Rockfest 2017

16th annual ROCKFEST Climbing Competition!

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

  • Join us on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 for our 16th Annual ROCKFEST Climbing Competition! All skill levels are welcome!
  • Participants may register online or in person. Pre-registration is highly encouraged!
  • The registration fee is $30 for UW students and $35 for non-UW students, which includes entrance into the competition & a t-shirt for the first 25 registered climbers. Additional t-shirts may be purchased for $5.
  • This year's theme is Pirates of the Carabiner! Participants are welcome to come dressed according to the theme. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes!
  • There are three divisions: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. To ensure that the top three finishers in all three adult divisions are accurately represented, all competitors will be placed into blind divisions.
  • There are two categories for each division: Male and Female
  • All entrants are required to sign a liability waiver to climb our wall. If you are under 18 years of age, a parent/guardian must also sign. Waivers will be given to entrants upon arrival.
  • The competition is open to all: students and non-students alike! No minimum or maximum age.   


RockFest will be held at the Stout Adventures Climbing Wall located within the Sports & Fitness Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, WI. Address: 220 13th Avenue E, Menomonie WI 54751.  A campus map may be found at: The climbing wall is located at the south end of the Sports and Fitness Center.


Schedule of Events

9:45-10:00am  Competition Rules and Updates
10:00-2:00pm  Preliminary Competition
2:00-2:30pm  Results
2:45-3:45pm  Finals Competition (Top 3 finishers in intermediate and advanced divisions only)
3:45-3:30pm  Awards & Prizes


  • This competition is open-format.  Open-format means that climbers may climb whenever they are ready.  They must finish all of their climbs within the time allotted.
  • Scoring will be based off of a Flash/red point format.
  • There will be routes set specifically for the competition for each division.  The number of routes per division will be based on the climbing ability of the competition entrants.
  • The Art Wall will have taped routes and the West coast wall will be all Monochromatic routes. Monochromatic means the climber will be following a set of holds that are a single color.
  • Each climber is given a score card at registration
  • All belaying will be done by staff members. Belayer’s will be judging each climb and must sign the score card for a climb to be valid
  •  A “Route Card” showing the climb information will be posted next to each route.


  1. Any incidents or issues will be decided by the Head Judge of the competition.
  2. Climbers will be given a “10 minute warning” near the end of the event. At the end of those 10 minutes any climbers still on the wall (on an official attempt) will be allowed to continue.
      1. **At 3 PM the current climber gets to finish their last attempt and the queued climber gets their full attempt.
  3.  Climbers may try as many routes they wish within the allotted amount of time.
  4. Climber must start and end routes on holds marked with a “Box”
  5. Climber must have weight on and be in control* with both hands of the final holds to complete the route.
      1. *Control: means climber must have the final hold weighted before releasing (no slapping the finishing hold allowed) - you must be able to at least touch the final hold with both hands. A demo of this concept will be provided at the comp.
  6. For starts, climbers must show control on starting holds before moving to the next holds.  For sit starts (indicated on the route’s label), climber must start by sitting on the ground.  No pushing off the ground with hands or feet.  Once the climber has completely left the ground, the climber’s attempt has begun. If climber falls on starting move, they may retry immediately but will be penalized a fall.
  7.  Climber must only use holds/features that are designated for that route.  Everything else is off limits.  Accidentally touching a hold not on your route with your hands or feet is only tolerated if it does not assist in the progress of the climb.  This rule is enforced at the belayer’s discretion.  All natural holds are on except when specifically stated for a route.  All bolt holes, quick draws, and the building’s structural walls are off.
  8. The climber will be lowered upon falling. The climber may not climb a route consecutively unless there is no one else waiting to climb that rope. The climber may attempt a route as many times as desired.
  9. If a hold spins or moves while you are climbing a route, you will be lowered and given another chance to climb it from the beginning without being penalized. If climber continues after hold spins and falls on a move not including that spinner hold, they will be penalized.
  10. Neither verbal nor nonverbal help may be given to climbers on the wall from anyone on the ground.
  11. No loose chalk in the gym.  All chalk must be in a chalk ball and kept in a chalk bag.
  12. No food or beverages are allowed in the gym. Please keep your personal items in the West Gym to avoid clutter in the Climbing Wall.


  • The finals competition will use a different format than the preliminary competition.
  • The top 3 finishers in advanced divisions will participate.
  • Separate routes will be used for the finals competition.
  • Scoring is determined by the height of hold reached while in control. The climber who gets the highest on the finals route is the winner (1st place Advanced).
      1. A tie is established if climbers fall on the same hold during the finals.
      2. In the event of a tie, a tie-breaker will be determined based on their prior score in the preliminary competition.

Awards and Prizes

  • Prizes will be given to the top three finishers in each division.
  • All entrants will receive one prize drawing ticket upon check-in. Prizes will be drawn during the award ceremony.

Other Information

  • ROCKFEST is part of the Wisconsin Indoor Climbing Series (WICS).  Check out the WICS tabs for more information!
  • Showers and locker rooms are available for all entrants.
  • Light snacks will be provided thanks to our sponsors.
“I've attended ROCKFEST three different times.I'm always very impressed by how organized and professionally run this comp is.The environment is very positive and encouraging for climbers of all levels.”

Additional Information

Any other questions, comments, or concerns can be directed toward Stout Adventures Coordinator, Houston Taylor. 715-232-5315 or