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Rock Mill and Rock Candy Holds are proud to present the Rock Candy Classic. Join us for a day of climbing festivities including vendors, a recreational competition and an open finals round offering a cash grand prize. This event has something for everyone so register today!

Interested in participating in the Rock Candy Classic, but don’t want to compete? You can volunteer! We are looking for people to help guide climbers as they compete.

All volunteers will receive a FREE event t-shirt! Sign up at the link below.

$35 Members/$40 Non-members

A fun, redpoint-style competition for youth and adult climbers of all skill levels. Climbers will choose their own category, and prizes will be awarded to the top climbers in each category.  The Recreational Comp is great for any climbers who want to challenge themselves in a competitive climbing event without the higher stakes of the Onsight Finals.

See the categories and rules below to determine which level you should choose.

$40 Members/$45 Non-members

Climbers looking to go for the cash grand prize can compete in the Open category during the recreational comp to qualify for the Onsight Finals. The top 5 men and top 5 women will compete in the finals at the end of the day. Each climber will have 4 minutes to attempt each of the 3 finals routes. First place men’s and women’s will win a $300 cash prize, and other great prizes will go to 2nd and 3rd place winners.


The Rock Candy Classic is a celebration of climbing! We have some awesome vendors showing up so it will be great chance to meet our partners, score some deals on gear, and hang with your friends.

Competitors’ Meeting for Morning Session

11:00 – 1:00
Morning Session

1:00 – 2:00
Check out our awesome vendors! Climbers competing for the first time can attend our pre-comp workshop to get the scoop on redpoint competitions.

1:45 – 2:00
Welcome and review rules

2:00 – 5:00
Climb! (Recreational Youth and Levels A – C; Open qualifying)

5:00 – 6:00
Scorecards due, Onsight finalists announced, Recreational Comp ceremony and pizza + beer!

6:30 – 8:00
Onsight Finals. Watch the top climbers of Rock Mill battle it out for a $300 cash prize.

8:00 – 9:00
After party! Stick around for a beer or to try your hand at the finals routes.


Members competing in the Rock Candy Classic get the t-shirt FOR FREE! Non-members can opt to purchase an event t-shirt at the time of registration for $10. Due to supply chain delays, the shirts WILL NOT be available on the day of the event. We will notify everyone when the shirts arrive at the gym (hopefully within 2-3 weeks of the competition).

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 three 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 4 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.


Youth: Age 12 and under
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+)
Open: While climbers of all levels can complete in the recreational competition, women climbing blues, oranges and beyond (V5 and up) are encouraged to compete in the Open category.


Youth: Age 12 and under
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+)
Open: While climbers of all levels can complete in the recreational competition, men climbing greys and blacks (V7 and beyond) are encouraged to compete in the Open category.


  • 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 3 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.
  • Open category climbers will climb during the Recreational Comp to qualify for the Onsight Finals. 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.

Event Details


We’re excited to have several vendors at the gym during the competition. Each vendor will have a table and we will have a special pop-up shop from The Cleveland Outpost.


We will have beer from 83 Brewing here in Akron, OH. All participants over 21 will receive a ticket for a free beer upon registration, and can pay for any additional beers after that. There is no climbing after being served! Please do not get a beer unless you are done climbing for the day. We will also have pizza, which will be available for $1/slice.


All members participating in the Rock Candy Classic will receive a free t-shirt, and any non-member can purchase a t-shirt for $10 at registration. T-shirts will be available for pick-up at the gym a few weeks after the event.


This event would not be possible without the support from our amazing sponsors.

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Drypoint Logo
Frictionlabs Logo
Metolius Logo
Black Diamond Logo
Akron Coffee Roasters
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La Sportiva Logo
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The Cleveland Outpost Logo
Green Girl Gang Logo
Rock On Climbing Gear Logo
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