General Info

5 massive fun bouldering festivals:
Saturday 25th October 2014 - Westway Sports centre, London
Saturday 15th November 2014 - Boulder Brighton, Brighton
Saturday 13th December 2014 - Castle Climbing Centre, London
Saturday 17th January 2015 - The Climbing Academy, Bristol
Sunday 1st March 2015- Mile End Climbing Wall, London



General Info updates for 2014- 2015 to follow.
 

What to expect at each event:
-       -   25 boulder problems for each category with plenty for everyone, very very easy to hard
-       -   Showcase finals
-       -  Unique additional climbing challenges throughout the day - all participants will be entered for a random prize draw
-    - Après events at each round (check blog for details)
-       -  DJ’s
-       -  Over £500 pounds worth of prizes to be given out at every festival including cash prizes and plenty of spot and draw prizes

THE DETAILS
Registration

Pre- register online or sign up on the day from 10am onwards at the Blokfest desk. http://www.blokfest.com/p/entries.html

Categories

Prizes will be awarded on the day for top three climbers in following categories: 
Under 16 years (U16) Girls - born 1998 or later
Under 16 years (U16) Boys - born 1998 or later
Senior Female - born 1997 or earlier
Senior Male - born 1997 or earlier
Female Vets - born 1968 or earlier
Male Vets - born 1968 or earlier

We also have additional scoring only categories (No prizes are currently awarded for the winners of these categories because we can only enter all the scores and divide them into categories after the event)
Youth A - those born in 1995 & 1996
Youth B – those born in 1998 & 1999
Youth C – those born in 2000 & 2001
Youth D – those born in 2002 & 2003
Youth E - those born in 2004 & 2005

Blokfest has a  suggested lowest age limit for junior categories of 9 years old. This is just a guide due to the nature of problems that are set for the age range 9-16 and therefore the sizes/height issues associated. The Blokfest team will try their best to set blocs that work for as many people as possible.

Entry fee

To make these immense events possible there is no other way but to charge an entry fee. However if you pay for Blokfest entry you do receive a Blokfest custom t-shirt or vest. You will not need to pay a climbing wall entry fee to take part in Blokfest, the fee covers your cost to climb within the parameters of the Blokfest event at the host centre on that day.

 
The entry fee goes towards the expense of the host venues and the huge amount of Blockfest organisation and supplies. Your entry fee also gets you a unique Blokfest t-shirt, vest or tank-top which is given to each 2013-14 season participant.

Entry fee per event (Payments need to be made in Cash please):
Over 18 - £15
Under 18  - £10
                        Team GB member - free
                        Spectating - free

 A season ticket for 5 festivals (can be purchased at the first event):
Senior - £60
Junior - £40

Timings of the day
From 10:00 - Pick up attempt sheets and get psyched up with coffee
25 bloc tour start times:
10:30 – 14:30  Junior
13:00 - 17:00  Senior
10:30 - 17:00  Fun challenges
18:00 – 19:00 Senior showcase finals
19:00 onwards - Après events
Format
As you challenge yourself to each of the Blokfest problems keep track of the number of goes it took you to do the problem and put the following on your sheet: 
-        10 points for 1st attempt
-        7 points  for 2nd attempt
-        3 points for 3rd attempt
-        1 point for any boulder problem that is completed after many painfully attempts

5 top scoring climbers in the senior Male and Senior Female categories will perform in a fun showcase finals consisting of 3 boulder problems each (one to stick around for to watch a display of enormous climbing talent) 

Prizes
-        - Spot prizes for everyone!
-        - U16 Boys and  Girls 1st, 2nd & 3rd place - immense product prizes supplied by the round sponsor
-        - Senior Male and Female 1st, 2nd & 3rd place -  £100, £50 and £25 respectively; 4th, 5th and 6th places great product prizes supplied by the round sponsor.
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THE EVEN MORE DETAILED DETAILS

