Blackout Boulder Brawl!

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Mon, 10/31/2016

This past weekend, our Newburyport location hosted the 6th annual Blackout Brawl, the craziest blacklit bouldering competition in all of climbing! It's a mind melting combination of Halloween party and bouldering competition with amazing visual effects thrown in for an otherworldly feel.

The event takes almost a whole week to prepare for. Unlike a regular comp, there's the need to decorate the walls, set up blacklights and provide the right ambiance for spooks, chills and thrills! So, once the problems are set and forerun, the tape rolls come out and everyone and anyone who's got the spare hours comes out to create the amazing art that's the highlight of the night. It takes hundreds of hours of work all told but the result is totally worth it.

Each year, the finals problems get a different theme. 2015 was outer space, this year it was under the sea. A giant squid and a sperm whale battled it out on one side while a coral garden with jellies and minnows peacefully bobbed about on the other.

I could write thousands of words trying to describe it but pictures do it much more justice. Check out FloClimbing's coverage for some video and interviews. Full results can be found here. The gym's Facebook page is also a good source for photos, so be sure to follow it!

Big Thanks!

Our sponsors make the event amazing. We want to thank the following for supporting the Brawl:

  • Friendly Foot, the all natural shoe deodorizer. Great stuff to keep those climbing shoes from stanking out your pack!
  • NBPT Brewing, our friendly neighborhood brewery. Just around the corner from the gym and a great spot for tasty beers, live music and food trucks. Yeat!
  • NE Resoul, New England's climbing shoe hospital. Give your shoes new life with fresh rubber and repairs to save some bucks and keep that broken in feel. 
  • Original Skateboards, makers of longboards, trucks and wheels. Rad designs, high performance and great stuff all around. Cruise in style!