ROCfest 2022 – Our Premier Climbing Competition

ROCfest is back for 2022! Here’s everything you need to know about Manchesters ultimate climbing competition. 

Taking place at Rock Over Climbing in Manchester on Saturday the 4th of June 2022. This is a climbing competition unlike any you’ve seen before.  We’ve developed a unique scoring system that allows climbers of every division to compete alongside each other. 

The centre will be set with 100 problems for competitors to choose from; each numbered from 1-100. The number the route is marked with, is equal to the number of points you will earn for completing that problem. The grading difficulty will rise alongside the points value. You’ll also receive a bonus 5 points for each problem you flash. At the end of qualifiers, everyones points will be tallied (using your top 20 climbs) and prizes will be distributed accordingly, to each division. 


Every division will receive cash prizes from the £11,000 prize pool. 

Open Male/Female:

1st – £1,500 + Entry to the
next GB Titans Grand Finals2nd – £7503rd – £4004th – £2005th – £150
6th – £100

All other categories:

1st – £752nd – £503rd – £25 

Woman climbing comp style bouldering route with green light trails following her limbs.


Categories will be assigned on the day of the event – not when purchasing tickets.  – Open Male
– Open Female – Youth A Male age 16-17
– Youth A Female age 16-17

– Youth B Male age 14-15 
– Youth B Female age 14-15

– Youth C Male age 12-13
– Youth C Female age 12-13

– Youth D Male age 10-11
– Youth D Female age 10-11

– Youth E Male age 8-9
– Youth E Female age 8-9

– Paraclimbing divisions can be found here and in addition to IFSC divisions we will also have mental health, autism and learning difficulty divisions. All of these will be separated by gender.

– Veterans Male 45+- Veterans Female 45+


Entry + Finals Spectating – £25We have limited seating availability for finals. Entry only – £20 Supervisor(accompanying an under 18 competitor) – £10 Tickets can be purchased here:  Psychi will also have a stall full of discounted merch and various climbing accessories to buy.

Man climbing comp style bouldering problem with rainbow trails following is limbs.


Registration – 8am-10am

Qualifiers – 10am-4pm

Awards (Excluding Open Divisions) + Intermission – 4pm- 5:30pm

Finals + Open Awards – 5:30pm- 9pm 


In addition to the main competition event, we’re going to be running a selection of other activities throughout the day. 


Standard ticketed system – winners will be selected at random.

Chalk Scoop

If you can scoop exactly 75g of chalk in a bag then you get to keep that bag. Be careful though – there’s only one attempt per person. 

The Best Match

Take a video of you matching a route in a unique way; fist bump the hold, slap it, fingergun it, whatever. We want you to get as creative as possible and then submit your video by posting it on instagram, as a video, reel or story, with the hashtag #rocfest2022.

Your submission can not count towards your scorecard because the rules require a controlled match, to consider a problem completed.

Don’t forget to tag us since it makes it a lot easier for us to find your entry.

Pull up Challenge

How many pull ups can you complete in 30 seconds? Keep an eye on your form – no half reps here!

Same again; remember to use the hashtags #rocfest2022 and #psychi to win a prize from the Psychi trade stand.


Since our competition has 100 climbing problems, we’re bringing in as many route setters as physically possible. Our in house team, trusted freelancers and some big names in the climbing world.

Some setters you may recognise –

– Max Ayrton – who will be the head setter for the day.

– Dave Barrans

– Jamie Cassidy

-Frances Bensley

– Ian Vickers

– James Garden

– Alex Fry

– Rosaline Beveridge


Can’t climb like a winner without any fuel in the tank, so of course we’re not gonna let you starve.

Every tap in the centre produces drinking water so fill up your bottles as much as you like.  You’ve also got the option of purchasing tea, coffee, hot chocolate and soft drinks as usual. 


We’re opening up the bar especially for the competition so you can grab a beer from any time after 4pm. Choose your moment wisely though; we’ve got a strict no climbing after drinking policy.

Feeling hungry? We’ve got chilli available from the start of the day and that will be going until we run out. Vegan options will be available but if that’s not your vibe then you’re welcome to bring in snacks – we’d advise you take a quick stroll into town for other hot food. 

Man climbing competition style bouldering wall with red light trails his limbs. Holes in the wall look like stars.


We’ve got our usual selection of lockers and cubby holes – free for use but you must bring your own padlock.

You must keep bags and clutter away from climbing areas and and items left unattended are at the owners own risk. 

Info for Those Travelling

Parking – 

– We have a centre car park available free of charge with limited space.

– Road parking available after 12pm.

– Multiple paid car parks available 5 minutes walk away. 

Nearest Public Transport – 

– Manchester Victoria Train Station 200 metres away.

– Shudehill Bus Station 950 metres away.

Nearest Hotel – 

– Travelodge – Great Ducie St, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M3 1PT.

Book your tickets now to become part of the next generation of UK climbing!

Poster for climbing competition with the writing "ROCfest The Next Generation 04/06/22 Tickets Live Now"

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