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Jul 20, 2010, 8:09 AM
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Hi Everyone,

I could use your help. I'm a volunteer for The American Foundation for Children with AIDS, which has a set climbing-related fundraising events (Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up). As a charity volunteer, I'm only moderately familiar with rock climbing as a whole.

I've been invited to an upcoming outdoor industry event where I have 1/2 hour to make a presentation and use an indoor rock wall (if desired). The event is busy and traditional presentations haven't worked in the past, so we're going with a quick mini comp for 3-5 show attendees with the simple goal of generating awareness.

I was thinking that possible components of the comp could include: Climbing Skills, Climbing Trivia and Climbing Speed (climb the same route on the wall). Climbing Trivia and a Speed Climb is pretty standard, but:

Are there any climbing skills that can be tested fairly quickly & easily? If so, I'd appreciate your advice.

Thanks in advance for your help

Bill


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Jul 20, 2010, 9:27 AM
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You might have more luck with a traditional climbing competition format where you see who can climb the hardest route. I imagine the wall you have access to will be a short bouldering wall. Speed climbing on that wouldn't be terribly interesting to watch. More details about the event would probably help.


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Is this the Outdoor Retailer show? If so, you should contact vegastradguy. He will be there and may be able to help you out.


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John,

Thanks for your feedback; I'm sure that you're right about the bouldering wall.

The event is an outdoor retailers convention, so it is not exclusive to climbers. Past events suggest that it would be a miracle to grab the attention of busy event attendees, but I need to try.

Normally, I'd agree that a traditional climbing comp may be more interesting, but I only have 1/2 hour; so I think short & fast tests of skill & knowledge may be our best shot.

The big questions are:

  • Are there any short & fast tests of climbing skill and knowledge?

  • If so, what are they?



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Thinking about it some more, the perfect thing for you might be a dyno competition. That is probably the most likely thing to draw non climber attention as well as being quick. I don't think climbing trivia would be terribly interesting to watch.


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Thanks Shoo,

I will definitely do that.

Bill


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