We are excited to announce that Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing will host the 2021 Rockathlon at our Mitchell gym on Saturday, June 26th. The Rockathlon will be open to anyone who wishes to enter. Winners will be determined from their combined performance in top-rope climbing, speed climbing, and bouldering, with $15,000 of cash and material prizes up for grabs! In addition to the main events, we will also have lots of other fun challenges set up for people to compete for smaller prizes. Check out our Facebook event here.
The gym will be closed to the general public on the day of the competition, as well as at least one day before for a major reset! (We’ll post more details on that as it gets closer). Hume will be open as normal.
We’re excited to announce our sponsors (more coming soon!):
Guided Outdoor Adventures (climbing, abseiling, and caving with Armando Corvini)
Would you like to see your business’s name on one of our challenges? Would you like to donate supplies or prizes in exchange for promotion at our gyms, on our website, and social media? Do you have a sponsorship idea you’d like to pitch? We’re all ears, contact us here.
COVID-19 and the Rockathlon
When considering whether to attend the Rockathlon, especially if you will be traveling from outside the ACT, please remember that you must follow all current government advice/regulations about travel. You can learn more about current requirements for traveling into and out of the ACT here: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/community/travel
You can read more about our gyms’ specific COVID-19 rules and expectations here: https://www.canberrarockclimbing.com.au/covid-19-update-page/
If you have not yet downloaded the CBR Check-in App on your phone, please do so. It is a requirement to check in on the app anytime you enter our gyms.
Each category will have three hours to compete, with one hour devoted to each discipline (top-rope, speed, boulder). Much like a triathlon, winners will be determined from their combined performance in all three disciplines.
We unfortunately do not have the appropriate facilities and equipment to set up an IFSC standard speed route. For the purposes of the Rockathlon, we will set two identical routes on adjacent walls. On the day of the competition, there will be a half an hour before the speed round begins for competitors to practice.
The speed winners will be determined via an elimination bracket – each climber will be paired with another climber in their category, with the faster climber advancing in the bracket and the slower climber knocked out.
Each category will have four boulder problems. Once the bouldering problems are set, Mitchell’s bouldering cave will be closed until the day of the competition so that all competitors will be attempting the problems on-sight.
Each competitor will have four minutes/problem. Bouldering winners will be determined based on who reached the highest point of the climb (zone or finish) in the least amount of attempts.
Tope-roping will be structured much like comp-style lead climbing. Each category will have a specific set of tope-rope climbs to complete, with up to 5 minutes to complete each one, and 5 minutes of rest in between climbs. Competitors can attempt the climb multiple times in their 5 minutes. For example, if someone falls off the climb halfway up, and they still have 3 minutes left on the clock, they can be lowered to the bottom and try the climb again.
Top-rope winners will be determined by who reached the highest point of the climb. If multiple competitors reach the same high point, the winner will be determined by the fastest time.
We will have extra challenges set up that registrants can participate in throughout the day, including roof climbing, a pull-up challenge, table climbing, a dyno competition, and more. Any competitor who registers for the main events (top-rope, speed, boulder) will also be able to compete in these smaller events. We will also have a registration option for people to just participate in the small challenges, but not the main events. There will be small prizes available for the winners of the individual challenges. There will not be categories and subdivisions for the small challenges; they will simply be open to everyone to try.
In addition to prizes from our sponsors, Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing is providing major cash prizes for the podiums.
Open A Men & Women
1st Place: $2,500
2nd Place: $1,250
3rd Place: $750
Open B Men & Women
1st Place: $1,000
2nd Place: $750
3rd Place: $500
Guided Outdoor Adventures Masters category (Men & Women)
1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $250
3rd Place: $150
Adam’s Bikes 10-15s category (Girls & Boys)
1st Place: A bike from Adam’s Bikes
2nd Place: TBD
3rd Place: TBD
Cash and sponsor prizes will go to the overall podium winners. However, CIRC will also acknowledge the ACT rankings. ACT-ranked podiums in each category will receive a voucher for our gyms for their choice of a 10-visit pass, a 3-month membership, or – if they are a current squad member – squad membership for a future term.
