The BaseCOMP

Youth Finalists

Griffin Edwards
Alisha Tschetter
Tripp Poppens
Isak Bergman
Ben Bergman

Men's Finalists

Ethan Chase
Chris Hirsch
Ryan Michaud
Shayne Quinn
Aaron Stetzer

Women's Finalists

Alisha Tschetter
Sarah Wood
Libbie Stoutland
Cali Terveen
Julia Mathew

Kids Finalists

Levi Bergman
Sean Bergman
Reven Geiske
Rowan Wenger
Izzy McDowell

Non-Finalist Scores


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Kids & Youth Comp Gallery

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Men's & Women's Winners $500
     Men's & Women's 2nd Place $300
            Men's & Women's 3rd Place $100

Universities' Club Prize $250

Raffle Prizes & Prizes for ALL bracket winners!

Registration begins 1 hour before each bracket. Rules will be read 15 mins before each bracket.

BaseCOMP Sponsors

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Join us at Basecamp for a day of friendly competition and serious climbing.  

Come show your skills while surrounded and encouraged by the Black Hills climbing community. Routes will be set for climbers of all ability levels. From adults who have little to no climbing experience to kids ready to CRUSH some difficult routes, The BaseCOMP has routes set just for YOU! Adults and youth will have two hours to show us your skills, and kids will have an hour. The top 5 overall competitors (in both the men's and women's categories) will move on to finals to battle it out for the grand prizes.

We are also excited to introduce a team component for this competition. Nearby Universities with climbing clubs will be entered to win a team prize of $250 for their climbing club! Want to get in on the action? Sign up today! Top 5 scores from each university will be added together. Highest score win the prize!

We can't believe our THIRD annual competition is coming so soon. See you at Basecamp February 19th!

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Guide to Picking Your Category


Ages 5-10

Great for kids of all ability levels



If you climb 'M' & project some 'M+'s at Basecamp


Ages 10-15

Your 10 year old is welcome to compete in either the kids or youth brackets. Ages 16+ compete as adults



'M+' & 'H' routes at Basecamp



If you tend to climb the 'E' routes at Basecamp and project 'M-' routes



If you top 'M-' routes  and project an occasional 'M'


Prizes for winners of all categories




This is a bouldering, red-point competition. 

BOULDERING is a style of climbing low to the ground, that allows people to focus on the joy of climbing movement without having to keep up with any rope or technical gear. Instead, a climber lands on a giant foam pad when they fall—in our case, a professional landing system like you would see in a gymnastics space.

RED-POINT refers to completing a route from the first hold to the last without any falls. In a red-point competition, there are many different climbing routes (also known as “problems” in the bouldering world). In our case, we will have 35+ problems set up for our competition. 

Each problem has a different level of difficulty and a unique point value commensurate to its level of difficulty. Points are gained by a climber only if he/she completes the problem from the start holds to the top hold without falling. A climber must start every attempt from the start holds of the problem, as marked by the climbing tags (You can NOT start in the middle of the problem at anytime.)


We separated our competition problems into 4 adult brackets and a bracket for kids (5-10) and youth (10-15).  If you sign up for a bracket below your ability level, you can be bumped up (see “getting bumped” below), but you will not be dropped to a bracket below the one you signed up for.

There is (1) a recreational bracket for those who are still learning how to climb easier problems or even for those who have never tried bouldering before. The grades of these problems range from VB-V2, and if you aren’t sure of what those grades mean, this is likely the category for you.

There is also (2) an intermediate bracket (with problems V3-V5), (3) an advanced bracket (with problems V5-V7), and (4) an elite bracket (with problems V7+). This elite bracket goes all the way up to a few problems in the V9-11 range.



To help avoid over-crowding, we will host heats throughout the day. Registration for each heat begins 1 hour before the heat starts. 

If you’d like to warm up, our fitness room will be open starting at 8:00am. If you don’t need the warm-up time, please arrive at least a half hour early to get checked in.

We’ll run through the competition rules, in our training room, exactly 15 minutes before each heat starts. So you need to be finished with registration by a quarter ‘til your time slot, so that you can catch the rules to the comp in person and receive answers to any competitor questions.



1. SENDING: Climbers can try any problem in the competition as many times as they would like. To obtain points for a problem, a climber must climb from start to finish in one definitive go. To help ensure every climber completes problems fairly, think about the start and finish to each route.

  • WHEN STARTING: Begin on the designated start hold(s), marked with tape. If there is only one hold with two lines of tape behind it, you start with both hands "matched" on that specific hold. Sometimes, there will also be "split starts" where two different holds have one piece of tape each behind them. In that case, you must start with one hand on each of the two holds before you begin moving up the problem. Your feet may be on any hold that matches the color of the starting hand(s).

  • WHEN CLIMBING AND FINISHING: Then, the climber must m