Winter RouteMaster and Crucible dates are announced

Everyone knows what the Winter Crucible and RouteMaster Series are about these days; 30 blocs, 9 days, 6 rounds and a final or for the RouteMaster; 4 toprope lines, 2 lead lines each getting harder, over 6 rounds of 9 days and a final.  They’re not complicated! But, if you’re still lost or haven’t come across them before check out the guidance below, otherwise read on…

This year we want to make things a bit more interesting. Over the course of the winter rounds we’re going to publish a series of training articles. Each time we’ll tackle a specific technique, a movement or way of training. In doing so we’ll also set the various rounds to compliment the training advice. You got it, each round is going to have some nasty training theme. But we’re doing it for you, it’s going to make you strong!

Keep a good look out for our training articles, when we publish them, we’ll let you know on Facebook and Twitter.

You’ll be able to enter the competitions and afterwards use the routes and blocs to get the most out of the training articles we’ll be publishing. Hopefully come Summer 2014, the climbers of South Wales will be on sighting big grades up and down the country!

For more info on each round and what each training subject will be check out our events page.

Here’s what you need to know for your diaries:

Crucible Winter 2013/14

Round 1 – 12 – 20 October
Round 2 – 9 – 17 November
Round 3 – 7th – 15 December
Round 4 – 11th – 19th January
Round 5 – 8th – 16th February
Round 6 – 8th – 16th March
Final Saturday 5th April

Route Master Winter 2013/14

Round 1 – 26 October – 3rd November
Round 2 – 23 November – 1st December
Round 3 – 21 December – 5th January
Round 4 – 25th  January 2nd February
Round 5 – 22nd February – 2nd March
Round 6 – 22nd – 30th March
Final Saturday 26th April

Save the dates and keep your eyes open for the training articles, we’ll publish them on our Latest news and let you know they’re live through our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

 

Here’s the blurb if you’re not sure what the Crucible and RouteMaster are all about:

The Crucible Blurb and Guidance

The Crucible is Boulders bouldering competition that runs twice a year during the summer and winter. It is a fun, competitive bouldering series that shouldn’t be taken too seriously!

There are 6 rounds, each one runs for nine days, so there’s plenty of opportunity to attempt the 30 blocs. The competition is self-scored and the final takes place after the last round.

Competitors of all ages and abilities are welcome to compete; whether you’re a V14 climbing beast, or new to the sport, each round is designed with you in mind. The categories are: adult male, adult female, junior male and junior female.

The grand final will take place on the 5th April and to qualify you’ll have to take part in a minimum of four rounds. Vouchers from the Boulders online shop are up for grabs and the prizes aren’t limited to series winners, there’ll be fun random spot prizes and recognition of those who have improved throughout the rounds.

It doesn’t cost a penny to enter, just your normal entrance fee. You just need to pay your entry to the climbing centre, there’s no additional charge for taking part.

Crucible Winter 2013/14

Round 1 – 12 – 20 October
Round 2 – 9 – 17 November
Round 3 – 7th – 15 December
Round 4 – 11th – 19th January
Round 5 – 8th – 16th February
Round 6 – 8th – 16th March
Final Saturday 5th April

Information about The Crucible final: There will be two categories: Those who finish with the top scores of The Crucible qualify for the ‘elite’ category and everyone else is able to enter the ‘open’ category. You must take part in at least four rounds of the winter series to be able to qualify for the grand final.

There will also be 10 £5 Boulders online shop vouchers up for grabs on the day of the grand final, including a family prize (highest score as a family), most improved (most improved over the three rounds), a taking part award and a whole host of other random prizes on the day.]

Get training and we hope to see you there!

Winter Crucible Prize pool

Category/ Position  1st 2nd 3rd
Elite Male £100 £50 £25
Elite Female £100 £50 £25
Junior Male £50 £25 £10
Junior Female £50 £25 £10
Category/ Position (on the day entry acceptable) 1st
Open Male £25
Open Female £25
Youth Open U15 £25

Vouchers will expire 3 months from date of the final.

 

Route Master Blurb and Guidance

The Route Master is Boulders’ route competition series. It’s a bit of fun and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. It runs twice a year during the summer and winter.

The competition includes top roping for the lower grades, building up to more difficult routes that must be led. Competitors of all ages and abilities are welcome to compete; there should be routes for everyone from ‘have a go’, all the way up to ‘nails’.

Each round will be open for nine days and will open the weekend after The Crucible bouldering competition round for the same month finishes. The competition will be self-scored and each month there will be six routes in total numbered 1 to 6. The route grades will gradually get more difficult as the route number ascends and will be approximately;

  • 1: 3 to 4
  • 2: 5 to 5+
  • 3: 6a – 6a+
  • 4: 6b to 6b+
  • 5: 6c – 7a
  • 6: 7b or higher

Routes 1 to 4 will be top rope and routes 5 and 6 will be lead climbs.

There will be six rounds over the winter with a grand final planned at the end.  To qualify you’ll have to take part in a minimum of two rounds. Vouchers from the Boulders online shop are up for grabs and the prizes aren’t limited to just the strongest climbers, as there will be fun random spot prizes, including recognition of those who have improved through the rounds.

It doesn’t cost a penny to enter, just your normal entrance fee. You just need to pay your entry to the climbing centre, there’s no additional charge for taking part.

Summer Route Master dates:

Route Master Winter 2013/14
Round 1 – 26 October – 3rd November
Round 2 – 23 November – 1st December
Round 3 – 21 December – 5th January
Round 4 – 25th  January 2nd February
Round 5 – 22nd February – 2nd March
Round 6 – 22nd – 30th March
Final Saturday 26th April

Information about The Route Master grand final: There will be two categories: Those who finish with the top scores of the Route Master qualify for the ‘elite’ category and everyone else is able to enter the ‘open’ category. You must take part in at least two rounds of the summer series to be able to qualify for the grand final.

Winter Route Master Prize pool

Category/ Position  1st 2nd 3rd
Elite Male £100 £50 £25
Elite Female £100 £50 £25
Junior Male £50 £25 £10
Junior Female £50 £25 £10
Category/ Position (on the day entry acceptable) 1st
Open Male £25
Open Female £25
Youth Open U15 £25

Vouchers will expire 3 months from date of the final.