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Annual Rock Climbing Competition (ARCC)


Outdoor Adventures is proud to host Angelo State University’s annual mixed rock climbing competition! Each Spring, the entire Climbing Gym is stripped of routes, washed, and set with completely fresh routes. The climbing competition offers the perfect opportunity for participants to measure their skill level, but in a friendly and exciting format. Whether you are a Chris Sharma (climbing rock star), or you have just been climbing once, the climbing competition is for you.

Be sure to take a look at last year’s results and photos to get you pumped up for the next competition. While you are checking out the sweet photos, like the UREC Facebook Page too. Remember, training for next year’s competition begins now.

Event Schedule:

  • Registration/Check-In: 10:00am
  • Welcome Speech: 10:45am
  • Open Climb: 11:00am-4:00pm
  • Finals: 4:30pm
  • Awards/Door Prizes: 5:00pm


  • Format

    The competition is open to everyone. The format is a mixed format of bouldering problems and top rope routes. Each route/problem will have a point value labeled near the start. Competitors will receive points by “on sighting”, or climbing without falling. The harder the climb, the more points a competitor will receive. 

    Each competitor must turn in a scorecard with a minimum of five climbs. Two climbs must be top rope, two must be bouldering problems, and the last is the climber’s decision.

    There are six categories of climbers broken down listed below. While it is a competition, we highly encourage new and advanced climbers alike to join as it is a really fun event.


    • Recreational (5.5-5.7 or V0-V2)
    • Intermediate (5.8-5.10 or V2-V4)
    • Advanced (5.10+ or V4+)


    • Recreational (5.5-5.8 or V0-V2)
    • Intermediate (5.8-5.10 or V2-V4)  
    • Advanced (5.10+ or V4+)

    The finals bracket will consist of one final climb for the top three scoring men and women. He or she will get one attempt to climb the men’s/women’s final as high as they can without falling. Final placement in the advanced categories is based upon the highest controlled hold (i.e. whomever successfully climbs the highest will win first place).

  • Climbing Gym Preparation Schedule

    In preparation for the Climbing Competition, the Climbing Gym will begin to have limited availability Friday, April 19 through Saturday, April 27. Over the course of the week, the Outdoor Adventures team will be stripping the entire Climbing Gym and setting all new routes.

    Please see the table below for a complete breakdown. 

    Climbing Gym Access
    Date Tower and Bouldering Wall
    April 19 - 26 CLOSED (Final preparations)
    April 27 OPEN to Competitors / Spectators
    April 28 RESUME Normal operating hours
  • Registration

    ARCC is open to any and all competitors. Minimum age for participation is 14 years old.

    Annual rock climbing competition pricing information
      ASU Student UREC Pass Holder Community
    March 1st $5 $10 $15

    ARCC is limited to 60 competitors; so, please register today to reserve your spot! Registration must be completed online.

    Registration is Live

Event Sponsors

ARCC is such as success due in large part to our sponsors. Please take a moment to thank them by visiting their websites/stores.

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