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2015 National Bouldering Series Championships

On behalf of the SANCF, Western Cape Climbing welcomes all other provinces to the annual SANCF National Bouldering Series Championships.

South African National Boulder Series Championships


The 2015 National Boulder Series Championships



For the second time, the Western Cape is host to the biggest indoor bouldering competition in South Africa: the 2015 National Boulder Series Championships.


With the incredible buy-in and support of South Africa’s largest Indoor Climbing Gym, namely CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym in Observatory, Cape Town, the stage was set to witness 73 competitors from across the country take part in this year’s National Boulder Event.


Each province was allowed up to 5 competitors per each of the 12 categories. The format of the event included semi-final rounds on the Saturday 11th April 2015 and the final rounds on Sunday 12th April 2015.


While in isolation on the Saturday and Sunday, climbers could be found lounging around in the cool breeze coming in through into the isolation area, fondly known as Area 51 by the local CityROCK clients.


After the first day, Alex’s Catering delivered a scrumptious meal of canapes and finger-foods for the weary competitors and spectators as well as the hard-working routesetters.


Hats off to the phenomenal routesetting that occurred before and during the event. Chief Routesetter, Maciej Fijalkowski, and his team of 6 routesetters spent the entire week leading up to the event setting routes and stripping the walls of the gym. It was incredible to see how much work, deliberation and basic hard labour goes into the setting and stripping of routes.


Each boulder problem that was climbed was allocated one Judge and one Scorer. These two people were responsible for accurately capturing which climber got the most top and bonus holds in the 5 and 4 minutes for semi-final and final boulder problems respectively. The scoresheets were taken to the two Scores Auditors and the Chief Scorer to be entered into a Scoring Spreadsheet which would calculate and ultimately rank the climbers after each climb. The Jury President had the final say before the results were published.


The competition ran very smoothly and efficiently and any queries or issues that arose throughout the event were dealt with timeously and fairly, ensuring a successful, streamlined and entertaining competition for all involved. The running of the event was largely and almost exclusively due to the officials, namely:


  • Patrick Black (Jury President)
  • Maciej Fijalkowski (Chief Routesetter)
  • Paul Bruyer (Assistant Jury President)
  • Chris Naudé (Chief Scorer)
  • Delaney Carpenter (Organiser)
  • CityROCK Staff (Venue Hosts)
  • Harold Amaler (Scores Analyst)
  • Tracy Bell (Scores Analyst)
  • Julian Lapin (WCC Judge)
  • Dante Roumega (Judge)
  • Candice Lloyd (Judge)
  • Sandy Black (Judge)
  • Linith von Ahlefeldt (Judge)
  • Katinga de Mey (Judge)
  • David Gerber (Judge)
  • Peter Costopoulos (Judge)
  • Chris Naudé (Scorer)
  • Nick Penny (Scorer)
  • Tracy Bell (Scorer)
  • Harold Amaler (Scorer)
  • Ross Suter (Scorer)
  • Kim Hochreiter (Scorer)
  • Rachelle de Charmoy (Scorer)
  • Matthew van der Westhuizen (Judge)
  • Jason Siebert (Scorer)
  • Warrick Black (Scorer Finals)
  • Anesh Magan (Spotter)
  • David Gerber (Routesetter and Stripper)
  • Nick Telford (Routesetter and Stripper)
  • Ricky Traviss (Routesetter and Stripper)
  • Jean-Luc Joubert (Routesetter and Stripper)
  • Robbie Fraser (Routesetter and Stripper)
  • Peter Costopoulos (Routesetter and Stripper)
  • Ricky Traviss (Time-Keeper)
  • Jean-Luc Joubert (Time-Keeper)
  • Geoff Meyer (Photographer)
  • Harold Amaler and Jenny Adams (Medical Services)
  • Red Earth for the First Floating Trophy for the National Boulder Series Championships!
  • And an enormous thanks to our Master of Ceremonies, Greg Borman!
  • Special thanks to Tamryn, Tarryn, Candice, Dominic and Lee from CityROCK for everything they did to assist us – and they did a lot!


