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.

Details at http://apeindex.net/events/.

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.

Details at https://focusclimbingcenter.com/dyno-might-comp/.

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 http://www.betaboulderinggym.com/beta-boulder-blast-5.

Climbers called on to clean up Kelly Canyon

Climbers will be picking up trash and performing area maintenance for National Forest Clean Up day on April 15th, 2017. Volunteers are asked to arrive at the Kelly Canyon trailhead between 8:15 a.m. and 9 a.m. for free bagels and coffee. Orientation with the Forest Service starts at 9 a.m.

To access Kelly Canyon, which is a few miles south of Flagstaff, exit I-17 onto Kelly Canyon Rd. and turn west. The last right fork before the parking area is now blocked by three big rocks. Park above the shooting pit and hike to the old parking area with the fire pit on the right.

Visit the event page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/403199743378634/.