Upcoming Season

Hello Parents and Climbers! 

The bouldering season is getting underway soon! Can you feel the excitement?!?! 

This email is to get everyone ready for the season and upcoming events: 


1) Next week's Monday Team session (Originally on Sept. 4th) is moved to Friday September 8th. 6:00-8:30 due to the holiday. 


2) 519 Showdown (Recreation Competition) at The Junction,  Sun September 10th, 3pm - 6pm in London. Below is the email from The Junction. This is an optional team event, for fun and experience only. 

General Comp Info

The comp is between the youth teams from Junction, Grand River Rocks, Core, and the Grotto. Each competitor will complete climbs on the boulder, route wall, and SPEED WALL! Basically, we're doing a mini mock version of what will be in the Olympics in 2020. We will have a winner for each age/sex category as well as an overall TEAM award. 

Climbing Breakdown

The comp is a scramble format - 3 hrs to complete all climbing (i.e. there is no isolation, and no scheduled times for the routes/speed). Boulder - Each age division will have 5 boulder problems; top 3 will contribute to score

Routes - 2 routes per age category in flash format; there will be scored bonus holds progressive through the climb. One route will be more difficult than the other, to create space between scores. 

Speed - Obviously we do not have the right sized walls for "official" speed climbing. The speed will be on speed holds; each climber will have 1 go on each speed line. The faster of the two times will contribute to their score. 

and 2 tries on speed (fastest time of the two is the final score). These are combined to make each climber's overall score. Speed holds will be going up at Junction on approx. Aug 30 if anyone wants to come practice beforehand. 


Comp is on September 10 (a Sunday). Competitor briefing is at 3pm, climbing from 3:30-6:30pm, awards at 7pm (as it is a school night). 

Lead Climbers - competitors in the B, A, and Junior categories will need to do a lead climbing test. There will be a Junction staff member on starting at noon on September 10 to do tests on a first-come-first-served basis. 


Registration is now OPEN! It is done online; site is not open to the public, it is only available via this link: http://junctionclimbing.com/519-showdown/ and the password is "compseason". Please have parents register their climber(s) in the category they were for the OCF 2016-2017 season NOT the coming season (so competitors new to B-division don't have to compete in lead before they are ready). There is no Open Category.

  • Cost is $25 for the comp paid online at registration
  • This comp is ONLY open to climbers who are part of one of the aforementioned gym teams either during the summer season or planning on being on team in the fall - one of the perks of being on a youth team! There is no open category. 
  • Registration will CLOSE on September 8 at 11:59pm in order for setters to have an idea of what level they are setting at 


3) Ontario Federation Competition's (OCF) Competitions this season.

The OCF website outlines the schedule for the Fall/Winter season. Age categories are outlined at the bottom of the page. 


The first competition is in Ottawa, October 21st & 22nd for categories C,B,A,Jr,Open at Coyote Rock.

The OCF Series will use the CEC/IFSC age categories at all of its events. Series members collect Series points only when they compete in their own actual age/gender categories.

  • Youth D – born 2006 or later
  • Youth C – born 2004 and 2005
  • Youth B – born 2002 and 2003
  • Youth A – born 2000 and 2001
  • Junior – born 1998 and 1999
  • Open – born 2001 and before

This competition is out of town and athletes will need to travel for this event. Many athletes will stay over the night before to compete. You are not required to attend this competition.

You can expect the "local" comp fees to be about $45 per competition. (Even though this is in Ottawa it is considered a "local" comp. The next level of comp will be Provincial).

Please reply back with your intention to compete or not at the Coyote Rock competition in Ottawa.


4) Team Tank Tops are now available for order. They are optional

They will provided at cost. They generally come out to $20-$24 after printing. 

Order will be put in this Friday Sept. 1st.  

5) If you still aren't part of the team Facebook group please respond to this email and we will add you.