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Do you have any ideas for prizes for a bouldering competition? Trying to think of more unusual ideas...beyond t-shirts, crash pads and chalk buckets...

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Thanks!


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give em milk

1st-half gallon of chocolate
2nd-big chug of regular
3rd-carton of milk from grade school

thats what we did at our last comp and it was a blast. takes all of the pressure out of competing when you know that you're competing for milk.


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Long shot, but worth a try:

Contact the airlines, and see if any of them will donate a RT flight in the continental US to a hot spot for climbing... Vegas (Red Rocks,) El Paso (Hueco Tanks,) etc.


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Do you have any ideas for prizes for a bouldering competition? Trying to think of more unusual ideas...beyond t-shirts, crash pads and chalk buckets...

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Give them a rope. Maybe they'll take the hint.

-Jay


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Long shot, but worth a try:

Contact the airlines, and see if any of them will donate a RT flight in the continental US to a hot spot for climbing... Vegas (Red Rocks,) El Paso (Hueco Tanks,) etc.

Great, just great.....THe Airlines are already in the toilet and you want them to forego price gouging and bait and switch tactics to seem benevolent when they need to be getting the most they can for them butts in them seats....
(an uninterested non airline stock holder...)


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Chris Sharma action figures.


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give em a harness or better yet a whole indoor climbing


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Pizza. Can't lose with Pizza.


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Hangboard, Mad Rock finger thingies, shoes, digi camera, gym membership, trad climbing instruction, night with a good woman.


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Free passes, books, the new monopley climbing game, gift certifactes


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how about your virginity? oh wait, that'll only work for one comp...


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Gift certificates for a manicure/pedicure.

Or pie.


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Gift certificates win over anything.

A comp I participated in gave me a Large Harness as a prize. Oh. . .great, I'M A FREAKING SMALL!

Yea, so just do certs. Certs > *


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It's funny...all the comps I've been to have given such different prizes, depending on how good business was around the time of the comp. The best thing I've gotten has been a harness from a comp in Durango.
Though occasionally prizes have made no sense- I had a friend get first in intermediate, and won a pair of Moccasyms. I got second in advanced and what do I get? A kaleidoscope that seemed to be made out of a paper towel roll. Fun stuff.


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Well, Gail, since I think you're talking about a junior comp, maybe something that the kids would really be into....mp3 players (a bit expensive...) and music are good ideas....


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gift certificates to a place that sells a variety of gear (including clothing) is always nice. maybe some climbing vids. food always is good, too. gift certificates for cds, maybe...

one thing that is pretty cool is getting prizes from companies that normally lack distribution in your area, especially on items like shoes. i scored some saltics a while back that way and much prefered getting those instead of every other pair i can try on at the store down the street. just be sure and get a certificate and let them order the shoes themselves. i ended up with a kids size 6 or something tiny and had to ship them back for an exchange.

and pie. nothing trumps pie. a big fat slice of key lime, yummm.


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thanks for the ideas...


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Do you have any ideas for prizes for a bouldering competition? Trying to think of more unusual ideas...beyond t-shirts, crash pads and chalk buckets...

Any ideas?

Thanks!

Give them a rope. Maybe they'll take the hint.

-Jay


That would be a good idea, a rope, a set of draws maybe, something they can relate to the competition or the sport.


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some cool climbing book, guide book, bio, or history

that rock 'n road book, if it's still printed

? credits for a hostel in a nice climbing area?

rei or ems gift certificate?


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maybe give them a squid and extending pole to put it on


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I once won a 32oz bottle of Hoofmaker. What exactly does one do with a quart of hoofmaker? :shock:


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By the way this is the JUNIOR national bouldering championship...

Kids prizes...(generally does not include alchohol or sexas previously suggested!)


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3 cats for 1st, 2 cats for 2nd and a single for 3rd. They'll be off the street and you could record the phone calls from partents as post-comp entertainment.


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..cash is good. One thing I know means a lot...a cool trophy...not a left over baseball trophy that will be substituted for a climbing trophy, but something made just for boldering or climbing...along with cash!! :D

Good Luck with the comp, hope you get a great turnout. Hope to see you there with a big crew from DC.

Bob


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for juniors... climbing videos, music gift certificates


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3 cats for 1st, 2 cats for 2nd and a single for 3rd. They'll be off the street and you could record the phone calls from partents as post-comp entertainment.

Plus, you can tie cats off with webbing and use them for offwidth pro.

-Jay


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Quickdraws, firecrackers, and a dog from the local pound. OR tons of free RED Bull :D


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3 cats for 1st, 2 cats for 2nd and a single for 3rd. They'll be off the street and you could record the phone calls from partents as post-comp entertainment.

Plus, you can tie cats off with webbing and use them for offwidth pro.

