Signing up for a competition at TNC is a great way to meet other climbers, get more involved with the local climbing community, and have a ton of fun while working on improving your climbing skills.
Despite the name, most “comps” are much more friendly than competitive. Think of it like mini-golf: you carry a scorecard but you don’t need to take it seriously!
As well, you do not need to be a very strong climber to sign up; if you can do a lot of the yellow-tape bouldering problems in our gym then you’re ready to compete.
You’ll see 3 kinds of competitions here at True North Climbing:
- Tour de Bloc bouldering comps: The Tour de Bloc is Canada’s longest-running series of bouldering competitions. The format typically has a large number of bouldering problems available (40-60 is typical), and usually your top 6 problems count toward your score. There are 3 categories at each of these comps:
- Recreational: for people who don’t climb very hard, and mainly just want to have fun.
- Experienced: for better climbers who push themselves a little more.
- Open: for the top climbers who are serious about competing. At each comp the open competitors first do a Qualifying round; the top 6-8 men and women then advance to a final round where they face 4 or 5 new problems that they have not seen before (called “isolation format”). The finals are always an exciting spectacle for all the other climbers to watch.
- Youth comps (both bouldering and roped climbing): Running along side the Tour de Bloc schedule is a series of Youth comps for those under 20. Youth locals include both bouldering and roped climbing (Difficulty) competitions. The format can vary from comp to comp. There is also a Youth Provincial Championship in each discipline, plus Youth Nationals, leading to the selection of the Canadian Youth Climbing team (ages 13-19).
- Various other local comps: For the past 5 summers the SummerSweatFest comp series has brought a more laid-back form of bouldering competition to several gyms in the Toronto area.
Upcoming Competitions at True North Climbing: