The 2014 Gravity G-Force Open will take place on Saturday 8th November and it is shaping up to be even bigger & better than last year!
The qualifying round will be great fun for everyone to take part in, with a nice circuit of problems around the centre, while the evening final will see some of the best climbers from Ireland & further afield battle it out for a place on the podium.
The qualifying round will consist of a circuit of problems starting at around Font 5a's, set by a team of internationally renowned setters. For this round there’s no isolation, just do the problems in whatever order you choose and get another competitor to mark off your card. The scoring system is the same as our regular Summer Series- 10 points for a flash, 7 for a 2nd try, 4 for a 3rd and 2 for any subsequent try. You’ll have approximately 4 hours to try the qualifying problems.
The qualifying round will also include a team event. Teams are made up of 4 competitors, of which at least 1 member must be female. The highest scoring team after the qualification round will win the team prize- details coming soon! Your team must be registered in advance!
Following the qualifying round comes the semi-final, with the top Male and Female competitors challenging themselves on the competition wall. This round will have a more structured format (the same as an international event semi) and will be judged. Following the semi-final, the top 6 male and female competitors will progress to a final round.
The final will take place on the competition wall, which will have been fully reset after the semi. This will be a spectacular event to watch and a challenging one to take part in, with 4 hard problems to test every aspect of the competitors’ skill.
There will be equal prizes for the top-placed Male & Female competitors:
1st place €500
2nd place €300
3rd place €150
The competition is open to Juniors aged 14 or over, there is no separate junior category.
We hope that you will come and join us for a fantastic day, climbing great problems in a fun atmosphere, tons of spot prizes, a BBQ and great music, all culminating in a spectacular display of climbing in the final.
Entry costs €20/ €16 unwaged, if you pay in advance, or €22 on the day. You can enter on-line here or at the centre.
We will take entries on the day, but you won't get a goody bag or T-shirt!
Travel & Accommodation:
Dublin is easy to get to from the UK & Europe, with frequent, cheap flights available. The airport bus will drop you at Heuston station, which is approx 20 mins walk from the centre, or 15 mins on the LUAS red line (get off at Blackhorse).
There are also ferries from Dublin- Liverpool (P&O ferries) , Dublin- Holyhead (irish Ferries) & Dun Laoghaire- Holyhead (Irish Ferries, Stena Line). Dublin port is served by the airlink bus & Dun Laoghaire has good public transport links.
Dublin has plenty of accommodation to suit all budgets- check out the Irish Tourist Board website for details.
Our Basecamp Summer Series 2014 finished up last night after 12 weeks of intense comp wall action!
It was great to see everyone battling it out on the comp wall all Summer, getting to grips with comp style problems and grappling with the volumes! We hope that you've enjoyed all the rounds and the general buzz of the series! We have to say a huge thank-you to Basecamp and to Evolv for their support, with Basecamp vouchers for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd places in every round & some fab Evolv shoes for the overall winners.
Round 6 winners were 1st Ronan Browner & joint 2nd David Fitzgerald & Andrew Mawhinney and, in the female category, 1st Lucy Mitchell, 2nd Sarah Campbell & 3rd Maeve Lynskey
The overall league prizes went to...
1st Ed Cox
2nd Sean Marnane
3rd David Fitzgerald
and in the Female category...
1st Sarah Campbell
2nd Maeve Lynskey
3rd Claire Comiskey
An extra mention also has to go to Sarah Campbell, who completed all 6 of the female cash problems & as a result went into our special prize draw. Sarah is now planning her trip to Font, courtesy of Basecamp, The House & Gravity!
The Round 6 & overall league full results are now up on the noticeboard & there are a few prizewinners who still need to collect their vouchers.
Hopefully you're all ready for a little break, before the IBL's kick off on 11th October (at Gravity!) and of course, the G-Force on 9th November!!! In the meantime, here are some brilliant pics from the Summer Series, thanks to Brian Geissel & Peter Brady!
The Summer Series is now in full swing- well done to all those who took part in round 1, we very much hope you enjoyed the first set of problems and that the newly textured volumes didn't make to much of a mess of your fingers : )
The winners from round 1 were as follows:
1st Sheila Nolan
2nd Claire Comiskey
3rd Sarah Campbell
1st Ciaran Scanlon
Joint 2nd: Kevin Marnane & David Fitzgerald
The winners of the cash problem draw were Sheila Nolan & Ed Cox
You can find the full results here. If you didn't manage to hand your card in yet, please do, we will still add your results to your overall league standing!
We're also very excited to announce details of an amazing prize, which is up for grabs for anyone who completes 5 out of the 6 'cash problems' over the course of the series. In each round, you'll notice that one of the problems is marked 'mens cash problem' and another is marked 'womens cash problem'. Anyone completing the cash problem in their category is automatically entered into a draw & in each round we're giving away €25 to the winners. For anyone who copletes 5 out of the 6 cash problems, we will enter you into a draw for a really special prize. We will be giving away....
2 flights from Dublin- Paris & a 30% off voucher for accomodation at the House !!!
So basically, we're giving you the chance to win a holiday in Font! which is a pretty amazing prize by any standards!
Good luck in Round 2 folks!
Round 1 Update!
The summer series is now underway & you'll be able to try the current set of problems up until 10pm Tuesday 24th June. Round 2 will start Thursday at 6pm. We will be compiling Round 1 results and drawing the winners of the cash problems and spot prizes Wednesday 25th- so please hand your scorecards in nice & punctually. Scorecard recieved after the Wednesday will still go into the overall league, but may miss out of the rest...
Please make sure you have got your 'Judges Initial' column completed, otherwise we won't accept your card.
We're delighted to announce details of our Basecamp Summer Series 2014!
Last year's series was great fun & excellent motivation to keep the training up over the summer months. This year, we're back with something bigger and better! Basecamp have got on board as event sponsor & together with Evolv, they will be providing prizes for each round as well as overall league prizes for the winners! On the prize front, you can also look forward to Mens & Womens 'cash problems' in every round, as well as an extra special draw for any climbers who completes 5 of the 6 cash problems!
So, basically, it sounds amazing and you just need to know how it works and how to enter, right?
The series will kick off on 19th June and the opening night will coincide with an Evolv shoe demo and 10% off Evolv shoes for the night!
You will then have almost 2 weeks to complete the 20 problems- right up till 10pm on Tuesday 1st July. We'll then re-set the wall and kick off round 2 on 3rd July and so on. To be in with a shot of a league prize you need to hand in a card for all six rounds, but there will also be rounds prizes for each round.
The scoring system is a simple;10 points for completing the problems first go, 7 for second go, 4 for third go and 2 for any go thereafter, and may we remind you (especially as the prizes are amazing!) that you must have your scorecard signed off by someone else who has seen you complete the problem!).
Entry costs €5/ round (€3 concessions) or €20 (€15) for the league, plus your normal admission to Gravity.
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