-    All Blokfest climbers - juniors and seniors - must fill out a temporary event
     registration form and read each host venue' conditions of use. This should be done online but can be done on the day.
-    All under 16's need to be ACTIVELY supervised by an adult at each host
     climbing centre.
-    All 16 and 17 year olds need to be granted parent/ guardian/ adult consent (a part of the registration procedure) to participate in the event. 16 and 17 year olds do not require active supervision during the events.
-        Under 9s participation needs to be agreed in advance of the event with the Blokfest staff via BlokfestUK@gmail.com
-        Each individual festival score goes towards an overall series league table of which the overall winner will win a handmade Blokfest trophy and fame and glory amongst their peers and the Blokfest ambassadors.
-        Cheating – anyone who is suspected of or found cheating will be publically humiliated in front of the entire crowd and embarrassed everyday for the rest of their lives! 
-        Finals are judged by Blokfest staff and will be based on number of tops in a number of attempts, with a 3+ minute format


THE VERY DETAILED DETAILS (FOR DEDICATED CLIMBING GEEKS)

General
-        Bouldering shall take place on short climbing routes, called boulders, climbed without
-        ropes, constructed on purpose-designed, artificial climbing walls.
-        Blokfest shall normally consist of:
                               a) An open event with a course of 25 boulders for each Starting Group and Category;
                               b) A Final event with a course of 3 boulders for each Category.
-        Each boulder shall have a clearly marked start which shall consist of:
                               a) Marked handhold(s) for both hands; and
                               b) Optionally, marked footholds for one or both feet.
-        The use of taped out-of-bounds areas of the wall will be clearly marked
-        Each boulder shall have a clearly marked finish which shall be either:
         a) A designated finishing hold; or
        b) A defined standing position on top of the boulder.
-        The number of attempts required by that participant to successfully complete the boulder for the purposes of scoring, an attempt will be counted each time a participant:
                Starts the boulder as with above. Participants shall normally start each boulder:
                a) With both hands on the marked hand-holds; and
                b) Where the start includes marked footholds, with a foot on one of these footholds.
         -      If the start for a boulder includes marked footholds for both feet, participant must place their second foot on the second marked foothold before making any other climbing movement.
-        If a participant cannot reach the starting holds from the ground, they shall be permitted to start the boulder by jumping for the starting holds.
-        An attempt shall be deemed to have started when
                               a) Every part of the participant’s body has left the ground.
               b) Touches, with hands or feet, or chalks holds other than the starting holds;
        c) Adds any “tick marks”.
-        A completed boulder will be awarded if the participant controls with both hands the marked finish hold

Safety Checks
-         The host climbing centre in communication with the Chief Route-Setter shall inspect each boulder and the safety matting/ provisions for that boulder prior to the start of each event in order to ensure the maintenance of safety standards
-        Each boulder shall be designed:
                               a) In such a way that the lowest part of the body of the competitor shall never be higher than    three 3 metres above the landing mat;
                               b) So as to avoid the danger of a participant’s fall injuring the participant, or injuring or obstructing a third party or competitor;
                               c) Without any downward jumps.


Completion of an attempt

-        An attempt on a boulder shall be considered successful when;
                               a) Controlled the marked finishing hold of the Boulder with both hands within any fixed time period defined for the climber’s attempts.
                       -       An attempt on a boulder shall be considered unsuccessful if the climber fails to control with both hands on the marked finishing hold or, if relevant, achieve a standing position on top of the boulder; or the climber:
               a) Fails to start the boulder in accordance with the rules stated above
               b) Uses any part of the wall, holds or features demarcated using continuous and clearly identifiable black tape (or if another colour is required to be used, as specified by the Chief route setter in a technical briefing to climbers);
               c) Uses with their hands in any holes provided in the climbing wall for the placement of bolt-on holds;
               d) Uses the side edges or the top edges of the wall for climbing;
               e) Touches the ground with any part of the body; or
               f) If a fixed climbing period has been defined, fails to complete their attempt before the end of that period;


