Phoenix Rock Gym holds mini comp

Phoenix Rock Gym (PRG) will hold a mini bouldering comp this Tuesday, August 1 starting at 4 p.m. in the upstairs bouldering area. Competitors must have a PRG membership or purchase a day pass to participate.

The competition will be onsight format, meaning climbers have one attempt with no beta and will be scored on how far they get on the climb. The competition will consist of four sections, with four minutes on and four minutes minutes off.

The upstairs bouldering area will be closed to everyone on Monday and on Tuesday until the comp. It will reopen for non-competitors on Wednesday.

PRG hosts a mini comp nearly every month. For more information, visit

Flash Foxy announces dates for women’s climbing festival in Chattanooga, TN

Flash Foxy has announced it will be hosting its second women’s climbing festival of 2017 in Chattanooga, TN on November 10-13. Registration opens on August 1. Pricing and other details have not yet been announced.

Two-hundred tickets were available for March’s women’s climbing festival in Bishop, CA. They went on sale about three months prior to the festival and cost $70-$90, which covered general admission, breakfast and dinner, and some other goodies. Clinics cost an additional $50, while workshops cost an additional $20. Lodging was not provided, though some local lodging offered special deals to festival-goers.

Tickets are highly sought-after and sell out quickly. To prevent ticket scalping, Flash Foxy only allows the purchase of one ticket per person. If you plan on attending the Chattanooga festival, follow @heyflashfoxy on Instagram for developments and plan to purchase your ticket the minute they go on sale.

Climbers called on to ‘Trim Beardsley’

The City of Phoenix and REI, with support from The Access Fund, will be hosting a cleanup of the Beadrsley Boulder Pile on Saturday, May 20. Volunteers will clean up the area between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Coffee, breakfast, cold refreshments, and all of the necessary cleaning tools/supplies will be provided. The cleanup will be followed by a raffle and a climbing session between 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Parking will be located across the street from the area at the Reach 11 Sports Complex, and transport to and from the parking area will be provided (carpooling is highly advised). Volunteers are strongly urged to be at the parking area no later than 6:45 a.m.

Beardsley Boulder Pile has historically been plagued by broken glass and graffiti, so organizers will be working with the City of Phoenix on ways to protect and maintain the area, such as officially designating the area a park or preserve and conducting annual cleanups.

Event registration can be found online through REI at Directions to the Reach 11 Sports Complex can be found at×400&sensor=false.

Ape Index hosts Earth Day Eve Globe Crush Competition

Ape Index Rock Climbing Gym will be hosting a redpoint bouldering competition on Friday, April 21, featuring new highball routes set on the globe. The competition will include multiple rounds starting at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. Participants will register on arrival, and entry costs $10 for members and $15 for non-members (cash only, ATM on site). Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners.

The first 10 competitors to sign up will receive a gift from REI. There will also be raffles for private lessons and climbing gear, t-shirt giveaways, and plank contests with prizes.

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Focus Climbing Center holds dyno comp

Focus Climbing Center will be holding a dyno comp Wednesday, April 19 between 4:30 and 9:30 p.m. Participants will register on arrival. Entry is free for members. Non-members require a day pass, which is $17 for adults. There will be four ability categories with dynos ranging from 5.8 to V10 in difficulty:

  • New Climber: 5.8 – V1
  • Intermediate: V2 – V4
  • Advanced: V4 – V6
  • Open: V6 – V10

Scores will be based on competitor’s five highest-scoring dynos.

The competition area is split into three sections, defined by a black line. Competitors will have six minutes in each section, followed by a six minute rest. Scores will be based on competitor’s five highest-scoring dynos, with total points as a tiebreaker. Competitors can complete as many dynos in each section as you wish. There is no penalty for falling.

Prizes will be provided by Mad Rock and Boulders on Broadway. Two participants will be randomly selected to win a certificate for a free pair of Mad Rock climbing shoes.

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AMC holds stewardship project at Hog Heaven in McDowells

The Arizona Mountaineering Club (AMC) will be cleaning up the climber access route up to, in and around Hog Heaven in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Volunteers will meet at the Tom’s Thumb trail head on Saturday, April 15 at 7:00 a.m.

Participants should expect a 45 minute hike to the Hog Heaven area and three hours of physical labor. Bring loppers for cutting brush, work gloves, water, and snack. Wear weather- and work-appropriate clothing.

To get to the trailhead, drive to Scottsdale and the 101/Pima intersection. Head north on Pima to Happy Valley Road. Drive east on Happy Valley through Troon. As Happy Valley turns north and becomes 118th Street, look for Ranch Gate Road and continue east/right. Turn south/right on 128th Street to the trail head.

For more information, contact Erik Filsinger via Facebook.

Fifth annual Beta Boulder Blast approaches

Beta Bouldering Gym will host their house bouldering competition Beta Boulder Blast 5 on Saturday, April 22. There will be giveaways, food, drinks, a raffle, and a $2,500 in cash prizes for podium winners in the open category. This competition will be the first to include Beta’s recent roof expansion.

Registration currently costs $40 for Beta members and $50 for non-members. The registration fee increases $10 on Sunday, April 9. Registration covers competition entry and a competition tee shirt. A food ticket for three veggie or pork tacos can be purchased for an additional $5. All proceeds go to Beta’s youth climbing team.

The competition schedule is as follows:

10 a.m. – Check-in/Registration Opens
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Youth Comp (12 and Under)
1:30 p.m. – Youth Comp Awards
2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Adult Competition
5 p.m. – Food and Beverages
6 p.m. – Finals Competition
The Award Ceremony will follow Finals

For more information or to register, visit