Seattle Bouldering Challenge


Thank you to all of our 120+ competitors, spectators, vendors and amazing Edgeworks crew who helped to make this year’s Seattle Bouldering Challenge one to remember! From the bottom of our hearts, Thank you!


  • Due to the flights being distributed incorrectly (actual scores correct), the podiums for some flights were also incorrect. Folks that received prizes on the day of the comp will not be asked to return them. 
  • We will be contacting the flight winners directly and will have their prizes available for pick up starting Wednesday, November 22nd.

We apologize for the error and we will look to be better in the future.

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When in doubt, fill one out! All climbers must complete a signed waiver or have one on file with Edgeworks in order to participate. Waivers must be renewed each year. Click here now!

The top 3 competitors in each flight and open categories will be awarded a prize.

FREE AFTER PARTY! 6:30pm-8:00pm
Once the competition ends, competitors and guests are invited to join us for the after party! Please note: all climbing will shut down at the conclusion of the community comp session; post-comp climbing sessions will not be available during this time.


Who can compete?

All climbers age 16 or older are welcome to compete; we’re planning to accommodate up to 200 competitors split across two sessions. For the sake of fair competition, youth climbers participating in Saturday’s USAC Bouldering QE won’t be allowed to compete in SBC as well.

What format is the competition?

This a redpoint bouldering competition meaning that each route has been assigned a unique point value that is largely based on the level of difficulty. Points are gained only if the route is completed. Participants will track each attempt, and for tie-breaking scenarios, will be deducted 1 point per attempt up to 25 attempts per climb. The participant’s score will be the sum total of their top 5 climbs.

We’ll have 35+ boulders available for you to climb, designed to challenge and thrill competitors at every skill level!

For Recreational competitors, there are no categories to sign up for before the competition. Instead flights will be created after the climbing session is over and will be based on the finishing order of all participants.

How do “flights” work for the recreational division?

Instead of self-selecting into a category at the time of registration or guessing which category is right for you, competitors will be placed into “flights” based on their overall performance. We believe this encourages every competitor to try their best and mitigates unsporting sandbagging. Once scoring is complete, flights will be generated and prizes will be awarded to the 3 top competitors in each flight.

For example, a competition with 200 competitors would result in 5 flights:

  • Flight A: 1st – 40th place
  • Flight B: 41st – 80th place
  • Flight C: 81st – 120th place
  • Flight D: 121st – 160th place
  • Flight E: 161st – 200th place

*The actual number of flights and number of competitors within each flight will be determined based on the total number of competitors.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers of each category. Participants do not need to be present to win.

How much does it cost?

Sign up early to save! Pre-registration prices are $35 for members and $45 for guests; ending Tuesday, 11/7 at midnight. Day of registrations will cost $60 for everyone.

How do I make sure that I get an SBC t-shirt?

The best way to ensure you get a t-shirt in your size is to purchase it during early bird sign ups. Pre-purchases for t-shirts close on October 23rd. We will order a limited number of shirts to purchase on a first come first served basis on the day of competition, but we do anticipate them to sell out. T-shirts will be sold for $20.

Can I watch but not compete?

Absolutely! Please come by anytime and stick around for Finals starting around 5pm! We expect the two earlier sessions to be pretty full, which might make spectating difficult. There’s going to be coffee throughout the day, and local vendors and a food truck in the afternoon, so come join us throughout the day!

Where should I park?

Parking at the gym will be limited — in addition to our lot and the gravel road behind the gym, there’s free parking at the Hiram Chittenden Locks a hundred yards west, and free on-street parallel parking on the streets and avenues north of the gym (28th through 32nd Avenues, 54th through 58th Streets).



There will be rolling closures starting Tuesday, Nov 7 – Sunday, November 12th.

  • Tuesday, Nov 7: Walltopia
  • Wed/Thus, Nov 8 & 9: Back Realm + Walltopia
  • Friday, Nov 10: Front Realm, Back Realm + Walltopia

FACILITY CLOSURES: (Day of Comp 8am-8pm)

Full gym closures all-day Saturday and all-day Sunday, including

  • All roped climbing areas
  • The Dojo, Moonboard and Kilter board
  • Weight room

Everyone is welcome to participate in the competition and/or spectate!
Climbing will fully reopen on Monday, November 13th with a large selection of all new competition style boulder routes for everyone to try!