Finals

Scoring

-    Participants may not make additional scoring attempts after handing in their scorecard
-    In the event that the final quota is exceeded because of tied competitors, the number of tops achieved by these tied participants will be used to break the tie. i.e. If 2 competitors are tied in 5th place on a score of 217 where one competitor has 24 tops and the other 22, the competitor with the greater number of tops will advance to the final.
-    On each boulder, a bonus point will be awarded if the competitor controls the Bonus Hold
-    The bonus point will be awarded also where a competitor successfully completes the boulder without having controlled the Bonus Hold.
    For each competitor attempting a boulder, the Boulder Judge will record:
               a) The number of attempts required by that competitor to gain a bonus point
               b) The number of attempts required by that competitor to successfully complete the boulder in
-        An electronic timing system shall be used in each round to display the climbing time remaining for each competitor’s attempts.
-        The quota of competitors qualifying Male Senior and Female Senior for the Final round shall be 5 competitors.
 -        The starting order for the Final rounds shall be the reverse of the ranking order from the previous round, i.e. the highest ranked competitor shall start last. In the case of tied competitors from a previous round, the starting order between them shall be determined by;
                a)The climbers current overall season ranking
                b)Rock, paper and scissors if they are tied

Isolation

-        Once the closing time for the Isolation Zone has passed, Competitors must remain within the Isolation Zone unless otherwise instructed.
 -        The Isolation Zone closing time for any round of the competition shall not be earlier than one (1) hour before the competitor first on the starting list is scheduled to commence climbing or in the case of the final round, the time scheduled for the presentation of the finalists.
       -        Competitors shall have no knowledge of the boulders other than that obtained during the official observation period or that communicated to them by the Head route setter or the judges. It is the sole responsibility of each competitor to fully inform themselves with respect to all instructions regarding the boulders. For the avoidance of doubt
a) Whilst in the Competition Area, competitors are not permitted to seek any information from persons outside the Competition Area, unless specifically authorised to do so by the Blokfest team 
     -        Competitors who have completed their attempt(s) on a boulder and who for any reason remain in the Competition Area must not pass any information concerning that boulder to any competitor who has not yet attempted that route/boulder.

Observation Period

        -        While in the observation area, all competitors remain under the Isolation Rules. Competitors shall remain within the designated observation zone during the observation. They are not permitted to climb on the climbing wall or stand on any equipment or furniture. They may seek clarification only from the Blocfest team, or the Boulder Judge assigned  to the boulder.
  -     During the observation period, competitors are allowed to touch only the marked starting holds, without leaving the ground with both their feet. No recording equipment shall be permitted
 -       Competitors will be allowed a 1 minute observation of each of the finals boulders in the order that they will be climbed

Running order

        -        The Boulder Judge or organising staff shall clean all holds on a boulder before each competitor begins their first attempt. A competitor may also request that holds be cleaned before any attempt on the boulder. Competitors may  clean holds that they can reach from the ground. Only brushes or other materials that are provided by the organisation shall be used for this purpose.
        -        The Final round shall take place on one course of boulders for each Category. Both Categories shall normally compete simultaneously, with the first competitors from each Category starting their attempts on each boulder at the  same time.
        -        The Final round shall be preceded by a presentation of the competitors eligible to participate in the round.
        -        Once a competitor has finished their attempts, they shall return to a separate isolation area and the next competitor  shall start their climbing period immediately;
                c) Once all competitors have completed their attempts, the competitors shall move on to the next boulder as a group;
        -        The climbing period during the Final round shall be 3 minutes for each competitor. However, if a competitor begins 
 an attempt prior to the end of the climbing period, they shall be allowed to finish that attempt.
        -        Both Categories shall commence each boulder at the same time, i.e. if all competitors in one Category have completed their attempts on a boulder, that Category shall wait for the other before starting the next boulder.

Tie-Break boulder

-        In the circumstances of tie competitors shall make one attempt on a “Tie-Break” boulder in the starting order of the Final round.
                -      If following these attempts two or more competitors remain tied, the relevant competitors shall make further attempts up to a maximum of six attempts following the same procedure until they are separated. If a tie still exists after six  attempts, then the relevant competitors will be given an equal ranking.