The winners of the competition are as follows:


Spot Prizes:

  • Most attempts on a single problem: Jack Vermaak (WCC)
  • Longest lasting attempt: Jacinth “Finchie” Lapin (WCC)
  • Up a Problem Backwards: Monique Smit (WCC)


Raffle Prizes:

  • Alex Bergesen (GC)
  • Rachel Sealy-Fisher (GC)


U13 Girls                                                              Gold:     Alyssa Meyer (WCC)

Silver:    Jacinth “Finchie” Lapin (WCC)

Bronze: Kristeen Slabbert (GC)

U13 Boys                                                             Gold:     Alistair Stubbs (GC)

Silver:    Tom van Sittert (WCC)

Bronze: Christopher Wallace (KZN)

U15 Girls                                                              Gold:     Angela Eckhardt (GC)

Silver:    Camilla Cibulka (GC)

Bronze: India Kragolsen-Cryer (GC)

U15 Boys                                                             Gold:     David Naudé (WCC)

Silver:    Joshua Greaves (GC)

Bronze:                Alex Bergesen (GC)

U17 Girls                                                              Gold:     Mikela Sinovich (WCC)

Silver:    Kerry-Anne Stackpoole (KZN)

Bronze: Holly De Lange (KZN)

U17 Boys                                                             Gold:     Jake Amaler (WCC)

Silver:    Katleho Pobe (GC)

Bronze: Nicholas Meinel (GC)

U19 Girls                                                              Gold:     Nadene van Rensburg (KZN)

Silver:    Annabelle Slabber (KZN)

Bronze: Rachel Sealy-Fisher (GC)

U19 Boys                                                             Gold:     Sheldon Smith (WCC)

Silver:    Thomas Slabbert (GC)

Bronze: Oliver Strange (GC)

Ladies Open                                                       Gold:     Julia Chen (WCC)

Silver:    Jeanne Bouyeat (GC/Foreigner)

Bronze:                Kirsten Roberts (GC)

Mens Open                                                        Gold:     Adam Ludford (WCC)

Silver:    Benj de Charmoy (WCC)

Bronze: Rowan Toselli (WCC)


Winning Province ***                                    Western Cape Climbing


***The Winning Province was calculated this year by calculating the scores of the Top 5 competitors in each category as follows:

1st Place = 5 points

2nd Place = 4 points

3rd Place = 3 points

4th Place = 2 points

5th Place = 1 point






























Parents and Climbers

All the Officials of the Competition

South African National Climbing Federation

Provincial Bodies: KZN Climbing, Gauteng Climbing, North West Climbing and Western Cape Climbing

CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym

Red Earth




Adventure, Inc. and associated brand Buff

Mountain Mail Order and associated brands Mammut, Evolv and Five Ten

Eiger Equipment and associated brand Petzl

Red Bull




Climb ZA




Alex’s Catering

TShirt and Garment

Brandline Africa


The Badgeman



A huge thank you must be given to all our sponsors, particularly those who contributed the most. These events are very expensive for all concerned and without the sponsors, the calibre of these National Competitions will be low. Western Cape Climbing has been very fortunate this year to have had such immeasurable support from our sponsors. Much appreciation is given and we cannot thank you all enough for your contributions.




Information booklet


2015 South African National Boulder Series Championships






Official Host


Official Venue


Semi-Finals – Saturday 11th April 2015

Finals – Sunday 12th April 2015


Hosted by: Western Cape Climbing


Visit and

For information, rules, opportunities and results




  1. Introduction. 5
  2. Acknowledgement of Sponsors. 6
  3. Date of Nationals. 6
  4. Venue. 6
  5. Refreshments. 6
  6. Prize Giving. 7
  7. Pre-Competition Meetings. 7
  8. Pre-Competition Registration. 7
  9. No of Entrants and Age Groups. 7
  10. Structure of Event. 8
  11. Abridged Timetable. 9
  12. Designated Officials. 11
  13. Warm-Ups. 11
  14. Personal Equipment. 12
  15. Technical incidents. 12
  16. Appeals process. 12
  17. Videoing. 12
  18. Anti-Doping. 12
  19. Medical 13
  20. Accommodation. 13
  21. Fee and Payment. 13
  22. Contact details. 14
  23. Attachments. 15




