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Feb 242015
 

The Portland Pulldown is coming up in just a couple weeks, here’s everything you need to know to crush at the competition, have some fun, and help out a PG Staff Member, and good friend of our climbing community.

A few weeks ago, our good friend and front desk staffer, Dan, was hit by a car bike commuting. Dan underwent emergency surgery that night, and has surmounted a large amount of medical bills. Dan is a known climber in our tight-knit climbing community, and we’re looking to help Dan out with some of his bills. We will be asking for a suggested $5 cash donation to help Dan get back in his harness, and show him how supportive our community is!

While The Portland Pulldown is a competition, it is really our way of getting the climbing community together to have some fun, help out a friend and of course, crush some routes. The Pulldown is open to climbers of all ages and abilities, and categories are as follows (both men and women):

Recreational: up to 5.10b
Advanced: 5.10c-5.11c
Open (lead): 5.11d and higher
Youth (top rope only): all youth 15 years and under.

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Onsight Series Finals:

The top 3 scorers will be invited to duke it out in our Onsight Series Final! Watch the top scorers battle it out for their chunk of the Cash Purse! The routes will be left up, so you’ll have the chance to try the onsight routes as well!

1st Place: $100

2nd Place: $75

3rd Place: $50

Raffle Prizes, Snacks, Shoe Demo, T-Shirts and BEER!

All competitors will be given raffle tickets for their chance to win some prizes from some of our local sponsors. Prana, Arc’teryx, Mountain Shop, Next Adventure, NWAlpine, CiloGear, MadeHere and more have donated prizes for the raffle. Happy Mountain Kombucha, Viso, TrailButter, Skout Trail Bars and more will be here to support the cause and of course we’ll have pizza!

Here are some of the Rules you’ll need to know before you compete:

-Top three scores must be from 3 different routes.
-Box must be controlled (held for 2 seconds with controlled movement) to count.
-Category is chosen based on your hardest climb.
-No sandbagging categories.
-Sandbaggers will be bumped at PG’s discretion.
-If competitor completes one route outside of their category, competitor will be bumped to the higher category.
-Recreational and Advanced are top rope only.
-Routes marked Lead only can only be lead climbed.
-Total score ties within a category will be broken by the competitor’s highest scoring route.
-If competitor does not finish 3 routes, their total score will be the sum of their completed routes.
-3 attempts per route, must complete two routes to turn in a score card for shirt and a raffle ticket!
-Have fun!

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Aug 152014
 
6th Annual Bloc Party is back!

Correction: the wrong dates were posted last week! Bloc Party is FRIDAY, August 22nd at PG Sunnyvale. See you then! Mark your calendars – Bloc Party is back! The series begins on Friday, August 22nd with registration opening at 4pm! If you haven’t joined us for our annual community bouldering competition in the past, you’re Read more…