WCC 2018 Top Rope and Lead Climbing Competition

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Information booklet



2018 Provincial Top Rope & Lead Climbing Competition

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Saturday 3rd March 2018



Hosted by: Western Cape Climbing

Visit www.westerncapeclimbing.co.za for details and results


Table of Contents





1.     Where & When

2.     Age groups and number of participants for Provincial Lead

3.     Prize Giving

4.     Structure of events

5.     Refreshments at competition venues

6.     Costs and payment

7.     Timetable

8.     Contact details

9.     Summary – what you must do!

10.   Attachments




Western Cape Climbing welcomes all Western Cape climbers to the Provincial Top Rope and Lead Climbing Competition.


The SANCF is committed to bringing huge changes to the South African Competitive Bouldering & Sport Climbing Scene.


Subject to a minimum climbing ability to be determined by a panel consisting of the WCC head coach, WCC coaching assistant and one parent representative, the Top 5 Ranked Competitors in each category will be selected for the Western Cape Provincial Teams competing at the 2018 National Lead Climbing Competition being held over the 29th June to 1st July in Johannesburg (Youth C Lead to Opens only) and National Climbing Competition being held over 13th and 14th October in Johannesburg (Youth E to Youth C Top Rope and Youth C Lead).



Please bear in mind that the competition will run strictly according to a timetable. Kindly therefore allow enough time for travel delays.



1. When & Where


The 2018 Provincial Top Rope and Lead Climbing Competition will be held over the following two days:


ü  Qualifiers and finals on Saturday 3rd March 2018 at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town


The address for CityROCK is: 9 Milner Street, Unit 5 Table Bay Industrial Estate, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town. For more information, please visit their website http://cityrock.co.za/capetown/. Refer to the map below or use the following link http://bit.ly/2CXEkAb.



  • Technical Meeting

Saturday 3rd March at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym, Paarden Eiland from 7:30am until 8:00am



  • Prize Giving

Saturday 3rd March 2018 at 05:30pm at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym.


2. Age groups and number of participants for Provincial Lead Competitions


Schools, clubs and climbers are requested to please send names and the category under which each will be participating to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 23rd February 2018.


The Lead and Top Rope Categories are as follows:

  • Open Men (Lead)
  • Open Ladies (Lead)
  • Junior (U19) Men (Lead)
  • Junior (U19) Women (Lead)
  • Youth A (U17) Boys (Lead)
  • Youth A (U17) Girls (Lead)
  • Youth B (U15) Boys (Lead)
  • Youth B (U15) Girls (Lead)
  • Youth C (U13) Boys (Lead)
  • Youth C (U13) Girls (Lead)
  • Youth C (U13) Boys (Top Rope)
  • Youth C (U13) Girls (Top Rope)
  • Youth D (U11) Boys (Top Rope)
  • Youth D (U11) Girls (Top Rope)
  • Youth E (U9) Boys (Top Rope)
  • Youth E (U9) Girls (Top Rope)


NOTE 1: A Youth C (U13) Competitor can only take part in one of the categories for their age group, i.e. they cannot compete in both Top Rope and Lead.


NOTE 2: Competitors aged 16 years and older as at 1st January 2017 can compete in the Open Category as well.  They will need to register twice: once for their Youth Category and once for their Open Category.


Categories are defined by the age of the child as at 1st January of 2018.  Please refer to the below tables if you are unsure based on the year your child was born (Youth D years of birth will be 2007 and 2008, Youth E years of birth will be 2009 and 2010.):















Youth A


Youth B


Youth C













3. Prize Giving


Prize Giving will take place on Saturday 3rd March 2018 from 05:30pm at CityROCK Climbing Gym.


We are incredibly grateful to CityROCK Climbing Gym for hosting this event, thus making this competition possible.



4. Structure of events




Scoring will be as per IFSC rules unless otherwise stated and will be explained during the briefing session.  An abbreviated guide to the rules will be on display at the venue and in the isolation area.  Anyone with further questions is welcome to discuss with the Jury President of the competition who will be the final arbiter and clarify any rules issues.


Top Rope and Lead Qualifier Rounds:


Ø  The Saturday Provincial Top Rope and Lead competition will start with the qualifier rounds.  These two climbs will be “flash”. This means that the route will be demonstrated to the climbers by an official before each qualifier route.

Ø  The attempt will be considered started the moment both feet leave the floor and is completed when the climber has either clipped the final draws or fallen.

Ø  The starting order will be randomized for qualifier 1 and climbers will climb in the same order with a stagger of 50% for qualifier 2.

