December 16th, save the date!! THE route competition at Allez Up in Pointe-Saint-Charles is back. It's not just climbing for the pros, there will be routes for all levels.And to top it all off, we're also planning games, a dj, pizza, beers and an after-party.
Two years! That's how long it took us to plan and open two new climbing gyms in Montreal. We've met lots of new people, the community has grown considerably, and now it's time to say thank you and celebrate the holidays together. So what better way to do it than with DECEMBERFEST!
If you've never participated or attended, here's what you need to know: The Decemberfest is a friendly climbing competition with world-class decorum. Big, but no pressure. Add on top of that a ton of prizes to be won through crazy games, and it gives you a good idea of what to expect.
*Please note: Accompanying persons, coaches and fans are also welcome throughout the day, including the finals. They will have free access to the gym and can come and support their favorite competitors!
Once again this year, the Decemberfest will bring together climbers of all levels in 3 categories:
CITIZEN: (5.7 to 5.11 / top rope) for climbers who want to compete for fun without pressure. 20 routes, in scramble format - the best 5 routes will count towards the final score.
ADVANCED: (5.11 to 5.12+ / lead) for climbers who want to make it a little spicy. Flash-format routes with a pre-established order.
OPEN: (5.12 + and + / lead) for climbers whose first rodeo is not their first. 2 qualifying routes - the top 6 will qualify for the final.
Everything will be in the festive spirit, with the gym entirely reset in Christmas colors.
*PLEASE NOTE: to take part in the competition, you must be accredited with Allez UP in Top Rope (citizen only) or Lead. There will be no accreditation on the day of the event, so make sure you have done your test in advance
The finalists (6 women and 6 men) in the Advanced and Open categories with the best results in the qualifying rounds will face off on the ultimate route.
The atmosphere will be great, with a crowd of spectators + a live d-setj + the gym plunged into darkness with only the spotlight on the climbers!
Podium finishers in all 3 categories will win prizes from our partners.
Decemberfest is all about bringing people together. And so that everyone can enjoy the moment and receive gifts, we've spiced up the competition with some climbing games!
Some of you will remember the classics : the Milk Crate Tower or the Gri-gri Race! The good news is that they'll be there, but we've also got some fun and challenging new ones in store for you.
8:30 - 16:30 : climbing comp - all categories
17:00 - 19:00 : break - launch of games + pizza + beers
19:00 - 21:00 : finals - Advanced category (Women and Men) and Open category (Women and Men)
21:00 : awards ceremony - all categories
from 21:15 : after party
*please note: this schedue is subject to change
CITIZEN I 5.7 to 5.11+ / top rope:
AVANCED I 5.11 to 5.12 / lead :
OPEN I 5.12+ et + / premier de cordée :
*we invite you to register in the category that corresponds to your level of climbing / you can only register for 1 qualifying wave (limited number of places) / in the interests of fairness, we reserve the right to change a competitor's category if their level proves to be unsuitable.
Join our team of volunteers and experience Decemberfest from the inside. Whether it's greeting participants, beeing a coordinator, belayer or judging.
In exchange for your help, a Decemberfest'23 t-shirt, climbing passes for Allez UP and snacks / softs during your workday.REGISTER
WHEN WILL THE RUNNING ORDER BE AVAILABLE?
On December 14th, the running order will be available to all open and advanced climbers via our website and email.
WHAT IS THE CITIZEN FORMAT?
It's a scramble of 20 routes, flash format. There is no order to complete the routes, but they will be numbered in order of difficulty. You'll have 2.5 hours to complete 5 routes. Your 5 best results will be counted. Citizen comp is Top Rope only. Each route will be separated into 3 zones to refine the scores in case of a tie.
CAN I TRY ROUTE MORE THAN ONCE?
Yes, but before giving a 2nd try on a route, no participant must be waiting to give his/her first try. All participants who have not made the first attempt have priority to climb the route.
DOES MY 2ND TRY COUNT IN MY TOTAL?
No, only your 1st attempt will be counted on your scorecard.
CAN I STAY ALL DAY?
No, sorry. To give everyone registered a chance to climb, you'll need to keep to the schedule you chose when you registered.
The routes are the same for all categories: Men and Women. However, there will be a podium and prizes for each gender.
JUNIOR RANKING AND CATEGORIES
There will be a junior ranking even if the competition is not sanctioned. However, there will be no podium or prizes for these classification.
An appropriate box will be filled in on the participant's scorecard
JR - Participants born in 2005 or 2006 // A - Participants born in 2007 or 2008 // B - Participants born in 2009 or 2010 // C - Participants born in 2011 or 2012 // D - Participants born in 2013 or 2014
DO I NEED TO BUY TICKETS FOR THE FINAL?
No, the final is open to all and free of charge.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO ONLY TAKE PART IN THE GAMES AND ACTIVITIES?
Games and activities are reserved for competitors (regardless of category).
WILL THERE BE FOOD AND DRINKS?
Starting at 5:00 p.m., there will be pizza, beverages and beer for sale. Our fridge will also be stocked with our usual range of vegan wraps.
WHERE'S THE AFTER-PARTY?
Next door, at microbrasserie les 4 origines 1300 rue Saint-Patrick
WILL ALLEZ UP SUPPLY THE ROPES?
Yes, but you can bring your own rope. We recommend not putting the ropes in your mouth to clip.
WHO WILL BELAY ME? AND DO I HAVE TO BELAY?
The 2nd climber following you on the running order will be your designated belayer. You can ask another belayer if you prefer. Be aware that you are also the designated belayer of the 2nd climber ahead of you on the running order.
The open and advanced formats will be lead only, and the recreational format will be top rope only.
CAN I TRY THE ROUTES ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 17?
All the routes will be accessible and will remain on the walls after Decemberfest, even the qualifying routes.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?