It’s an Open Comp, which means there is no minimum requirement, just REGISTER, turn up on the day and #GetClimbing. It will be fun, challenging, and exciting, and you’ll hopefully rub (broad) shoulders with some of the best climbers in the UK.
The event follows a world cup format with 2 qualifying sessions on the Saturday and the semi-final and final on the Sunday. All the Blocs will be set by an infamous bunch: Jamie Cassidy, Yann Genoux, Andy Long, Jason Pickles and Rob Napier. It’s a strong team this year with a huge amount of experience at both national and international level, so expect to be tested; mentally and physically!
The Showcase Final will take place on Sunday evening in front of a huge live crowd and will also be the first UK climbing competition to be shown live on UK TV around the UK!!!!
To help us cater for as many climbers as possible, the qualifiers will be split into 2 sessions: Qualifier A and B. Qualifier A will take place on Saturday morning, Qualifier B on Saturday afternoon. You can select your preferred session when you register online.
The qualifying round is the informal part of the competition where climbers self-mark their own score card as they attempt 30 problems. The problems will be a range of difficulty, starting at Font 5+ and get harder (and harder).
We welcome entries from individuals, senior teams* and youth teams . If you are part of a team, your individual score will still be eligible for the Championship Competition.
The highest scoring 20 males and 20 females from the qualifiers will go through to the Semi Final on Sunday morning.
Read the Rules.
*All team members must be Highball regulars, i.e. Visit several times over the year and be mixed gender.
The Semi Finals will take place on the DMM Comp Wall. The 20 men and women who qualified will take on 4 boulders ‘on sight’ with 5 minutes per boulder (5Dead). Each problem will be judged independently. The highest scoring 6 males and 6 females will go through to the Grand Final.
Read the rules below.
The climax of the festival will be Sunday evening’s Grand Final, which will take place on the DMM Comp Wall. Each finalist will attempt 4 boulders each in the 4 minutes plus format.
It’s going to be a very exciting couple of hours and every competitor will feel the energy and support of an excited Highball crowd, who will cheer on the finalists as they crank, crimp, and crush their way up the blocs!
Note: The Big Flash Grand Final format will continue to be 4Plus. It’s a showcase final and the jewel in the Highball calendar, designed to excite and inspire the watching crowd. Adopting the IFSC’s 4Dead format would, in our opinion, be detrimental to the show. The show must go on.
Read the rules below.