Ø  Climbers have only one attempt per route and have a maximum of six minutes per route after which they will be called down.

Ø  The score on each route is judged by the highest hold that is reached and controlled.


Top Rope and Lead Final Rounds:


Ø  The best six climbers from the qualifiers round will progress to the final.  In the event of a tie for sixth place all tied competitors will progress.

Ø  The starting order for the final rounds will be in the reverse order of their ranking from the qualifier rounds, i.e. the highest ranked climber will start last.

Ø  The Final rounds will be “on-sight” meaning that the groups will be given five minutes to view the route prior to the climb before being confined to isolation.  The route will not be demonstrated and they will not be allowed to watch anyone climb the routes nor share information about the route.

Ø  The individual competitor will be led to the route at the appropriate time by a belayer. The competitor must have his shoes and harness on and have his chalk. The Competitor must already be tied in and have been checked by his belayer and be accompanied by his belayer to the route. The competitor will have 30 seconds to view the route immediately before his climb.

Ø  Climbers have only one attempt per route and have a maximum of six minutes per route after which they will be called down.


5. Refreshments at competition venue

Minor refreshments will be available at the front desk. 



6. Costs and payment


Fee for 2018 Provincial Top Rope, Lead and Speed Competition

  • R400.00 per competitor if competitor is a WCC AND SANCF Competition license holder – a membership number must be presented alongside the competitor’s name when sending your lists through to Western Cape Climbing.  A membership card must be presented at the registration on the day.


  • R850.00 per competitor if competitor is NOT an SANCF/WCC Competition license holder – this will entitle them to membership and cover their registration fee for the competition; an SANCF/WCC Competition card will be organised and sent to the competitor shortly after the competition.


ü  The above fee includes medals, trophies, venue hire as well as the costs associated with the setting and organization of the competition.


ü  All payments are to be made via EFT before Wednesday 28 February 2018 into the Western Cape Climbing Bank Account below.


Western Cape Climbing

First National Bank      

Branch Number: 204209    

Branch: Cavendish     

Account Number: 62380592652        

Account Type: Cheque Account


Please list your name as a reference on the deposit slip


Kindly email the proof of payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



To become a WCC member kindly email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .










7. Timetable


These times are subject to change and a revised timetable will be published after the registration cutoff when competitor numbers are known.





Action                                                                        Time

•      Registration and Technical Meeting                         08:00am to 08:30am

•      Introduction & briefing                                         08:30am to 08:50am


•      Group A Qualifier 1 Round Top Rope                        09:00am to 10:30am

•      Group B & C Qualifier 1 Round Lead                        10:45am to 11:45am


•      Group A Qualifier 2 Round Top Rope                        12:00pm to 01:30pm




•      Group B & C Qualifier 2 Round Lead                        02:00pm to 03:00pm


•      Group A Final Round Top Rope                                 03:15pm to 04:15pm

•      Group B & C Final Round Lead                                 04:30pm to 05:15pm

        Prize Giving                                                          05:30pm to 06:00pm



The above times are approximate and competitors should always arrive early. Speed groups will combine Youth D (U13) Top Rope and Lead Competitors into Group A.


  1. GROUP A:
    1. Youth E (U9) Top Rope Girls
    2. Youth E (U9) Top Rope Boys
    3. Youth D (U11) Top Rope Girls
    4. Youth D (U11) Top Rope Boys
    5. Youth C (U13) Top Rope Girls
    6. Youth C (U13) Top Rope Boys
  2. GROUP B:
    1. Youth C (U13) Lead Girls
    2. Youth C (U13) Lead Boys
    3. Youth B (U15) Lead Girls
    4. Youth B (U15) Lead Boys
  3. GROUP C:
    1. Youth A (U17) Girls
    2. Youth A (U17) Boys
    3. Junior and Open Ladies
    4. Junior and Open Men



8. Contact details


Delaney Carpenter – WCC Competitions Organiser

083 355 9933

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Chris Naudé – WCC President

063 538 4516

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9. Summary – what you must do!


Item Due date:

ü  Finalize final Youth team list of who is competing and let us know the names and numbers by 23rd February 2018

ü  Pay the registration fees prior to 28 February 2018

ü  Pitch-up 3rd March 2018 early for the Competition



10. Attachments

v  Map to CityROCK






LEGAL DISCLAIMER: All climbing related activities are extremely dangerous and always completely at your own risk. The organizers, WCC, SANCF, the sponsors and venue owners accept no responsibility for any losses, injury or death. All participating climbers, helpers, organizers and spectators take full responsibility for themselves. There is no substitute for experience, training, common sense and a touch of caution. So you are on your own…take care!