February 4th 2023

ROCfest is back for 2023! See below for everything you need to know about Manchesters ultimate climbing competition.

Tickets are £20 entry, with a limited number of Finals Spectator add ons available for an additional £5


 Taking place at Rock Over Climbing in Manchester on Saturday the 4th of February 2023. 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, everyone’s points will be tallied (using your top 20 climbs) and prizes will be distributed accordingly, to each division.

Registration will open at 9am, qualifiers will be from 10am until 4pm and the finals will being at 5:30pm.



Every division will receive cash prizes from the £8,000 prize pool.

Open Male/Female:

1st – £1,500

2nd – £750

3rd – £400

4th – £200

5th – £150

6th – £100

All other categories:

1st – £75

2nd – £50

3rd – £25


Every category will receive cash prizes from the £8,000 prize pool.

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

Veterans Male 45+

Veterans Female 45+

Meet the Setters

Since our competition has 100 climbing problems, we’re bringing in as many top level route setters as we can!

Max Ayrton

Jamie Cassidy

Dave Barrans

James Gardens

Frances Bensley

Ian Vickers

Alex Fry

Tom Lloyd

Ros Beveridge

Alice Thompson

Callum Hegarty

Nyx Donaldson

Dan Millar

Information for those travelling


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.


Manchester Victoria Train Station 200 metres away.

Shudehill Bus Station 950 metres away.


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

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9am – 10am




10am – 4:00pm




5:30pm – 8:30pm