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If you're new to a climbing comp or just new to The Front, these will help explain the ins and outs of Citizens' Events at The Front.  Our goal is to make these events inclusive for both experienced as well as first-time comp goers.  If you have any questions, just stop by The Front Desk and ask, we'll be happy to help.


You can register ahead of time or when you check-in for the event.  Early-registering will typically save you a few bucks plus speed up your check-in. You'll use the same online form if you register now or at The Front - so do it now!  


Check-in opens about a hour before the comp starts.  If you haven't pre-registered, then you'll register at check-in.  We'll verify your name, waiver, division and payment, then give you your score card and scoring code (for the web based scoring).


Our division is the group of climbers you "compete" with.  The divisions are based on gender and age, or gender and 'Open'.  The 'Open' division is intended for those climbing V7 and above and the age based division is intended for the beginner and intermediate climber.  Each climber has the option to choose age-based or open. However, if you sign up for the age-based division, and consistently climb in the V7 and above range, we'll call you out for sandbagging! 

As for the age based divisions; we attempt to create age groups that create an even distribution of climbers.  Based on previous events, we typically have more twenty to early thirty year old climbers, so we divide this group into more divisions.  There's no fixed rule and division may change for each event. 


We typically have between 40 and 60 problems for each event.  Problems are set the day before the event; none of the competitors have any experience with the problems.  Each problem has a scoring point value based on its difficulty.  The problems are numbered, but there is no logic to their numbering - an easy climb might have a high number, or there might be missing numbers.  The scores are generally between 0 and 1200, with 100s values corresponding to the V-grade (i.e. a problem with 87 points is probably around a V0, one worth 567 is probably around V5).


Each problem has a point value.  When you complete a problem (by grabbing the top rail), you receive the point value less any 'fall value' as your score for that problem.  For each fall attempting a problem, you subtract the fall-value from your final score for that problem -- assuming you actually complete the problem.  The event fall-value is posted on your score card and may differ between each event.  You can only score once for each problem. 

Your final score is the sum of your top five problem scores.

Computer Based Scoring

You'll enter your own scores on our web based scoring system.  This speeds up the whole process plus reduces errors when we try to read your handwriting. 

When you check-in, we give you your scoring code.  With this code, you can enter your scores (actually you just enter the problem number and number of falls, the computer computes the correct score).  Enter your scores throughout the event.  The computer will automatically use your top scores for the final score.

The Event

Events are timed, typically three (3) hours.  It is your choice on the number and order of problems you climb.  You do not need to complete a problem before attempting another problem, but you can only score when you complete a problem.

First-Timer Strategies

Watch others.  Pace yourself - remember, it's a timed event, not a race.  Relax, rest.  Have fun! These are really non-competitive, community events.  Don't be intimidated by the fact that we call these "competitions". Enter your scores frequently -- save waiting in line at the end of the comp.


First and foremost, the Citizens' Events at The Front are to be fun and to establish a sense of camaraderie within the local climbing community.  These are a great way to meet and climb with those who share your love of the sport.  We encourage you to be supportive of your fellow climber.

  • Wait your turn and be courteous.
  • Stay off the pads if you're not climbing.
  • Be safe - don't walk, run, or climb under others.
  • Don't get frustrated. 
  • Stay positive and have fun!

Awards Ceremony

After the event closes and we compile the scores we give out the good stuff.  You gotta stay to win. A majority of the big value items get raffled off (all competitors receive a raffle ticket), and those who place in their division receive recognition and some special prizes.


The Schwag

Our sponsors are great.  We typically have $1000s of schwag to give away.  Much of it is raffled, so everyone has a fair chance to win.  But you gotta stay to win!

Online Scoring

Our scoring system eliminates that awkward end-of-the-comp waiting for-the-results-period.  Once everyone enters their scores, bingo, we're ready for the awards.

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