Route Master – Grand Final

This year the Crucible Grand Final will form part of our 5th birthday party celebration.


If you’ve been taking part in the series over the Summer check out the final results, as normal those highlighted in yellow have qualified for the Grand Final. If you’re not highlighted in yellow or you haven’t been able to get here over the Summer, don’t worry you can still enter the open category. It doesn’t matter that you haven’t entered the previous rounds of the Route Master climbing comp, as there will be an open category for those who just want to get involved to try and win some prizes on the day!


The Route Master Blurb

The Route Master is Boulders’ climbing competition totally focused on routes, which 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’! The aim of the Route Master is to test Cardiff’s climbing community, but to be fun and provide a great reason for us all to meet up and climb together.

Each round will be open for nine days and will open the weekend after The Crucible bouldering competition round finishes. The competition will be self-scored and each month there will be six routes in total numbered 1 to 6. The route grade 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 four rounds over the summer 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.

What’s more, it’s FREE! You just need to pay your entry to the climbing centre and there’s no additional charge for taking part.

Summer Route Master dates:

  • Grand final (and Boulders birthday party): 21st September
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.
Route Master summer series grand final prize vouchers for the Boulders online shop:
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 £50
Open Female £50
Youth Open U15 £50

Get training and we hope to see you there!