Tuesday, February 12, 2013

It's back...

After a needed hiatus, one of the best music and bouldering medleys is back.  This year’s SLOPERFEST 2013 will use a new format tested at Triple Crown and given the clear by the handful of competitors psyched for something new. If you are looking to puff the chest up and run your 12 problem circuit this is not the competition for you. 
Saturday, March 2  March 3, 2013
Registration starts at 10AM.  Comp from 11:00-4:00PM
Comp Price:  FREE!  

There is a $15 day fee for the festival. There will be no additional charge for the competition. 
2 person team.  That’s right two people compete together.  The individual format is out on this one.  You must have a partner to compete. 
Each team will complete as many problems as their skin and muscles will allow in a 5 hour time limit.  Colored circuits will be marked for each category (tough, fluff, chuff) with points given for each completed problem.  The winning team will either (a) finish entire circuit in least amount of time (b) if circuit is not completed winner determined by highest points (c) if tie then winner determined by time.

Credit for problems:
In order to receive credit for a problem only one member of the team has to complete it, BUT your partner must be spotting and present for the ascent.  You are not allowed to split up and travel throughout the park completing problems individually.  Competitors climbing without team member will be disqualified.  
Determining categories:
Categories determined by the sum of you and your partners HP40 bouldering level.  If you boulder V11 in the gym, and can barely muster the V3 squeeze at HP then the V3 level is what your ego must swallow for this event.   Example--Let’s say you are a V9 crusher and your boyfriend sends V3.  In this case your combined V-grade for this comp would be V12 putting your team in the Puff category. Team makeup will not be biased by age or gender.  11 year old girls are climbing the hardest routes in the country, and old men blow off pseudo-crushers everyday so there will be no excuses...
The problems:
Fluff  (V0-V3)          Chuff  (V4-9)           Puff (V10-V15)         Tough (V16-V22)

-The Fluff circuit will consist of Horse Pens classics up to V2.
-The Chuff circuit will focus on the easier lines in the park topping out with nothing over V4.
-The Puff circuit will hit from easier to moderate with the limit being V7.
-The Tough will hit mainly moderates, but will have enough difficulty to fill the air in your chest topping out with V10.

The circuit:
Each circuit will be marked with colored tape.  You will not have a map.  Problems will be numbered from 1 (at the Ten Pins area in the front of the park) to 50 at the Lookout Point (in the back of the park) in a linear order.  

Prizes will be given to top five in each category meaning 40 people will walk out with loot for nothing from HP40, First Avenue Rocks, Alabama Outdoors, Five Ten, Voodoo, La Sportiva, and Blue Water.

Food available from vendors and HP40 at going price.  Beverages will be available for small donation to the purchase of Hospital Boulders.


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