Thanks to all who participated! We had a blast and can’t wait to put on the next comp!



What is the Rumble?

The Rumble is Rocky Top’s first climbing competition in 15 years. It will be a day of fun, community engagement, rowdiness and cutthroat competitiveness. Don’t miss out on all the action! The 2017 date set for the Rumble is Sunday, April 23rd. There are categories for each skill level, so anyone can participate and have fun!

How do I participate?

First, you need to register. Registration costs $20 for members and $25 for non-members. If you sign up during the early bird period (ends March 31), you get $5 off the cost of registration. You can register by clicking the link here or with the link at the bottom of the page. Additionally, you can sign up in person at Rocky Top Climbing.

Competition info:


Winners are chosen by highest scores. Each problem will have a point value assigned to it. You can and should try to climb as many problems as you can but your score will only be based off your top 5 highest scoring climbs. In the event of a tie, the next highest scoring climb is added until a winner is chosen.


Categories are divided both into skill level and gender. The categories are as follows:


Male Beginner: V0-V2

Male Intermediate: V3-V5

Male Advanced: V6-V7

Male Open: V8 and up

Female Beginner: V0-V2

Female Intermediate: V3-V4

Female Advanced: V5-V6

Female Open: V7 and up

How do I choose which category to be in?

Choose the category the best encompasses the higher end of your climbing ability. The category you choose should include the highest grade you can climb consistently. Yes, if you choose a category beneath your actually climbing ability, you could win a sweet prize. If that sounds like you, this is not the competition for you. We will bump you into a higher category if your score does not reflect the category you should be climbing in.


Day of registration starts at 11 am. Climbing starts at 12 pm. Depending on turnout, competitors may be organized into two heats. Climbing time will range from 2.5 – 3 hours. After climbing time is up, there will be a finals round for the top 3 competitors open category climbers of each gender which people should stick around to watch. The awards ceremony will follow the finals rounds in which winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded.


There will be TBA sick prizes from our generous sponsors. Promise. Prizes are awarded to the top 3 finishers in each category.


Due to possible overcrowding, spectators will have to pay a fee for entrance into the gym but are not allowed to climb if not competing.