1. Introduction

On behalf of the SANCF, Western Cape Climbing welcomes all other provinces to the annual SANCF National Boulder Series Championships. This is the second National Bouldering Competition held in the Western Cape. We, along with the SANCF, hope to bring continual improvements to competition Sport climbing in South Africa and indeed to give climbing opportunities in the hope that our athletes can compete internationally.


This National Competition will be run in accordance with the IFSC Competition Rules (minor local rule amendments might apply) and adhere to SASCOC’s strict code of conduct.


Important Notes

  1. Punctuality

Please bear in mind that the competition will run strictly according to a timetable, therefore kindly allow enough time for travel delays.


  1. Access to CityROCK

No climbers competing in the National Bouldering Series Championships will be allowed access to CityROCK from 6th April until the start of the competition.


  1. Rules

Please note that it is the responsibility of each climber to memorize and understand the international bouldering competition rules. Failure to abide by the rules could result in disqualification. An abridged copy of the bouldering competition rules is attached to this document and is also available at: Abridged copies of the rules will be posted at the competition venue at prominent points.


  1. Volunteers

Anyone interested in assisting as an official at the competition, as either judges, stewards, etc., please contact if you would like to help, giving your details, experience and area of assistance. If your child is competing kindly give name and age category.


  1. Sponsorship

We already have a number of sponsors for the competition but we can always do with more so if anyone has any contact details or suggestions for sponsors, kindly forward this information on to


  1. F. Provincial Team Managers Responsibility


Item Due date:

  • Finalize final team list of who is competing and let us know the names and numbers by 3rd April 2015
  • Pay the registration fees prior to 3rd April 2015


2. Acknowledgement of Sponsors


We are incredibly grateful to CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym for hosting the 2015 National Boulder Series Championships.


Western Cape Climbing would also like to thank the following sponsors:


BUFF¬ logo for Sports line CMYK

CityRock Gear shop logo

Petzl Logo NewClimb ZA

Red Bull

  • Adventure, Inc. and Buff
  • CityROCK Gear Shop and brands Five Ten, Mammut and Evolv
  • Eiger Equipment and Petzl Brands
  • Red Bull
  • Climb ZA
  • Cutloose


Western Cape Climbing would like to thank the following Media Outlets for publicity of the Competition:


  • Expresso
  • SA Mountain Magazine
  • Climb ZA


3. Date of Nationals


The 2015 National Boulder Series Championships, Youth and Open Finals will be held over the following two days:


  • Youth and Open National Boulder Series Championships Semi-Final Rounds on Saturday 11th April 2015.
  • Youth and Open National Boulder Series Championships Finals

on            Sunday 12th April 2015.


4. Venue


Both Youth and Open National Boulder Series Championships Qualifying and Finals will be held at:

CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym

The address is: Corner of Collingwood and Anson Streets, Observatory, Cape Town. For more information, please visit their website Refer to the map below or use the following link in Google Maps – City Rock link in Google Maps.


5. Refreshments


No refreshments will be on sale but the Spar and a number of restaurants and takeaways are just up the road from the Venue.


6. Prize Giving


Prize Giving for the National Boulder Series Championships, Youth and Open will take place on Sunday 11th April directly after the Open finals at approximately 05:00pm to 06:00pm at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym.

7. Pre-Competition Meetings


Technical Meeting

Friday 10th April from 5:00pm until 6:00pm at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym.


Judges Workshop

Friday 10th April from 6:00pm to 8.00pm at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym.


8. Pre-Competition Registration


Registration: Opens Tuesday 17th February 2015 and Closes Friday 3rd April 2015

Any registrations received after the 3rd April 2015 will not be allowed to compete.


Provinces are requested to please send names and the category under which each will be participating to by 3rd April 2015.

