Entries accepted on the door today

 The Bristol Open Bouldering Championship is coming to you on the 6th and 7th of December.

Full details below…… 

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This form must be completed for entry into the Bristol Championships. After completing the form you will redirected to the payment page. Payment will also need to be made for registration to be completed. The cost of the events includes entry to the climbing centre on both days and a free event T shirt. [separator top=”40″ style=”single”]

The Bristol Open Bouldering Championships 2014

After an amazing first 8 months of being open, with big event after big event, from corporate team competitions to Inter-uni Bouldering competitions, we thought Bristol deserved a full on, full fat, no holds barred, IFSC style event. We decided to create and host the Bristol Open Bouldering Championships. The Bristol Open Championships is shaping up to be the event of the year. With the Bristol climbing scene growing year on year, there has never been a time more exciting to be a climber in this great city. Bristol has some of the highest quality senior and junior climbers in the UK, with many of these climbers found continuously travelling around the UK and Europe to compete on an international scale. We thought it was about time that the South West hosted such an event.

What are the Bristol Open Bouldering Championships?

The Bristol Open Bouldering Championships is an event and competition aimed fostering two things, firstly to establish Bristol and the South West as a place of climbing and bouldering excellence in parallel with Sheffield, demonstrating how many strong adult and junior climbers there are and secondly, to demonstrate that Bristol has what is needed to host international quality competitions.

Details of the event

While this event and competition will have problems and climbing challenges set to the highest standard, there will also be a large number of beginner friendly climbing with plenty of staff on hand to help even the newest of climbers. The event is set over two days, Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th December. On Saturday the emphasis is on fun, while on Sunday it’s all about the competition. Juniors are able to compete on either day.


Registration is not required to climb on Saturday but is required to enter the competition on Sunday. To register please visit the events page found here (Bristol Open Bouldering Championships). Registration can also be completed at Bloc.

Whats happening on the weekend

The two days will include, but are not limited to, all of the below.


  • Core Strength Challenge running at 11:00, 13:00 & 15:00
  • Sports massage
  • Climbers Against Cancer stand
  • Beyond Hope will have a sale rail
  • Coaching workshops with Cailean Harker at 11:30, 13:00 & 15:00 email info@blocclimbing.co.uk to reserve a space.


  • 09:00 Registration opens
  • 10:00 Qualifying starts
  • 12:00 Tincan events will be serving gourmet hot dogs.
  • 14:30 Matt Cousins and Ben West Masterclasses
  • 14:30 Qualifying ends
  • 14:50 Semi Finalists announced and isolation opens
  • 15:00 Semi Finals viewing
  • 15:15 Semi Finals start
  • 16:30 Semis end
  • 17:00 Finalists announced and isolation opens
  • 17:45 Finals viewing
  • 18:00 Finals commence
  •  Prize presentation
  •  Head to the pub for well earned drink



Juniors of all ages are more than welcome to come and enter the championships and we will be setting some Junior specific problems. It is these problems that the winners will be decided from and juniors are able to take part on either day.  With several junior events this weekend we’ll be accepting entries on both days but as a result there won’t be a head to head final.

The Route Setting

Along with the normal high quality setters at Bloc, we have enlisted the top route-setters in the country. The problems for the qualifiers, the semi final and the final will be set by Andy Long (CWIF & British Champs setter), Rob Lamey and Matt Cox. Each of these have a huge array of experience of setting in climbing and bouldering walls around the country.

Food, Music and Drinks



As always the music, food and beer will be top notch! We have our regular DJ team along with some guest appearances from further afield.

Food and drink

The fantastic Berthas Pizza will be on site on Saturday serving up their legendary freshly made sourdough stone baked pizzas, then on Sunday Tincan Events are on board to create some delicious gourmet hotdogs for your enjoyment. Like all of our events we will have a full alcohol license for both days. We have the some of the best quality, locally produced ales, beers and ciders in fridge and plenty in reserve ready for a hard earned drink after your climbing has finished.

We are very fortunate to have the support of some great companies who have generously given prizes for the event.

BananaFingers Climbing store is situated in Broad Oak, Herefordshire near to the climbing Mecca that is Symonds Yat. The store is run by two local climbers, Nick and Tom who have been very supportive of Bloc from the very start, providing prizes and help whenever we’ve needed any new gear. Underpinning the great prices they are dedicated to providing first class customer service.
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