stretched to the limits of what they are capable of. Backed by the excited Highball crowd, this will be an evening to remember as they push their limits and make their way up the blocs!

Each competitor will have ‘4 minutes’ (4Dead) on each problem. If you are on the wall when the timer gets to 00:00, your time is up!

 

Teams

This year, we will be running a team event. To enter, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Each team must consist of 4 people.
  • Teams must consist of mixed genders and must include at least 1 female and 1 male team member.
  • Team registration will be handled at event sign in so all teams must enter the same qualifier.
  • Team scores are the total of each team members qualification score.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams who compete.

Prize Money

This year we have a grand total of £2000 in cash prizes for the top 6 competitors in each category. Here is a breakdown of what you can win:

Individual

1st – £250

2nd – £175

3rd – £150

4th – £100

5th – £75

6th – £50

Team Prizes

1st – £200

2nd – £100

3rd – £60

THE RULES

GENERAL

  1. All problems will be clearly marked, with fixed starting positions for both hands and feet.
  2. The finishing hold will be clearly marked in the same colour as the starting holds.
  3. The zone hold will be clearly marked in Blue Tape. It must be held, not just touched, in order to count.
  4. Competitors are permitted to use brushes to clean any holds they can reach whilst standing on the ground. Higher holds can be brushed (or brushed for you) as long as you do not touch/inspect the holds.
  5. An attempt is classed as successful once the finishing hold has been held with both hands (‘matched’) in a controlled manner and the judge says OK.
  6. The qualifying round adopts exactly the same format as our normal bouldering leagues/Comp nights, but has slightly different scoring (see below).
  7. The Grand Final Rounds are run in accordance to the [IFSC Rules], with a few exceptions. We’ve summarised the exceptions below and also noted the key points for each round for those not so familiar with the rule book!
  8. The Grand Final will have 4 problems for each competitor, which are to be climbed in a set order with timed climbing periods and rest periods.

UNDER 18s

  1. We will be accepting junior entires if they fall in to youth categories A, B or C. The minimum age for competitors is strictly 12 years old (i.e. born 2011).
  2. Please note there will be NO specially set problems for children. They will compete on the qualifying circuit as set for adults. Although the competition is a fun day, it is set for adults so please be aware of this if bringing your under 18 along to compete.
  3. 14 to 17 year olds must be registered as a Junior Unsupervised Climber to compete.
  4. If you are not already registered on our system, your parent will need to complete a junior unsupervised assessment form. If unsure please email hello@highballnorwich.co.uk for more information.

QUALIFYING ROUND

  1. Competitors can choose which qualifying session (A or B) to take part in when registering online. Each session is 2.5 hours long.
  2. There are 30 numbered problems in the qualifying round – competitors can climb them in any order.
  3. There is no isolation, all competitors can watch and communicate with others during the session.
  4. This round is self-scoring – mark down your attempts and progress accurately as you go. Judges will be present and any cheating will be suitably highlighted!
  5. You will use Griptonite to log your attempts on each problem so we advise you download this app and have this ready ahead of time.
  6. Competitors have a maximum of three attempts per problem. A successful first attempt is worth 10 points, a successful second attempt is worth 7 points, a successful third attempt is worth 4 points. Holding the bonus hold is worth 1 bonus point, however this point will not be included in your overall score. The bonus point only come into play in the event of a tie break i.e. your score could be 160 points plus 18 bonus points. 16 flashes and 18 bonuses.
  7. In the event of a broken hold, a loose hold, or anything else which results in unfair advantage or disadvantage to any competitor, the problem must be repaired. The competitor can make another attempt on the problem.
  8. Once both qualifying rounds have taken place, all competitors will be ranked in order of total points scored, then bonus points.
  9. The top 20 male and female competitors will proceed to the Grand Final.

GRAND FINAL

  1. Each competitor will have 4 problems to climb.
  2. Competitors will be held in isolation before and during the Final.
  3. The starting order will be in reverse order of qualification i.e. if you qualified last, you will climb first.
  4. Each competitor will have ‘4 minutes’ (4Dead) on each problem, i.e. if you are on the wall when the timer gets to 00:00, your time is up and a top or match on the zone hold will not be counted from this point forward.
  5. There will be allocated judges who will be responsible for scoring.
  6. Competitors will remain on the mats once they have started their first problem.

FAQ’s

What is the format of the competition?

The EABC will consist of two qualifiers in the day with a semi-finals style grand final held in the evening.

What is the competition schedule?

Qualifier A – 11am – 1:30pm

Qualifier B – 2pm – 4:30pm

Isolation – 5pm – 6pm

Finals – 6pm

Are there any conditions to enter this competition?

Yes. You will need to be a regular climber at one of the following climbing centres in the East Anglian region:

  • Highball, Norwich
  • Rainbow Rocket, Cambridge
  • Colchester Climbing Project
  • Avid, Ipswich
  • Indirock, Southend-On-Sea
  • Fenrock, Kings Lynn
  • Rock Punk, Norwich
  • The Cragg, Stowmarket 

Once registration closes, we will be looking to verify all of the entrants with the gyms they have nominated as their home gym.

Will there be a youth category?

We will not have a dedicated youth round this year so any youths taking part in the EABC will be climbing the same problems as the adults.

We will publish youth results and recognise these with certificates for the top 3 youth competitiors but any youths competing in this year’s EABC will be climbing for the same time and there will not be prizes specifically for youth categories.

Who will be setting at this year's EABC?

This year, we have the excellent Highball routesetting team of Gilbert headed up by Guy, and we are super excited to announce that they will be joined by the talented Jakub Stec and Sam Whittaker.

Can spectators come and watch?

Yes, of course! We encourage everyone to come down and cheer on our finalists!

What do you class as a regular climber?

For this years championship, a regular climber will simply be identified as someone who has climbed at least 6 times in the last 3 months.