Corporate Team Competition at Bloc 23rd October 2015

Aim of the Event

The main aim of this event is to run an exciting competition for all abilities. The event brings  climbers from a variety of companies together for a fun and friendly competition and social.

The most important aim is to have fun!

If you have never entered a competition before, do not fear! Think of it more like a marathon or road bike race:  you know that there will be professionals sneaking around in the ranks who might stand a better chance of winning than you, but you’re excited by the amount of people around you and the vibe of the crowd – it’s the taking part and meeting other like minded people who you can struggle along with that makes these events so great.

This event also takes steps outside of climbing as it  includes an assortment of other challenges to boost your team score and give those with sore hands a rest without letting them be idle.

Think of a competition as an excuse to try some funky problems, test your limits, have a laugh and have a good reason for a beer afterwards.


What actually happens during the event?

The event is a team-based competition focused on climbing but with other individual and team-based challenges included, so make sure you pick your team wisely as you may need someone with maths skills for example (hint hint).

There will be a full briefing followed by the issuing of the team packs, from that moment onwards the competition time will begin. The competition includes time for climbing and the non climbing challenges; how that time is managed is up to the teams.

There are points for each of the challenges, however are they worth the time it may take to complete? Only the teams can decide.

Through the climbing part of the event, team members will try to get the best score they can by climbing as far as they can on as many of the climbs(problems) as they can. There will be at least 1 Bloc staff member on hand to help and advise you on the climbing – make sure you take advantage of them.

After the competition is complete the scores will be tallied and a prize giving ceremony for the  individual winners and winning team as well as runner ups will be announced shortly after.


Day Friday 23rd October 2015
Time Welcome Meeting/Briefing 6.30pmRound 6.45 – 8.45pmFinal 9pm – 10pm
Competition Style Qualification Round
Redpoint (1 point per move, 20 problems)Infinite attempts, best score counted.
Winners Winner based on QualifyingMen – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5thWomen – 1st, 2nd, 3d, 4th and 5thGroup/Team – 1st, 2nd, 3rd. 4th and 5th

(Total overall points scored by any Team)


Team Details 3 People in each team
Unlimited teams per company

Timeline for the event

The event starts at 1800

0 – 15min Full group briefing, how the comp works, staff introductions, plan for the day, how scoring works, handing out score cards.
15min –  2hr 30min Qualification round
~2hr 30min – 3hrs Presentation for winners and group winners, photos. De-brief, thanks etc.

Notes on the climbing and boulder problems

25 bouldering problems will be selected and tagged up accordingly with starting holds and finish holds.  The 25 boulder problems will be new and set specifically for this competition and a university competition 2 days before.


How the scoring works

All aspects of the competition are scored (climbing and challenges) and go towards your total team score, the team with the highest score wins. The individual winners will only be based on the climbing scores.


Climbing in the qualification Round

The climbing will be in a Redpoint format (1 point per move, 20 problems). Infinite attempts and the  best score counted.


The scoring is as follows:

20 points for the completion of the problem

19 points for the penultimate hold

18 points for the 2 down from the finish hold

and so on…


That means that if you pull yourself of the ground from the start holds you have earnt  points for your team.


Challenges during the qualification Round

Also added to the team scores are the possible points available for completing  various challenges during the event.


Challenge Points A full brief will be given at each event
Hula hoop 5 points per team member. Hula hoop for 2 minutes non stop. Only one attempt per team member.
Sling Pass 10 points All the team must pass through the sling twice in under 6 seconds
Crossword 20 points Complete a hard Sudoku.
Team Plank 5 points All team members must plank for 1 minute non stop.
Match- stick Wine Glass Exam 10 points Get the ball out of the wine glass by only moving 3 of the match sticks. No phones allowed!
Matching T’s 10 points The full team must arrive wearing and compete wearing matching T-shirts.

Extra notes on the Event

Throughout the event the cafe will run as normal. After the competition or until the final (except those that are in it!) we will have some of the finest locally brewed ale and cider on sale in the cafe.

Our normal opening hours are 12 – 10pm, however for this event we will being staying open until the last of you are gone, you are more than welcome, in fact we encourage you, to carry on climbing (if you haven’t had any beer) or to stay to chat and socialise and have a few beers and some food.

We look to forward to seeing you all here enjoying yourselves!

Registering for the Competition

Please email to register your interest and you will then receive a team register form:  you will need to fill this in and return it via email.

The cost of the event is £30 per team of three or £10p/p

Group (team) payments will need to be made at least 3 days before the competition, this can be done at reception or over the phone any time during our normal opening hours.


If anyone has any questions about the event or would just like to know a little bit more please do not hesitate to contact or ring on 0117 955 8508.