A giant thanks to everyone who participated in Planet Granite’s Battle for Bolts! In total 47 climbers braved the 12 hour stretch and climbed an impressive 4,247 routes (our relay winners climbed over 1300 boulder problems and routes!).
The night started with a review of the rules with our two MC’s for the night, Simon Hill (seen here in the amazing hat) and Dan Norgan (seen here hatless). The night would include 4 check in times, a few naps (optional), plenty of snacks for energy and a ton of tape.
Every team had a different plan on how they would win. Some spaced out naps in between their climbing in hopes of staying fresh; some decided to forgo naps and power through the full 12 hours and some made it up as they went.he night started with a review of the rules with our two MC’s for the night, Simon Hill (seen here in the amazing hat) and Dan Norgan (seen here hatless). The night would include 4 check in times, a few naps (optional), plenty of snacks for energy and a ton of tape.
Periodically, to keep minds sharp and give the competitors a chance to get more raffle tickets which would be used at the end for extra prizes, we set up games. First, participants had to test their endurance in Bouldering Twister where you move your hands and feet to different holds depending on what is called out. Last one on the wall wins! Next, they tested their skills with Golf! The game where your feet can go anywhere, but each time your hand touches a hold, it counts as one. The lowest score wins!
Lastly, we tested agility with an obstacle course! Get from one side to the other but don’t let anything touch the pool noodles or hoops. This one was especially hard as the overseer counted it whenever your clothes touched. One competitor took the extra step of taping up his pant legs after they betrayed him by grazing the hoop one too many times
After the last check in, the last game, and at the last hour, we were to the home stretch. Each climb in the last hour counted double. This was the final push to the end and the last chance for climbers to get as many points as possible. And they did. Even after 11 hours of climbing and being up all night, people pushed that last hour to make the most of it!
While the scores were tallied, breakfast and showers were had and the climbers tried a different type of climbing – the tabletop traverse! Climbers started on the top of the table and went under and around it without touching the floor! Quite a few battle-weary climbers were still up for one (or two) last tries.
Finally – the scores were in and the winners were announced! One winner per category – Recreational, Advanced, Open, and Relay.
Now that we had our winners, it was time to raffle off the prizes. Winners went first and had their choice of prizes including a crash pad, clothing, climbing equipment, books, and more.
Thanks so much to our climbers! With almost 100,000 vertical feet climbed and over 4,000 total climbs, you guys knocked it out of the park!