9. No of Entrants and Age Groups


Maximum of 5 entries per age category (see below), from each province.


The categories are as follows:

  • Open Men & Ladies –           Born in the year of or before the year 1999
  • U19 Boys & Girls –           Born in the years 1996 or 1997
  • U17 Boys & Girls –           Born in the years1998 or 1999
  • U15 Boys & Girls –           Born in the years 2000 or 2001
  • U13 Boys & Girls –           Born in and after 2002

        Note 1: Opens

As per IFSC rules, U16’s and U19’s may compete in the Open category under the following circumstances:

·         That the competitor is at least turning 16 years of age in the year of the competition.

·         The competitor must climb in the age group in which they want to be eligible for international events selection e.g. he/she must also climb in U16’s if that is the age group they are attempting to qualify for selection in.

·         That an U16 (ie turning 16 or older in calendar year 2015) or U19 competitor wishing to compete in Opens shall specifically notify the event organizer prior to the competition. The event organizer shall acknowledge receipt of this.

·         That the competitor is required to enter and pay for both categories.


Note 2: Foreign participants

  • A foreign person who is living in South Africa and does not hold a South African passport, may compete in the nationals.
  • The foreign climber does not form part of a provincial team
  • The foreign climber should make separate application to compete in the nationals to the SANCF secretary at: along with proof of the climbers competition climbing ability. If warranted the SANCF will then issue an invitation to the climber.
  • The foreign person wishing to compete in the nationals should pay the competition and SANCF membership fee
  • Regardless of whether the foreign born person hold a South African passport they are eligible for a podium position
  • Where a foreign born person has a South African passport (i.e. a person with dual citizenship) they will be eligible to represent South Africa and earn SANCF colours and Protea colours in accordance with SASCOC criteria. In this instance they will form part of a provincial team.

Note 3: International qualification

  • The top six (6) South African climbing athletes may be considered eligible to compete for South Africa as an SANCF member at the IFSC World Cup Competitions. The SANCF, through its Selection Committee, reserves the right to reduce this number in accordance with the international standard of the competing athletes and other extenuating circumstances.
  • Only International IFSC sanctioned World Championships or World Games etc. will qualify the athletes to become eligible to represent the SANCF and South Africa as a Protea athlete and this is subject to both the SANCF and the athlete meeting SASCOC standards and criteria.

10. Structure of Event




The competition will consist of a semi-final round of 4 problems and a final round of 4 problems. All climbers compete in the Semi-Final and the top ranked eight from the Semi-Final will compete in the final round.

A 2 minute viewing per boulder for Semi-Finals will be held before the start of each round and a 5 minute viewing per boulder for the Final will be held before the start of each round.

Climbers may not ask about beta. Climbers may only touch the marked starting holds during this time. No other holds may be touched and feet may not leave the ground.

Scores for rankings are calculated according to, and in order of:

  • the number of Tops awarded;,
  • the fewest attempts toat top;
  • the number of bonus points awarded; and,
  • the fewest attempts at reaching the bonus hold.

No score shall be awarded for a “touched” hold.

If any competitors are tied, then the ranking of these competitors from the previous round will be used to break the tie (“countback”).

For the purpose of determining qualification for the Final round, if any competitors are tied following the ranking and countback process described above, the tied climbers will be put through, e.g. climbers ranked equally at 8th will be allowed to compete in the Semi-Final.

To complete a route the climber must comfortably hold the final hold of the route with both hands for 3 seconds or until the judge acknowledges.

A touch of the hold or a mat foot dab (however slight) constitutes a try.

The starting, bonus and finishing holds shall be clearly marked.

The start and end times will be announced by the blow of a whistle by the Time Keeper.

The time remaining will be announced by the Time Keeper.

Isolation rules shall apply to all rounds of Boulder competitions.


