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U.S.A. Climbing Announces 2017/2018 National Cup Series

U.S.A. Climbing announces the dates and locations of its second-annual National Cup Series of bouldering competitions.

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U.S.A. Climbing, the “national governing body of the sport of competition climbing” in the U.S., has announced the dates and locations of its second-annual National Cup Series.

Brooke Raboutou competes in the 2016 “Yank n’ Yard” at Stone Age Climbing Gym, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo: Louder Than 11.

The upcoming season consists of four bouldering competitions across the country, from Alabama to California, and will run from October 2017 until January 2018. Adult amateur and professional athletes alike are invited to compete for a chance to win a piece of the $10,000 cash purse at each competition and points towards a national ranking.

U.S.A. Climbing could not give a definitive answer as to whether or not the competition series will eventually extend to lead, speed and mixed events.

As for now, the NCS bouldering competition format includes a redpoint-style qualification round followed by an onsight-format final round. The top eight men and top eight women from qualifiers advance to finals. The final rounds of each NCS event will be streamed live for free.

The season concludes with the U.S.A. Climbing Bouldering Open National Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2-3, 2018. At the National Championship, competitors have the chance to qualify for the U.S. National Team.

For more information, visit usaclimbing.org.

National Cup Series Schedule:

October 20-21, 2017: “Yank n’ Yard” at Stone Age Climbing Gym, Albuquerque, New
Mexico.

November 10-11, 2017: Dogpatch Boulders, San Francisco,
California.

December 15-16, 2017: “The Violet Crown” at Crux Climbing Center,
Austin, Texas.

January 5-6, 2018: High Point Climbing Birmingham, Birmingham,
Alabama.
Bouldering Open National Championship

February 2-3, 2018: Salt Lake City, Utah (gym TBT).

Watch highlights from last year: