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First time at AUSTIN BOULDERING PROJECT? Read these helpful tips & youth safety rules

The biggest community event of the season at ABP.

Austin Bouldering Project is excited to announce our second annual Southwest Boulderfest! This will be our only competition of the year and our largest community event. It will be a full day packed with live music, food trucks, vendors, and climbing with friends.

Our event starts with a USAClimbing-sponsored local youth competition. During the afternoon, adult competitors of all levels will climb their hearts out on 10 problems set specifically for their category (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert, & Open). After a happy hour in our front lot vendor village, it’s time for the main event: the spectator- friendly finals. You can watch up close inside the gym or outside on the big screen as the top 5 men and women battle it out for the $8,000 cash purse!

Bumping & Category Selection (Adult Competition):
Please carefully read the bumping and category selection rules below and make sure to choose the appropriate category. Please do not choose a category below your skill level. Competitors who climb significantly beyond the skill level of their chosen category may be bumped to a higher category. Competitors will have the option to self-bump to the correct category during their round. This will allow you to remain in the competition. Otherwise, if a competitor is bumped, they will not be eligible to receive a score in the competition.

Registration Pricing:
Registration before 9/8: $45
Registration before 9/30: $50
Day of registration: $60

USAC Local Competition:

Adult Redpoint Competition:

Waiver must be on file with the Austin Bouldering Project before registering for Southwest Boulderfest.

September 30 SWBF Competition Schedule

Youth Session
6:15 Youth Registration Begins
7:10 Youth Round Rules Meeting
7:30 Youth Round Starts
10:30 Youth Round Ends 
11:30 Youth Awards Ceremony

Adult Redpoint Session 1
10:15 Adult Redpoint Round 1 Registration Opens
10:55 Adult Redpoint Round 1 Rules Meeting
11:15 Adult Redpoint Round 1 Starts
2:15 Adult Redpoint Round 1 Ends
3:15 Adult Redpoint Round 1 Results Posted

Adult Redpoint Session 2
1:15 Adult Redpoint Round 2 Registration Opens
2:10 Adult Redpoint Round 2 Rules Meeting
2:30 Adult Redpoint Round 2 Starts
5:30 Adult Redpoint Round 2 Ends

Open Finals
5:15 Final ISO Opens
5:45 Finals ISO Closes
7:30 Finals Start
9:30 Finals End

For general questions regarding SWBF, please contact

For more specific questions concerning categories, scoring or format, please contact our Head Setter, Christine Deyo:

Youth Comp Format
Climbers have 3 hours to climb and may attempt any problem that is labeled for the USAC comp. 
To attempt a problem give your scorecard to a competition judge and wait for them to call your name.
Climbers are not limited in their attempts on any single climb.

The scoring breakdown (in order of consideration for scoring) is:

  • Each youth problem will be given a point value
  • The competitor is given the full amount of points upon completion of the problem
  • Top five scores count towards your final score
  • Ties are broken with attempts to top on those five
Judges will initial your scorecard only if you have completed the route. Without a judge's initial, a route is not complete. Problems finish either on a taped finish hold, or at the top of the wall if there is no taped finish hold. To complete a problem, climbers must complete the following steps:
  • Climbers must establish themselves on the designated start holds before moving to the next holds.
  • While on the problem, climbers may only touch the holds of the route's established hold color, wall features, and volumes.
  • Climbers must finish the problem by establishing WITH BOTH HANDS on the designated finish.
  • Judges must give confirmation that the climb has been finished before the competitor leaves the finish hold
If a climber uses a hold that isn't included in the problem they will be called down and the attempt will count as a fall. Before starting a problem climbers may feel ONLY the start holds (no other holds may be touched). Arêtes and volumes may be used at any time on any problem. No giving suggestions or coaching ("beta") while a climber is on the wall. Strategy may only be discussed on the ground. If a technical problem occurs (e.g. hold spins or breaks) competitors may return to the ground immediately to retry without the attempt being scored. If a climber continues to climb after a technical their attempt will be counted. Use the down-climb jugs to descend climbing walls. Use of a down-climb hold at any other time will result in the climber being called down, and the attempt will be counted as a fall. Climbing sessions end after 3 hours. Only climbers who are on the wall when the time expires are allowed to finish their attempt. No other attempts will be allowed after time has expired (even if a judge is holding scorecards). The youth portion of SWBF will be limited to 250 youth competitors.