Finals Round


  • The highest ranked 8 climbers from each category after the semi-final will compete in the Final Round.
  • Any climbers ranked equally at 8th will be allowed to compete in the semi-final following the above procedure of countbacks.
  • The starting order will be in the reverse order of the ranking achieved, i.e. the highest ranked competitor shall climb last.
  • The final will consist of 4 boulders with 4 minutes to complete each boulder.
  • If any 1st placed finals competitors remain tied following the above countback process (the ranking of the previous round shall be used to break the tie), then a “Tie Break” boulder will be held. If the tie relates to any other competitors, the relevant competitors will be given an equal ranking



11. Abridged Timetable

These times are subject to change and a revised timetable may be published after the registration cutoff when competitor numbers are known.


Action                                                                        Time

Saturday 11th April 2015

  • Registration                                                  07:30am to 08:30am   (1hr)
  • Introduction & briefing                                  08:30am to 08:55am   (25mins)
  • Semi-Final (Group A):                                  09:00am to 11:00pm   (2hrs)
  • Semi-Final (Group B):                                  11:15am to 01:15pm   (2hrs)
  • Lunch                                                            01:15pm to 01:55pm   (40mins)
  • Semi-Final (Group C):                                  02:00pm to 03:30pm   (1.5hrs)
  • Semi-Final (Group D):                                  03:45pm to 05:15pm   (1.5hrs)
  • Announcement of Semi-Finalists                  05:30pm
  • Evening Event (TBC)                                    05:30pm to 8:30pm



Sunday 12th April 2015

  • Check-in and Number Allocation                 08:00am to 08:30am
  • Briefing                                                         08:30am to 08:45am   (15mins)
  • Final Round (Group A):                                09:00am to 10:30am   (1.5hr)
  • Final Round (Group B):                                10:45am to 12:15pm   (1.5hr)
  • Lunch                                                            12:15pm to 12:55pm   (40mins)
  • Final Round (Group C):                                01:00pm to 02:30pm   (1.5hr)
  • Final Round (Group D):                                02:45pm to 04:15pm   (1.5hr)
  • Prize giving                                                   05:00pm to 06:30pm

The above times are approximate and competitors should always arrive early.


Group A: U13 Girls, U15 Girls and U17 Girls

Group B: U13 Boys and U15 Boys

Group C: U19 Girls and Open Ladies

Group D: U17 Boys, U19 Boys and Open Mens

12. Designated Officials




Where a designated official’s related party (e.g. son/daughter) is competing on a boulder and that official is judging, scoring or is in any way involved in officiating on that boulder or where there could be a conflict of interest between an official and their related party, it is the responsibility of that official to recuse or remove themselves. Failure of the official to do so could place the results of the related party competitor at risk.



The following officials have been appointed for this competition:


  • Jury President – Patrick Black

The Jury President has overall authority within the competition area and this authority extends to all aspects of the running of the competition. Although the Jury President does not normally have a judging role, he may at any time involve himself where necessary. He, in consultation with the Chief Routesetter, shall have final authority on safety. The Jury President will be assisted by a committee of independent persons familiar with competition climbing to assist on matters of discipline, technical incidents and appeals. This committee shall comprise the Jury President, the Chief Routesetter, the Chief Scorer and two Judges and will be formed at the Technical Meeting on Friday 10th April 2015. On all matters the Jury President has the final authority.


  • Chief Route-Setter – Paul Bruyere

The Chief Routesetter consults with the team of routesetters appointed by the organiser and is responsible for planning, organising, maintenance and the technical standard of the competition climbing boulders. This also includes installation of holds, protection points and other climbing or safety equipment and boulder sketches/photographs. The Chief Routesetter advises the Jury President and is a member of the Jury President’s committee.


  • Chief Scorer – Chris Naudé

The Chief Scorer is responsible for correctly scoring the event according to IFSC rules including the use of appropriate software and the timely production of results. The Chief Scorer will be responsible for training and educating individual boulder scorers. The Chief Scorer is a member of the Jury President’s committee.


  • Organiser – Delaney Carpenter

The competition organizer is responsible for safety in the competition area and in relation to all activities connected to the general running of the competition.


13. Warm-Ups


Warm-up walls and equipment will be available in the Isolation Area at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym.