-Jay

jt - do you feel it wise to suggest such a thing to boulderers? You assume they even know how to tie webbing much less use cat in a proper manner. Don't outsep your bounds in on rc.com or someone will get hurt!


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Gift certificates are the best idea. Also a case of athletic tape or chalk. 6 draws, cases of cliff bars. The kind of stuff people have to replenish, not crap they probably already have.

A friend of mine came in first and won a metolius hand strength thingy, they cost $16 retail, the entry fee was $20, he was rather pissed and never entered another comp at that gym. Make sure people have a reason to compete, besides showing off.

Gift certificates for the local record shop, support local music, and local climbing in one!


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Here's my two cents:

Make the prizes size-appropriate -- my 13-year-old son (who's not quite 5 feet tall) has won X-Large T-shirts, hoodies, jackets, and climbing pants. He'd love to win something made by one of the big climbing apparel companies that would fit him.

Make the prizes age-appropriate -- my son has won day passes to some climbing gyms but he can't use them until he's 16.

Make the prizes sport appropriate -- my son has also won ropes, quick-draws, locking biners, harnesses, etc. at BOULDERING comps. He's also won tons of climbing holds -- but we don't have a home wall.

Some of the cooler prizes I've seen: sleeping bags, tents, head-lamps, crashpads, sunglasses, watches, DVDs. I also like madriver's idea of climbing tropies (do they have such a thing?)

Cash would be great -- it doesn't have to be a lot to make kids happy. And those kids with sponsors get a cash-match when they win cash. Also, kids are into quantity -- throw in the clliff bars, chalk balls, hats, etc.


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3 cats for 1st, 2 cats for 2nd and a single for 3rd. They'll be off the street and you could record the phone calls from partents as post-comp entertainment.

Plus, you can tie cats off with webbing and use them for offwidth pro.

-Jay

jt - do you feel it wise to suggest such a thing to boulderers? You assume they even know how to tie webbing much less use cat in a proper manner. Don't outsep your bounds in on rc.com or someone will get hurt!

For christ's sake, please at least mention the ethical considerations of using spayed/neutered vs. reproductively viable cats, as climbers we must not forget the great cat wars of the 80's.

No less de-clawing them in sensitive areas where they could permanantly scar the rock. Remember, claws on cats are like teeth in cams, they don't actually change the holding characteristics, they are just for sense of mind... :roll:

If we climbers do not adhere to the strict ethics we have established as a community, than what is that community worth?


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Well give out free stickers during the comp, like they do at skateparks, something to stick on thier car windows. this will make them remember the comp and want to comp to the gym more often.

This is for larger comps

As for prizes for the winners:
1. A gift pack of stuff( membership ,shoes, rope, chalk, chalk bag, tape, etc.)
2. A smaller gift pack
3. w/e is left over


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Actually, the best prize I recieved from a comp was the hold I broke on a route. It was during the prelims (finished 3rd).

Yea. . .unintentional prizes rule.


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How about climbing holds. You could put together box sets of bouldering problems. Maybe it doesn't fit at a bouldering comp, but harnesses, cams and other gear would be appreciated if I were there.


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yea thats a great idea, i could use a some more holds


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if you want to make climbing trophies get plaques made w/ all the info (comp, place, date, etc) and have some space left over and screw climbing holds onto them
our local gym did this for a comp and they are pretty cool trophies, especially after getting generic plastic trophies w/ wierd angel looking ladies on them previously
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Emma


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for kids, a great prize is always a chalk bag full of cocaine. or since it's a bouldering comp, you could get one of those big chalk buckets.


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Do you have any ideas for prizes for a bouldering competition? Trying to think of more unusual ideas...beyond t-shirts, crash pads and chalk buckets...

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Give them a rope. Maybe they'll take the hint.

-Jay


That would be a good idea, a rope, a set of draws maybe, something they can relate to the competition or the sport.

Give the wankers a cam.


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i-pod mini


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Occasionally prizes have made no sense- I had a friend get first in intermediate, and won a pair of Moccasyms. I got second in advanced and what do I get? A kaleidoscope that seemed to be made out of a paper towel roll. Fun stuff.

You think that's bad? I have a friend who got first place in intermediate at a bouldering comp and he got a hat, tee shirt, and chalk. First place beginner got a crash pad. It may have been because he is 13 and it was an adult competition, but still, that sucks a lot.


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Most bouldering comps are definitely not a strict competition environment. Since you can choose your own category, I've seen people go in beginner and win easily just to get the prizes. In some comps, I've been frustrated because of not knowing which category I should be in, since I often have little chance of winning intermediate, and a pretty good chance of winning beginner. If I was to win in beginner, I would feel guilty, and thus I have a problem.