Adult Redpoint
For the Adult Sessions of SWBF, participants will be divided into 10 different categories based on ability and gender. Each category is assigned 10 boulder problems that they will be scored on during the comp. They can climb on other problems if they would like, but can only receive a score for their assigned boulders.

The scoring will follow the IFSC Boulder World Cup format, with Tops and Bonus Holds. 

Definition: A Bonus Hold is a hand hold in the middle of the problem that is used for tie-breaking purposes. It will be clearly marked.

Here's the breakdown of how we will rank competitors:

  1. # of Tops – the competitor with the highest number of problems completed (Tops) wins.
  2. # Attempts to Tops – competitors are rewarded for figuring out a climb in as few attempts as possible. Every time a competitor tries a problem, they are counted as giving an Attempt. If someone climbs a problem on their first go, they are said to have 1 Top in 1 Attempt. If two competitors each have 5 Tops, whoever has the fewest Attempts recorded to reach those Tops will be ranked higher.
  3. # of Bonuses – If there is a tie in the number of Tops, and those Tops were reached in the same number of Attempts, the number of Bonuses controlled by a competitor is the next tie-break. If two competitors each have 4 Tops in 4 Attempts, but Competitor A has all 10 Bonuses, while Competitor B only has 6 Bonuses, Competitor A would win.
  4. # Attempts to Bonuses – just like Attempts to Tops, competitors are rewarded for reaching Bonus Holds in as few Attempts as possible. If two competitors each have 5 Tops in 5 Attempts, and 7 Bonuses, the competitor with 7 Attempts to those Bonuses would beat the competitor who took 9 Attempts
    1. Open Finals The Finals round will include the Top 5 men and women from the Open Categories. The round will follow a IFSC Boulder World Cup Finals format. There will be 4 boulder problems for each gender. The order will be determined by the Adult Redpoint round results, with the 5th place climber going first, and the 1st place climber going last. The climbers will be allowed a group preview of all four boulder problems at the beginning of the round, in which they may talk with one another. After the preview, the climbers will stay in Isolation until it is their turn to climb. All climbers will attempt Problem #1 before the group moves on to trying Problems #2, and so forth. Climbers will be allotted a "4+ minute" time limit in which they may attempt their boulder problem. Definition: A 4+ Minute time limit means that the climbers will have 4 minutes to climb their problem. If they are on the wall at the end of the 4-minute mark, they may remain on the wall until they either complete the problem or fall off. The scoring follows the same Tops and Bonuses system as the Adult Redpoint rounds. In the case of a tie at the end of Finals, the ranking the climbers earned during the Adult Redpoint round will act as a tie-break.

ABP uses color circuits to designate the difficulty of our climbs. If you do not climb regularly at our gym, please refer to the V-grade ranges for each of the color circuits (listed below) when going through the steps of picking your category. Note: ABP grades may not match the grades at your local gym or climbing area.

Yellow: V0
Red: V0-V2
Green: V1-V3
Purple: V2-V4
Orange: V3-V5
Black: V4-V6
Blue: V5-V7
Pink: V6-V8
White: V7+

How do I pick my Category?
Start at the Beginner Category for your gender. If you meet the requirements listed to go to the next level, move on to reading the next level up. For example: If you meet the requirements to move out of Beginner, read ahead to the Intermediate section. If you DO NOT meet the requirements to move on, register for Beginner.
Go to next level if you:

Can climb the majority of Reds
Can climb a lot of Greens
Can climb a few Purples
Go to next level if you:

Can climb almost all Greens
Can climb the majority Purples
Can climb a lot of Oranges
Can climb a few Blacks
Go to next level if you :

Can climb almost all Oranges
Can climb the majority of Blacks
Can climb a lot of Blues
Can climb a few Pinks
Go to next level if you:

Can climb almost all Blacks
Can climb the majority of Blues
Can climb a lot of Pinks
Can climb a few Whites
You know who you are

Please be respectful of our expert competitors and do not register for that category
Go to next level if you:

Can climb almost all Greens
Can climb the majority of Purples
Can climb a lot of Oranges
Can climb a few Blacks
Go to next level if you:

Can climb almost all Oranges
Can climb the majority of Blacks
Can climb a lot of Blues
Can climb a few Pinks
Go to next level if you:

Can climb almost all Blues
Can climb the majority of Pinks
Can climb a lot of Whites
Go to the next level if you:

Can climb almost all Whites
You know who you are

Please be respectful of our expert competitors and do not register for that category