What is the Century Climbing Challenge?
The Devil’s Lake Century Climbing Challenge began as a year-long fundraising event in 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Devil’s Lake State Park. Despite a late start, the event was highly successful, raising $500 for the Friends of Devil’s Lake. Encouraged by this success, we decided to make it an annual event. In 2012, we doubled participation as well the donation raised for the Friends, and we expect to continue increasing our contribution in 2013.
The first goal of the Century Challenge is to raise awareness of conservation projects in the Park and money for The Friends of Devil’s Lake. This money will be used to help maintain and improve a place we all enjoy spending time at. The second goal of this event is to promote climbing and reduce overcrowding at Devil’s Lake by challenging participants to climb 100 unique routes at Devil’s Lake in 2013.
I don’t get it. Is it a competition or a fundraiser?
It is both. For most, it is a friendly fundraiser to give back to their home crag. If you want to challenge yourself, you can shoot for 100 routes and a high score. We will recognize those with the highest scores in their division, and they may even receive some unique prizes. However, many people choose to simply make a donation and attempt to climb as many routes as possible. In the end, the goal is to raise money and awareness for the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park.
Do I have to complete 100 routes to participate?
Not at all! If you want to climb as many routes in each category as possible, or challenge yourself in other ways, that is not a problem. It’s even perfectly alright if you will not be climbing here this year, and simply want to support our cause. Just remember, the primary goal is to raise money and awareness for conservation efforts at Devil’s Lake.
Who is organizing this and are they legit?
The University of Wisconsin Madison Hoofer Mountaineering Club is organizing this event with the help of many volunteers as well as sponsor organizations and businesses. Click ‘Sponsors’ under the FAQ tab to look up our list of sponsors for last year. This year, we will have most of our old sponsors and some new ones, including Black Diamond and Mountain Project.
How much does it cost?
The event requires a minimum donation of $35.00. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Friends of Devil’s Lake. After your registration is in, you receive a booklet that explains the rules and scoring scheme for the Century Challenge and has coupons for some sweet deals from our event sponsors. You also get a T-shirt that will be available with the booklet, at a convenient pick-up location. In the Winter, you will be invited to our awards ceremony and year-end party, with climbing, food, beverages and a raffle entry to win prizes from our sponsors.
What do I receive for the entrance fee?
After mailing your registration forms in, we’ll send you a booklet that explains everything for the Century Challenge and has coupons for some sweet deals from our event sponsors. You also get a T-shirt that will be available at a pick up location of your choice later on once we know how many shirts to make. You also get a chance to win prizes from our sponsors.
Sounds fun! How do I register?
Registration will be ready to go in May. Please watch this spot for updates, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let you know when registration is up.
How do I compete?
Pick a category- top roping, lead climbing or bouldering (or multiple categories) and keep track of the name of each route that you climb. You may use a route only once in each category. Any route sent cleanly on lead may optionally be counted as a top-rope, but can not be then counted also as a lead, unless climbed twice. If you lead a route twice, you may count one of them as a top-rope, if you wish. To complete the Climbing Challenge in a category you need to climb 100 unique routes in that category. The scoring system is described in the ‘Scoring’ section of this website.
What are the dates of the Event?
The DLCCC is a year-long event. All routes climbed between January 1st through December 31st, 2013 can be counted. Registration will open soon and be open through the end of Summer. Registering early gets you the DLCCC T-shirt and coupon book sooner. Please note that the coupons expire at the end of the calendar year, so register early and give yourself more time to make good use of them.
What are the types of climbing involved?
Lead, Top-Rope, and Bouldering. Aid Climbing is not in the challenge.
What counts as a route?
Any route that is listed on MountainProject.com or in the climber’s Guide to Devil’s Lake 3rd Edition is fair game. If you have a new boulder problem or route (not documented in the either the guidebook mentioned or at http://www.mountainproject.com), it needs to be submitted to MountainProject.com to be counted.
How is the event scored?
Routes will be scored based on Swartling & Mayer’s Climber’s Guide to Devil’s Lake – 3rd Edition, and MountainProject.com. The higher the difficulty of the climb, the more points earned. To see full scoring details, please visit the ‘Scoring’ section of this website, or visit: https://hoofersdlcc.wordpress.com/scoring/
Who keeps track of scoring?
The Hoofer Mountaineering Club will keep track of your score for you! There is a master spreadsheet to which we are adding everyone’s climbs/problems into and totaling up the points. You can email your completed routes/problems to email@example.com, along with date climbed and style used, and we’ll add it to the spreadsheet. The whole event is based on the honor system so please be honest in your climbs.
Why do I have to sign a waiver?
You keep track of your climbs: the Hoofer Mountaineering Club will figure out your score for you! There is a master spreadsheet to which we are adding everyone’s climbs/problems into and totaling up the points. You can email your completed routes/problems to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with date climbed and style used, and we’ll add it to the spreadsheet. The whole event is based on the honor system so please be honest in reporting your climbs.
What if I have more questions?
If you still have questions after you have read this FAQ, please email email@example.com and we’ll be happy to answer your queries.