TBC Series Nights

We created the ‘That Boulder Comp’ series (formerly known as the NuKids Comp Series) to cater for the majority of people who use our centre – those climbing up to Font 6b. It’s a fun competition for all ages, perfect for people who are relatively new to climbing or those who don’t take it too seriously – but still like a challenge!

It runs every other month (Usually from 6:30pm) and is a great way to measure your progress – just compare your score from the previous event – and also pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses, helping you to focus your training in a positive way. The Highball Crew will set 30 problems around the centre, graded from font 3 to 6b, and you have up to 3 hours to complete as many as you can. Score Cards are just £2 and each comp has an opportunity for cash prizes, plus the occasional giveaway from sponsors too.

Of course, you could just enter for the fun, it’s a really great social event!

Year of Event Veteran Senior Youth A Youth B Youth C Youth D
2020 In or Before 1974 1975-2002 2003-2004 2005-2006 2005-2006 2009-2010
2019 In or Before 1973 1974-2001 2002-2003 2004-2005 2006-2007 2008-2009

AM I A #TBC competitor?

Age is irrelevant – as long as you’re climbing between Font 3 and 6b (V0 to V3ish and our circuits 0-3) then this competition is for you. However, if you can fairly consistently flash most 6a’s and some 6b’s (V3+4’s) then this may not be for you and you may get TopGunned – see below…

What’s stopping someone from entering, flashing everything and winning?

After setting the 30 blocs, the setters will grade them all and come up with a secret score which becomes the ‘TopGun line’. For example, our first #NuKid comp had a TopGun line of 174 points. Anyone who scored higher was classed as a ‘Top Gun’ and therefore deemed too good for the comp; it’s a positive disqualification and we know lots of you enter just to achieve TopGun status!? Strange, but true.

I don’t know if I’m too good or not?

If you think you lie in a bit of a grey area at the top end, just enter and see how you get on. That Boulder Comp Series is a great way of meeting people who are climbing at around the same level as you, and of course have a good craic at the same time. There will be prizes for the winners but if you turn out to be better than you thought, then hey, you walk away labelled a Top Gun and a smile on your face

What do I need to do?

  • Read the rules
  • Turn up on the night and buy your score card (£2), which has a raffle ticket.
  • Work your way round all the problems and fill in your scoresheet as you go
  • At 21:30, see if you win a raffle prize or a chance to ‘play your cards right’.
  • Hand in your scoresheet at the end and see where you came.
  • Enter the next comp and see if you can better your score!

THAT BOULDER COMP SERIES : Frequently Asked Questions

No. Our Intro Courses are perfect for both newcomers and those with previous climbing experience who want a more comprehensive refresher. If you have never climbed before, however, it may be beneficial to book a Taster Session first.

Depending on what type of session you are taking part in will determine how many climbs you get. With our Taster Sessions we will give you as many opportunities as possible to climb, our more instructional sessions will focus on safety and techniques alongside climbing. It all depends on how confident you feel too, our instructors won't force you to the top but gently encourage to where you are comfortable.

We have a mixture of climbs and challenges suitable for all ages. If you want to get to the top, we’re sure you will be able to. Our instructors will not push you or your children further than they want to go; ‘the top’ will come with confidence.

We have a maximum working ratio of 1 to 8, however, most courses operate on a maximum 1 to 6. We feel this offers increased value for money and time on the wall. Ultimately, instructors have the final say and will make changes if they feel necessary.