4th Annual Coopers Rock Climb-a-thon
Sunday, June 28th 2015
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(Rain Date: TBD)
$25 registration fee
(same day registration $100, if space is available)
Additional fundraising strongly encouraged!
Click the link below to register for the event and to set up your online fundraiser!
What is a ‘Climb-a-thon’?
· A climb-a-thon is a fun way to raise money for a good cause. Like a walk-a-thon, sponsors donate money to individual participants. It's also a fun competition. In this case, it’s based on the vertical feet of climbing that you do during the event. To bring difficulty into the equation, harder climbs are worth more “calculated distance” than easier climbs. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers and top climbers. There will also be a prize drawing at the event.
This event supports adaptive recreation, are people with disabilities able to participate?
· Yes! We'll do our best to accommodate everyone. Please call us to discuss your individual situation and we'll do our best to find a way to make it work for you! Prizes will be awarded to the top climbers in various adaptive categories.
What organizations will benefit from my donations?
· The beneficiaries of this year’s event are Paradox Sports and the Coopers Rock Foundation.
Paradox Sports (paradoxsports.org) Paradox Sports provides inspiration, opportunities and adaptive equipment to the disabled community, empowering their pursuit of a life of excellence through human-powered outdoor sports.
The Coopers Rock Foundation (www.coopersrock.org) promotes preservation and recreation in Coopers Rock State Forest and nearby Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area.
Must I be an experienced climber to participate in this event?
· No, this event is suitable for anyone of moderate fitness. Feel free to call for more information about the physical requirements of the climbing.
How do I register to participate in this event?
· All participants must complete a CRCG registration packet, which includes a medical form and waiver. Minors' forms must be signed by a parent or legal (court appointed) guardian. You can print the forms to complete and bring with you or complete them the morning of the event.
How do I collect donations?
· Click the link above to register for the event and set up your personal online fundraiser! Post the link to your fundraiser on social media, or email it to your friends and family. Your name will be entered into the prize drawing when you register for the event, and again for each additonal $50 you raise in donations.
· All other sponsor donations must be submitted on the day of the event, during the registration process, either as cash or a check made out to Paradox Sports. The climber collecting the most money wins a prize!
How is my distance climbed calculated?
· Each climb is measured, and its height and difficulty are indicated on the score sheet that you’ll carry with you on the day of the event.
· Harder climbs contribute more to your ‘calculated distance’ than easier ones and are taken into consideration using the chart below (don’t worry, we’ll do the math for you!). The climbers with the highest calculated distance win the top climber prizes!
Beginner (5.6 and below)
100 feet of climbing X 1=
100 ‘calculated feet’
100 feet of climbing X 1.5=
250 ‘calculated feet’
100 feet of climbing X 2=
500 ‘calculated feet’
Expert (5.11 and above)
100 feet of climbing X 2.5=
750 ‘calculated feet’
What should I bring with me on the day of the event?
· Weather appropriate clothing that allows for freedom of movement.
· Closed toed shoes for hiking the short rocky trails to the climbing sites. Please no sandals, flip flops, etc.
· Water bottle
· Daypack for carrying food, drinks, camera, climbing equipment, etc. from site to site.
· Climbing shoes, harnesses and helmets are provided for those that need them. All other technical equipment is provided (ropes, anchors, etc.).
· Personal climbing gear may be used by participants, but event coordinators reserve the right to inspect personal equipment and potentially require the use of the equipment provided at the event. Harnesses and helmets must be in good condition and CEN/UIAA approved.
Event Day Schedule
9:00-10 a.m. Belay testing (for experience belayers only)
9:30-10:30 a.m. Participants Register at Pavilion #1
10:30-11 a.m. Briefing/Safety Talk
11 a.m. New Climbers- Demonstration/Additional Information
Experienced Climbers- Climbing begins!
2 p.m. Climbing Ends
-Submit score sheet in Pavilion #1
2:30 p.m. Prize drawing!
3 p.m. Awarding of BIG prizes: Top Climber and Fundraiser winners
-Awarding of Prizes
-Post Event Information
What else do I need to know?
· The minimum age for this event is 6 years old.
· All participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
· Only approved staff members working at the event or CRCG belay certified individuals are permitted to belay (i.e. manage the safety ropes). Participants wishing to become belay certified must arrive at 9:30 a.m. for a belay test.
From Route 68, take the Coopers Rock Exit. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp if you were headed east on Route 68 (turn left if you were headed west). Follow this road approximately 3 miles to the large parking lots in the overlook/concession stand area. Pavilion #1 is on your left.