Seeing how there are often very uncontrolled, non-specific category directions, prizes shouldn't really matter that much. Because of the potentially corrupt environment, problems should be expected with prizes...

whatever, maybe I'll go in beginner next time (crash pad, here I come...)


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In some comps, I've been frustrated because of not knowing which category I should be in, since I often have little chance of winning intermediate, and a pretty good chance of winning beginner. If I was to win in beginner, I would feel guilty, and thus I have a problem.


our gym (boulder rock club--www.brc.com) tackled that problem nicely. i was worried about it too for my first comp, and they said that basically you determined your own class. each problem was worth so many points. you get al the points for a problem you complete, and if you fall off, you get dinged 10 points. (beginner problems started at like 500 points i think) so, if you do three problems in the class above you, or one problem in the class two classes above you, then you advance a class.
for example, i thought i was a beginner, and registered as such. then i completed 4 of the intermediate problems, so was moved up to intermediate. if i had done one of the advanced problems, i woulda moved up tot he advanced class.
that way, you don't have really good boulderers downplaying their skills to win their class. if they do too well, then they move on automatically, where they are competing with people closer to their ability.


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One of the things I've tried to get as prizes for the comps I've hosted before is crash pads and plane tickets for the top two prizes. Only thing is if you manage to get them donated don't let anybody find out about it, just spring it on them at the awards ceremony. It wont help your turn out for this year but the next year your beginners category will be huge and people will work out even harder for the next years comp


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Give 'em a set of russian aiders. Everyone wants russian aiders.

Get 'em on eBay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/FISH-Russain-Aiders-Aid-Trees_W0QQitemZ7219348053QQcategoryZ50814QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Steve

P.S. In all seriousness... if this is nationals, does that mean that it's going to be sponsored kids? If they can get sponsorships, then I'd suggest giving them things that they can't get from their sponsors... things like Ipods, or gift certs for music are definitely good suggestions. If not, then I can tell you... every time I've won a pair of shoes in a competition, I've been really glad.


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Why don't you try offering a little vagisil. Go out and climb something really scary.


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I liked the ideas od the Hangboard, Mad Rock finger thingies, shoes, trad climbing instruction

But i'm just turned 18 and now I would love to win like a gym membership or a year pass to state or national parks. Shoes would be awesome, like if I could pick my size.

But again if these are sponsered kids they would probably rather have something like an iPod. otherwise a lot of little things would get kids excited. like all of the following. chalkbags/balls, hangboards, backpacks.

actually I think any camping gear would be awesome. lie a new mummy bag or a tent or a bunch of nalgenes or a platypus (or some hydration system).


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I've read through alot of the ideas. What about a chalk bag and chalk. Kids always go for simple things like that.
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Anyone who competes in the CA Bay Area's probably seen the system that touchstone, INC. has down.. they do it in 1 of two ways..

1: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place finishers from each division get some REALLY good items: Stone-Age hang boards, Ropes, 10 passes.. things in the $100+ range

and then what they do is raffle off a whole bunch of other gear.. it keeps everyone coming back to every comp..

2: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers don't get anything fancy except their names called out over the PA.. and then they raffle off a whole spectrum of stuff from mountain hardware shells and jackets, ropes, harnesses, backpacks.. all the way down to chalk bags and REI socks..

and then to ice the cake they throw out about $300 worth of white gold into the crowd. (or, they'll hand it out at registration for free)

If anyone wants to experience it first hand, come to the TBS Competition at Berkeley Ironworks, March 17th. The show starts around 7pm and lasts until 11pm or so. It's free for members, and $10 for non-members.


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beer!

If there under 21, tough shit!


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ooh, i just had another idea

you could give the winners a year or two of Climbing Magazine.

or a year or two more if they already have a subscription. maybe.


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All prizes should include a free entry into the next comp.

3rd place prize: Give him a Bible. Who could say no to Jesus?

2nd place price: Let the kid pick one boulder and take it home with him.

1st place prize: Get a big cardboard box (like 3' by 3' by 3'). When him looks to see whats in it...PUNCH HIM IN THE FACE! That'll teach the little wanker for entering in a division too easy for him.


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lol.. gotta love 2 year bumps..

metro comp this weekend had cash for the pro finals.. which the ABS and mammut comp folks almost always do since they are generally all sponsored and have shoes and pads up the wazoo already..

regular divisions had crashpads and small things for 1st. shoes and small things for 2nd.. and a few small things for 3rd i think

they threw out alot of chalk.. tshirts.. hats.. etc..


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you still cant beat milk!!!

1st : 1 gallon
2nd : 1/2 gallon
3rd : 1/4 pint!

people still go crazy over milk(sept those who'r lactose intolerant! haha)


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