Rock Wall Climbing Competition at LH Saturday 6/8/19 10-1pm!
Rock Wall Climbing Competition at LH

We are holding a competition for all of our Rock Climbing enthusiasts at Liberty Harbor! On June 8th we will have fun while competing! Register to enter the competition.

Gravity Vault Hoboken will be holding a tabling event as well, so all rock climbing enthusiasts and novices are encouraged to join.

You MUST be auto-belay certified for the wall to enter the competition. To get belay certified, you must come to one of our certification classes. If you haven’t gotten certified yet, we will have a class every two weeks leading up to the competition. Sign up early and get practicing!

WHAT: Rock Wall Climbing Competition
DATE: Saturday, June 8th
TIME: 10am – 1pm
WHERE: 333 Grand Rock Wall (2nd Floor)

Certification Class Dates/ Times:


TO QUALIFY: You must be auto-belay certified by our staff prior to the competition. You must be a current resident of Liberty Harbor.

FORMAT: Modified Red Point Competition. We have 11 climbs with varying difficulty set for the competition. All the climbing routes are available to all the climbers at once, and the competitors may attempt climbs as many times as they wish in the given time period of 3 hours. Each climber has to carry a scorecard and give it to a judge or spectator before each attempt.

BETA: Climbers may discuss beta (information or advice about the climbs) in between attempts, or when the climbers are on the wall. Climbers may also watch the other competitors’ attempts to learn about the climbs.

SCORING: Each route will have a point value. The score you will receive if – and ONLY if- you top it. At the end of the competition, only the top 5 scores on your scorecard will be counted. Attempts are recorded and may be used to break ties.

Elite Open
Recreational Open
Adults: First, Second and Third Prizes
Youth (ages 12 and under): First, Second and Third Prizes

Elite Open
1st Prize: Gravity Vault Hoboken Top Rope Belay Class & 1 Day Pass + some small GV swag
2nd Prize: Gravity Vault Hoboken 1 Day Pass or Top Rope Belay Class + some small GV Swag
3rd Prize: Climbing Chalk Bag, Refillable Chalk Ball, FrictionLabs Loose Chalk ClimbOn skin care lotion bar

Recreational Open
1st Prize: Echo Dot
2nd Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Prize: $10 Jersey Wines Gift Card

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Practice the climbs. Take time to learn the routes that you want to climb: warm-up climbs, ‘safety’ climbs and try-hard climbs.

Be selective about your climbs. Once you are warmed up, don’t waste time and energy on climbs that are way too easy. Be strategic from the beginning by finding 4 ‘safety’ climbs that you are fairly confident you can top on the first try- but also have decent point values. Once you have those 5 scores in place, you can work on your try-hard climbs with higher point values to replace those ‘safe’ scores with better ones.

Take breaks. It’s common to hit a wall after an hour or so of a rock climbing competition. If you feel yourself getting frustrated, take a breather. Have a snack, drink some water, and take a step back for a few minutes. Rest long enough to regain a positive attitude and get back some of your energy. Pace yourself.

Manage your time. Pay attention to which climbs have long lines and which do not. Remember, only tops count in this competition. Only get in a long line if you are fairly sure you can climb to the top and the point value is worth the wait.

Make every attempt count. Try every method with 100% effort, or you won’t know if that beta will work for you or not. If you fall, learn from the attempt, and make adjustments accordingly. A good rule of thumb: If after 3 tries, you are not confident you will top the climb in the next 1-2 attempts, move on to something else (you can come back to it later). Also, attempts factor into tie breakers. In a tie, the climber with fewer attempts will prevail.

Relax and enjoy your climbing. Focus on gaining profitable experience on these competition-style climbs. Don’t worry about placement. Just have fun, and concentrate on climbing, not competing.
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