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NOVEMBER 19th – 20th, 2022

Rock Mill and Rock Candy Holds are proud to present the Rock Candy Classic.  Saturday starts off with a USA Climbing Youth Qualifier competition, this is a great opportunity to volunteer and watch some kid crushers in action. On Sunday, join us for the Citizen’s Comp, a day of climbing festivities including vendors, food and drinks, a redpoint competition and an onsight finals round where we will be giving away $1,600 in cash prizes!


The Citizen’s Comp is redpoint-style competition for climbers of all skill levels. Climbers will choose their own category and climb to get their best scores. The top 5 competitors in men’s and women’s will move on to the finals round and compete for the cash prizes. Each climber will have 4 minutes to attempt each of the 3 finals routes. Prizes will be awarded for the remaining three categories, Level A (advanced climbers), Level B (intermediate climbers) and Level C (beginner climbers).

Cash awards for the Finals Round:

1ST PLACE: $500
2ND PLACE:  $200
3RD PLACE:  $100

Sunday, November 20th

12:00pm – 12:30pm
Doors open for check-in.

12:30pm – 4:30pm
Review rules and climb!

4:30pm – 5:00pm
Scoring review

5:00pm – 5:30pm
 Finalists announced, awards for Level A, B and C category.

6:00pm – 7:30pm
Onsight Finals. Watch the top climbers of Rock Mill battle it out for a cash prize.

7:30pm – 9:00pm
After party! Stick around for a beer or to try your hand at the finals routes.

Categories and Rules


Redpoint competitions are a laid-back style of competition where climbers are given a scorecard with all the routes in the gym listed by point value. A block of time (usually 2-3 hours) is given for climbers to try any climb, as many times as they want at their own pace. Greater points are rewarded for sending a route on a first attempt and the harder the climb, the more points. At the end of the competition, climbers will total up their top five climbs and submit their scorecard for tallying. Awards will be given for the top three competitors in each category.

Onsight competitions are designed for climbers to attempt each climb without “beta” or having seen others climb the route. This style of competition is more intense, climbers are kept in an isolated area until it is their turn to compete and are then given a few minutes to attempt each climb as many times as they can. Ties are broken by time taken to complete a route or max height reached on an attempted climb.


The categories and descriptions below will help you determine which level you should choose.


Level C: Climbing greens and yellows (V0 – V2)
Level B: Climbing pinks and purples (V3 – V4)
Level A: Climbing purples, some blues and beyond (V4+)


Level C: Climbing greens, yellows, and pinks (V0 – V3)
Level B: Climbing purples, blues and some oranges (V4 – V6)
Level A: Climbing oranges and beyond (V6+)


  • Competitors will choose their own categories. Do not sandbag your category, we will bump you! Prize package value increases by category, so climb your hardest.
  • Valid attempts must start on the designated starting hold/holds and finish with both hands on the designated finish hold while showing control.
  • Valid attempts must be documented and signed off on by two individual competitors.
  • Competitors may climb as many routes as they choose, but only the 5 highest point value routes will be counted towards their final total score.
  • In the event of a tie, the total attempts from all day will be used to break the tie. Be sure to mark all attempts on your scorecard.
  • The top 5 climbers in the Citizen’s comp will move on to the Finals Round. Climbers will remain in the lobby during scoring as the finals routes are set out in the climbing hall. After the finalists are announced, the finalists will go into isolation in the fitness room until they are called out to compete.
  • Youth competing in the USAC event on Saturday cannot compete in the Citizen’s competition on Sunday.
USA Climbing Youth Qualifier

Youth competitors from all over the region will compete in a modified redpoint style competition to qualify for Bouldering Regionals. Competitors can register through the USA Climbing portal.

Saturday, November 19th

9:30am – 12:30pm
Session 1 competition

1:00pm – 1:30pm
Session 1 awards

2:30pm – 5:30pm
Session 2 competition

6:00pm – 6:30pm
Session 2 awards

*NOTE: Competitors in the USAC youth comp are not eligible to compete in the citizen’s comp the next day.

Interested in participating in the Rock Candy Classic, but don’t want to compete? You can volunteer for the USA Climbing event on Saturday!


Parking is available in the Rock Mill lot, on the south side of Carroll St. and in the area businesses marked on the map to the left.