14. Personal Equipment


Each competitor shall wear the appropriate shoes and chalk-bag for the event and make use of climbing chalk only.


No cell phones or audio equipment are allowed during observation, isolation and climbing.


15. Technical incidents


It is the competitors’ responsibility to be familiar with the definitions of technical incidents should they be in a position to call for one.


16. Appeals process


An appeal concerning a competitor’s attempt must be made within 5 minutes of the publication of the official results, in writing, on an appeal form available from the event organiser, along with a fee of R100.


The Jury President shall resolve the appeal without delay with the assistance of his committee.


A decision by the Jury President shall be final.


17. Videoing


All Semi-Final and Finals boulders will be videoed if possible.


18. Anti-Doping


The SANCF is affiliated to both the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing), SASCOC (South African Sports Council and Olympic Committee) and the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) in terms of which the SANCF has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.


The code applies to all competitions held under the auspices of the SANCF and all competitors, coaches, trainers and officials have deemed to have agreed to comply with the code and are fully aware of the list of prohibited substances and medication and confirm they have not taken any of these substances. A list of banned substances may be downloaded from or kindly visit the WADA website at


Doping violations will be dealt in accordance with the IFSC Anti-Doping policy and Procedure.



19. Medical


Qualified Medical staff will be available on both days of the competition.


20. Accommodation


Accommodation may be arranged at your own convenience.

We’d like to recommend the following Accommodation Establishments:


21. Fee and Payment


  • 00 competition fee per competitor. The competitor must be an SANCF Member
  • An SANCF membership number must be presented alongside the competitor’s name when sending your competitor lists through to Western Cape Climbing.
  • Proof of Payment of the SANCF membership fee (R150.00) paid into the SANCF Bank Account must be sent through with the registration forms.
  • An SANCF membership card must be presented at the registration on the day for identification purposes.


Non-SANCF Members will not be permitted to compete at the National Boulder Series Championships.


  • The above competition fee includes medals, trophies, medical staff, venue hire as well as the costs associated with the organization of the competition. A full expense report will be submitted to the SANCF after the competition.
  • All payments are to be made via EFT into the Western Cape Climbing Bank Account below before 3rd April 2015.


Western Cape Climbing

First National Bank

Branch: Cavendish

Branch Number: 204209

Account Number: 62380592652

Account Type: Cheque Account

Please give your full name as a reference on the deposit slip or EFT

Kindly email the proof of payment to


A voluntary donation of R50 or more for CAC (Climbers Against Cancer) can be included in your registration fee into the above bank account. This money will be allocated to the CAC fund and the total raised at the competition will be announced at the Prize Giving Event on Sunday 12th April 2015.


22. Contact details


Delaney Carpenter – WCC President

083 355 9933


Chris Naudé – WCC Vice-President

083 675 1558


Julia Chen – WCC Secretary

072 310 4889


















23. Attachments

  1. Abridged Competition Rules


  1. Please refer to the attached Appendix of the 2015 National Boulder Series Championship Rules.



B.  Directions

Map to CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym



LEGAL DISCLAIMER: All climbing related activities are extremely dangerous and always completely at your own risk. The organizers, SANCF, the sponsors and venue owners accept no responsibility for any losses, injury or death. All participating climbers, helpers, organizers and spectators take full responsibility for themselves. There is no substitute for experience, training, common sense and a touch of caution. So you are on your own…take care!


















C.  Outdoor Climbing in the Western Cape


Should any of the competitors wish to enjoy some outdoor climbing in the Cape, please contact and we will organize it.


We have the following areas available for climbing:


  • Silvermine Nature Reserve (Sport)
  • The Hole (Sport)
  • The Mine (Sport)
  • Kalk Bay (Sport)
  • Echo Valley (Bouldering)
  • Topside (Bouldering)
  • Redhill (Bouldering)
  • CBD (Bouldering)
  • Montagu (2 hour drive for Sport)
  • Rocklands (3 hour drive for Bouldering)
  • Table Mountain (Trad)
  • Lion’s Head (Trad and Sport)
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