Minneapolis – Boulderfest 2023
Boulderfest is COMING TO MINNEAPOLIS NOVEMBER 3-4, 2023
Boulderfest is an electric community event that centers human connection and friendly competition featuring an all-levels youth and adult comp, open finals, music, food trucks, raffles and more.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD
6:00 – 9:00pm: Open Division Qualifier Round
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH
7:00 – 10:00am: USA Climbing Youth Qualifier Round (register through USAC, link coming soon)
11:00am – 2:00pm: Community Round 1; Recreational, Intermediate, and Advanced Divisions
2:30 – 5:30pm: Community Round 2; Recreational, Intermediate, and Advanced Divisions
5:00pm: Beer Garden and Vendor Village
6:00pm: Raffle for Community Competition
7:00pm: Open Finals & Winner’s Podium
9:00pm: Stein Challenge & After Party!
Pre-Registration is now closed.
Register Day-of at the gym. Round 2 Intermediate Division is full; we will not add any more competitors to that division/time block.
Day-of Registration (November 4th): $75
Day-of registration cannot guarantee a shirt.
Spectators will check in to receive a wristband.
Keep scrolling for more info on Registration Details, Volunteering, and a recap of Boulderfest 2022.
LIQUID DEATH – TENAYA – ESCAPE CLIMBING – KODIAK CAKES – PRYES BREWING – OWYN
SWEETS KENDAMA – MN NICE CREAM – GEAR JUNKIE – HOLD ON SALVE – FORGOTTEN STAR BREWING
What are the different categories?
Recreational, Intermediate, and Advanced categories will be gender inclusive and all ages. Everyone, altogether, climbing hard and encouraging one another on every move.
Recreational – Yellow/Red/Green
Intermediate – Purple/Orange/Black
Advanced – Black/Blue/Pink
We will have two rounds of competition for Recreational, Intermediate, and Advanced divisions. Competitors should sign up for the time slot that best fits their schedule! Each boulder will have a designated judge – climbers will give the judge their scorecard to get in line. Judges will record the outcome of their attempt. Participants may complete in only ONE of the following Sessions:
Round 1: 11:00AM – 2:00PM
Round 2: 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
How do you choose your category?
Competitors will self-select into their respective categories during the registration process. The idea is to challenge yourself!
When trying your absolute hardest, if you are able to top 10 boulders in the highest color available in that category in one climbing session, you should compete at the next level up.
See the example below:
Example: “I generally climb purples/oranges/blacks. I can flash most oranges.”
When trying your hardest, are you able to complete 10 black boulders in one climbing session?
We recommend the Advanced Category.
When trying your hardest, is the Black category overall still challenging, meaning you can’t send 10 black boulders in one climbing session?
We recommend the Intermediate Category.
What is the Open Category?
Open round competitors should be climbing predominantly whites. If a climber is consistently able to climb white boulders, they more than likely should register for the Open category. Open participants may only qualify in the following round:
Open Qualifier: Fri, Nov 3rd, 6:00PM – 9:00PM
This round will have designated judges scoring at each boulder. The top 6 men and top 6 women from the open qualifier round will advance to finals, held Saturday, November 4th at 7:00pm. Finalists must enter the isolation area by 5:30pm Saturday.
Be a part of the action! Volunteers will receive snacks and beverages, a special Boulderfest shirt, and two free day passes! Volunteers may compete in a session opposite of their working shift (see registration page for limitations). Volunteers must still pay to compete at Boulderfest.
VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
Thank you for joining us for Boulderfest 2022 in Minneapolis. We are so grateful for our incredible community! Click here to learn more about what makes Boulderfest an event no one wants to miss.