Prizes for Inclusive and the remainder for 10-15s categories are TBD pending registration numbers and finalisation of sponsorships.
Registration and Pricing
You must pre-register for the comp to help us with COVID safety management; there will be no same-day registrations. Early bird registration will open for the Rockathlon on May 1st and end on May 8th. The registration deadline will be Monday, June 21st. We still have COVID-19 capacity restrictions to adhere to, so if registration numbers reach our capacity, we may have to close registration earlier.
Please note: all competitors entering into the Open A or Open B categories MUST pay standard pricing, even if they are a student or a squad member.
- Early bird discount: $10 off
- Standard entry into all events: $75
- Student discount entry into all events: $50 (must be 17 or younger, or have valid student card, Open A and Open B competitors not eligible)
- CIRC youth squad entry into all events: $30 (must be a current member of of Rock Squad, Link Squad, Geckos, or Rock Rats, Open A and Open B competitors not eligible)
- Entry into small challenges only: $25
All competition entry fees are non-refundable.
Competition Categories & Divisions
Prizes will be awarded to overall category winners. However, we will also separate the results by state and acknowledge ACT rankings on the day of the competition.
- Open A (Men & Women)
- Open B (Men & Women)
- Masters (born 1982 or earlier)
- Ages 10-15
Category definitions and recommendations:
The Open A category is for competitors climbing at a high level. Open B is a friendlier category, recommended for men climbing up to Australian grade 24, and women climbing up to grade 22. Competitors are welcome to shoot “above their level” when deciding which category to enter into, but not the other way around. For example, someone climbing at a grade 19 is welcome to enter into Open A, however someone climbing at a grade 28 should not enter into Open B.
Inclusive is a category open to any climber of any gender, and/or any climber who does not wish to compete in gendered categories. Climbers in our inclusive category will not be identified with gendered language unless they indicate otherwise.
We will need at least 15 registrants in the Masters category to run the category, otherwise it will be folded into Open B.
Children younger than 10 may enrol in the 10-15s category, however we will not be creating a specific category for under 10s for the Rockathlon. Children under 10 must have a parent or guardian accompany them to assist with belaying. (For our keen bean Rock Rats: we will still be hosting our annual Squad Competition later in the year, so they will have another opportunity to compete this year among children of their own age group).
Tentative Comp Schedule
Below is our tentative schedule for the competition. This is subject to change depending on how many registrations we get in each category, so please check back for updates.
Each category has three hours to compete. Within each category time slot, the first hour will be dedicated to speed, the second hour to bouldering, and the third hour to top-roping.
- 6:45am – Check-in for 10-15s
- 7am-10am – 10-15s compete
- 10am – Check-in for Masters and Inclusive categories
- 10am-10:15am – Gym cleaning
- 10:15am-ish – 10-15s podiums
- 10:15am-1:15pm – Masters and Inclusive categories compete
- 1:15pm – Check-in for Open Bs
- 1:15-1:30pm – Gym cleaning
- 1:30pm-ish – Masters and Inclusive podiums
- 1:30pm-4:30pm – Open Bs compete
- 4:30pm – Check-in for Open As
- 4:30-4:45pm – Gym cleaning
- 4:45pm-ish – Open B podiums
- 4:45-7:45pm – Open As compete
- 8pm-ish – Open A podiums
If you would like to volunteer to help with running the competition, we would greatly appreciate your help. Please email Faith Meckley at the Mitchell gym at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest.
Our Mitchell gym currently has a maximum capacity of 100 people. Space will be prioritized for registered competitors, and spectators will be allowed into the gym based on what space we have left over. We will have tables and seating in the parking area just outside of Mitchell’s main entrance available for any overflow.