Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New Year and new twists

The number is two.  Two events where teams of two compete at two climbing areas in Alabama.  

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The format will require teamwork and strategy to win. The well-planned circuit finished by noon won't be an option. The competitive pair with the strongest muscles, best skin, and biggest egos may have a slight advantage, but it will take more than the power of ONE to win.

With a new year will come a new twist- a different climbing area.  Competitors will again visit the expansive Hospital Boulders, and face the challenge of several brand new boulder problems.  The twist will come with a different area that will be completely new to the majority of competitors.   Will it be Moss Rock? Sand Rock? Desoto Park??  You will have to wait til March to find out.    The twist will definitely challenge the competitive teams, and create a one of a kind climbing competition.

-Teams of two climbers complete problems within their V grade range. Amount and time critical. Only one has to complete boulder problem, but other MUST be spotting so no "divide and conquer" action here. Each competitor must do 1/2 of the problems on score card. This means if your scorecard has 20 problems listed then each team member MUST have completed 10 problems.
-Five Categories (Beginning, Seasoned, Bad Ass, Master Blaster, Club Old Man)
Beginning……. V0-V3 climbers
Seasoned……… V4-V6 climbers
Bad Ass……….. V7-V10+ climbers
Master Blaster....  teams without V limit doing the most problems.
Old Man………. teams members birthday later than 6.16.1970

When…….3.14..15 and 3.21.15

Where….... Hospital Boulders and ????

Cost………$100 per team covers both comps.  $75 for individual comp.Pre register before March 1 to get your shirts!

Why...........With the recent pay off of Hospital Boulders our project for this year is Palisades Park in Oneonta, Alabama.  Since the early 1980’s climbers have frequented the city park enjoying the 100+ traditional routes.  In the late 1990’s bouldering was discovered on the slopes that border the park.  This area is included in the current Horse Pens 40 Bouldering publication.

Last year climbers learned of a potential problem on the horizon at Palisades Park.  The land we had assumed was part of the park was actually privately owned, and up for sale.  Luckily Palisades Park and the Access Fund quickly moved into action making arrangement for park acquisition.  The climbing area was saved, but a $30000 debt was left to be paid.
Our goal this year is to donate all profits to the park to help pay off the debt.  The Palisades land manager has always been very supportive of climbers, and our hope with this mission is to solidify our continued presence in the park.   We can make it happen.  

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