The Stronghold Climbing Gym

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BEAT THE HEAT COMPETITION

Let’s usher in our very first summer season at our air-conditioned bouldering gym! The Stronghold is hosting a one-day community competition called Beat the Heat. The point is to have fun and try hard!

Not interested in competing? Admission to spectate during finals is free for members and $10 for non-members. Enjoy a free alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage, cheer on your friends, and get entered into our raffle just for showing up!

Registration

All participants will receive an exclusive comp tee!

• Early registration through 6/12: $25 for members, $35 for non-members
• Late registration from 6/13 – 6/16: $30 for members, $40 for non-members

New sets at Echo Park will go up for the comp on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (June 17th – 21st). These new sets will be off limits to all competitors. (You can look, but don’t touch!)

Schedule

• 11am – 4pm: Competitors climb to qualify for finals. Top five sends will earn points (one from each set, plus an additional problem of your choice).

• 5pm – 7pm: Finals (each category will have its own finals boulder).

• 7:30pm: Awards and raffle!

Categories

Choose one of the following categories, based on your redpoint level:

• Level One (V0-V2)
• Level Two (V3-V4)
• Level Three (V5-V6)
• Level Four (V7-V8)
• Level Five (V9+)

Select the level in which you typically send problems after significant effort/many attempts. For example, if you sometimes flash V3, typically project V4, and very rarely send V5, select Level Two.

All levels are mixed genders and ages. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each category!

On Genderless Categories

The decision to remove M/F categories was a difficult one that we came to after extensive deliberation. In the traditionally male-dominated sport of bouldering, there are social barriers to participating as a woman or nonbinary person, and a Women’s+ category can temporarily remove those barriers in order for us to see more equal representation within a competition.

However, we fear that upholding these divisions may be perpetuating, rather than mitigating, inequity in climbing. This concern, of course, touches on a much larger discussion on gender and the systems that both exacerbate and attempt to resolve inequity.

We are curious about how eliminating gendered categories may help dismantle the barriers that, while originally constructed in an attempt at fairness, ultimately sustain the status quo. We are not attempting to solve these issues at large, but we are hoping to take a small step in a direction that we feel will foster a better future for climbers of all genders.

Regardless of your gender or climbing level, come enjoy our air-conditioned bouldering gym down in Echo Park on Saturday, June 22nd. Climb your heart out, or grab a beer (on the house) and cheer on your friends!

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