12 Hours of Summit Suffering: Half a Day to Slay!

Most of you have perhaps already heard of / competed in the 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell competition, at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Jasper, AR. We have quite a large community of Horseshoe Hell competitors among us here at Summit, so we wanted to create an event that might help them train for climbing for 24 hours straight — or for those of you who think that's nuts, but maybe climbing for just 12 hours straight in a gym with air-conditioning and no approach sounds more your speed. So we have created our first annual 12 Hours of Summit Suffering comp! 12 hours + 3 gyms + hundreds of routes and problems + 1 after party = HELL YES. #quickmath So in short, here's how it's gonna go!

Competitors can begin picking up their goodie bag and scorecards starting at 8 a.m. at any gym they wish! At registration, competitors choose the gym they want to start at, so we know how many scorecards and goodie bags to keep at each gym. Make sure you stick to the gym you registered for, so your free stuff is not misplaced! We've got custom t-shirts and such getting printed, as a one-of-a-kind reminder of that miserably awesome time you had! After a brief rules meeting at 8:45 a.m., the proverbial shot-gun blast will sound (or in our case, a to-be-determined offensively loud instrument) and the competition will begin at 9 a.m. sharp. For the next 12 hours straight, competitors have the run of all three of our gyms to lead, toprope and boulder at to get their score as high as possible!

At registration each climber chooses a difficulty category, depending on their hardest ever send, and those are broken down as follows:

Beginner: 5.6 to 5.8, or V0 to V2

Intermediate: 5.9 to 5.10d or V2 to V4

Advanced: 5.11 to 5.12a or V5 to V7

Extreme: 5.12b and up, or V8 and up

Craziness creativity, and crazy creativity are all encouraged at this comp, so come up with a fun name for your team, and some sort of insane costume get-up. There will be rewards for the best team name, and the best costumes, so get competitive! Team mates do not need to sign up as the same difficultly level, so we encourage you guys to climb with anyone!

After you and your partner are able to accrue as many points as you can (or even want to ... you're climbing for 12 HOURS STRAIGHT, you psychos), scorecard turn in is at 9 p.m. sharp at whichever gym you choose to end at! We'll tally the scores and awards will be given to the top 3 individuals in each category, and gender. We will also have a team award, as well. You will win a handmade trophy that is handmade by someone who has no right to be making handmade trophies BUT THAT'S NOT THE POINT! The point is to have fun, and to trash yourself pulling plastic for an entire half-day, and then hang around and drink beer with other people who are similarly trashed from slaying for a whole half-day.

We're holding the after-party at our Carrollton location at 9:30 p.m. — just grillin' and chillin' like villains with beer, burgers and brats to keep you guys going until awards at 10 p.m. Hold on to the raffle ticket you get at registration, because we have HELLA raffles to give out. Do you like free stuff? I like free stuff. So make sure you stick around,  cuz you gotta be present to win! We'll announce everything we snagged for you guys later ... but be assured ... it's awesome.

We're giving out sweet, homemade trophies to all the winners, so you can have a one-of-a-kind keepsake to remember that one time you were really crazy and climbed for 12 freakin' hours straight at the climbing gym.

Registration is $30, and available here. Make sure you sign up as soon as you find a partner, since we have limited spots!