Big Lick Showdown – Members Only Competition & Social

Friday, December 9th, 2022 6-9pm

Registration is done via the online form or in-person at the River Rock.  We cannot guarantee that there will be registration space available day of. Competition will be followed by food & drinks.

Competition Information

Only current members of the River Rock who are at least 14 years or older are eligible to compete.  Points are earned by completing a problem or route from start to finish (you must control the final hold). Each attempt made is recorded (every time your feet leave the ground) – each fall is tallied on the score card. If a hold spins or breaks, step off immediately and contact a judge or the attempt will count. If you use a hold or feature that is “off-route,” no points can be earned and the attempt will not count. The final score is the sum of your five highest point problems or routes.

Divisions (Men & Women)

There will be 3 awards per division, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. Winners are determined by highest scores and lowest number of attempts.


A redpoint format competition allows multiple attempts on a problem/route and the opportunity to watch other competitors climb prior to an attempt. Points are scored only for completion of the problem/route. Competitors must gain control of the final hold in order to receive credit for completing the problem. Each problem will be worth a specific number of points based on that problem’s anticipated difficulty.

All competitors climb at the same time and are allowed to observe other climbers prior to their attempts. Competitors may also discuss the problems amongst each other. Competitors must start the problem from the start holds (in other words, competitors may not work on a problem from the middle). Competitors witness each other climb and when a competitor completes a problem, he/she has one witness initial his/her scorecard. Competitors choose which and how many of the problems they will attempt, and they get as many attempts as time permits.

Scores are recorded on the assigned scorecard, which the competitor is responsible for and is turned in at the end of the event. Scorecards must be turned in by the end of the allotted competition time if competitors wish to be considered for scoring.

Each competitor’s best 5 completed/scored problems will be added together for a final score. Ties will be broken by comparing the falls tallied on the score cards.

Sporting Behavior

We expect that all competitors will treat other climbers, judges, and gym employees with respect, and conduct themselves as principled athletes. Failure to do so may result in disqualification from an event. Competitors must make no attempt to manipulate the regulations and rules to their advantage or to the advantage of any competitor.

It is the responsibility of all competitors to understand and abide by the regulations, rules and spirit of good sportsmanship. Competitors must accept, subject to the official appeals procedure, the decision of the official judges without question or protestation and exercise self-restraint at all times.

We encourage you to share your love of climbing by encouraging and supporting your fellow competitors. Try hard, have fun, and remember that, in climbing, the real competition is with yourself.