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FOR THE PRO'S
A mixed climbing comp that pits a select group of invited elite athletes against each other in side by side mirror-imaged routes on a unique climbing structure custom designed for the Winter Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer. It's the ultimate test of speed, power and agility where the fastest time and high point will determine the winner in this spectator-friendly event.

NEW FOR 2013 - FOR THE JOE'S!
Same wall as the pros, but a slightly different format. Competitors will climb only one of the two mirror images routes. Fastest time to the top wins and competitors have 20 minutes each to attempt the route as many times as possible. Prizes? We don't need no stinking' prizes… this is all about pride. Show us what you've got and maybe you'll receive an invite to compete with the pros in 2014 under the lights.

NEW FOR 2013 - OPEN PUBLIC DEMO!
You've been looking at the Eddie Bauer Mixed Climbing wall all weekend. You want to climb it. You NEED to climb it (or at least try).

Here's your chance! Never been ice or mixed climbing? No worries… we've got you covered on Saturday with free public Mixed Climbing demos on the Mountain Games wall. We'll supply the ice axes, helmet and climbing equipment you supply the wits. Your weekend in Vail just got a lot more exciting. Trust us.

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Friday - Saturday
February 8-9, 2013

TIME & CATEGORIES:
February 8, 10am - (Practice (Men/Women Qualifiers))
February 8, 12pm - (Men/Women Qualifiers )
February 8, 4pm - (Man/Women Quarterfinals)
February 8, 6pm - (Men/Women Finals)
February 9, 11am - (Citizen's Comp)
February 9, 1pm - (Demo - Open To The Public)

LOCATION:
Golden Peak Base Area

PRICE:

REGISTRATION FEE PRO CATEGORY:
Online pre-registration only: $60 On-site registration: NA
Athletes are chosen via an invited application process.

REGISTRATION FEE CITIZEN CATEGORY:

$40 through Feb 3rd : $45 starting Feb 4th



All comps at the Games have limited capacity and will fill up quickly. Please register early to ensure you receive an athlete gift bag. Late or on-site registrations may not receive SWAG.

DOCUMENTATION:

RACE CATEGORIES:
Men's Pro & Women's Pro - invitation only
Men's Citizen & Women's Citizen

PRIZES:

$6000 total pro category prize purse + 1st-3rd receive sick Eddie Bauer coats.

Organizers reserve the right to change/alter these prizes.

There will be no prizes awarded within the citizens category.

NOTES:

All athletes, even those pre-registering on-line must sign liability and release waivers when checking in to receive their number.  We advise all athletes check in for their event the day prior to competing or at least two (2) hours prior to the start of their competition.  Event Registration is in the Grand View Room at the Southwest corner of the Lionshead Parking Structure.

All athletes must be present at check in to receive their number.  Numbers will NOT be given to friends, coaches or family members.

Organizers will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, or misdirected registrations or for registrations not received for any reason, including, without limitation, failure or malfunction of any communications network or equipment or computer software or hardware.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS PRO & CITIZEN CATEGORIES:
Required equipment: 2 technical ice tools, fruit boots, or boots with crampons, harness and helmets are mandatory

No non-standard sized ice tools, leashes, or heel spurs. Judges reserve the right to inspect equipment at anytime, and disqualify competitors for any infraction. Please consult a judge before the competition if you have any questions about the legality of your equipment!!

Bibs will be pinned on the back of the competitor.

PRO COMPETITION RULES:
The competition will take place on an approximately 50 ft tall manmade wall. There will be 2  identical routes (route A/ route B), 8 female climbers and 18 male climbers will compete in a head to head format. If a full field of competitors is not available, the bracketing will be adjusted accordingly to match the number of competitors. Each competitor will climb against their matched competitor and then switch routes and compete again. Scoring will be in the following order. 1 )Topping out and overall time is the overriding rule. 2) Next differentiating rule is the cumulative high point from both routes. 3) Final high point tiebreaker will be the raw time.

There will be one judge per route with an additional head judge. Judges will be tracking both time and high point.

Time stops when first anchor quick draw is clipped.  Anchor must be clipped from the top of the wall and tool must be inside the tape lines. (second quick draw must be clipped before lowering)

The last hold is the top of the wall.

Every quick draw must be clipped by waist height.

Tools must be used at all times (no hands with the exception of last hold/ top of wall).

No kicking/ hitting plywood.

Foam holds- no stepping or hooking on top of foam holds. Kicking and hitting of foam holds only.

T-nut holes cannot be used.

Only competitors within the fenced area. (Competitors enter on east end opening)

Must wear helmets.

There will be an audible start.

Clocks are stopped by judges and or maxed at 6 minutes.

Warm up area is available .  Priority is given to next competing athletes.

Warm up starts at 9:30am.  Warm up will run in same sequence as competition bracket

No tripping, shoving or horseplay will be tolerated and any athlete participating in foul play will be pulled from  the route and disqualified.

Crampon and Ice tool swinging, and kick locations will only be allowed within designated areas which will be marked. A penalty will be assessed for kicking outside the designated

The men's field will have a second chance qualifier. The climber with the best highpoint total from the round of 18 that does not advance, will advance to face the top qualifier from the round of 18 in the round of 10. This process will be repeated through each round until we are left with 4 climbers. The winners of this semi-final round will then face off in the finals, while the losers will compete for 3rd place.

CITIZENS COMPETITION RULES:
The competition will take place on an approximately 50 ft tall manmade wall.  The route will be identical to the pro route with some additional holds placed along the course.  Each competitor will be given 20 minutes of wall time and will be top roped by a WMG belayer.  Within that 20 minutes, the competitor is allowed to practice/ warm up and attempt to climb the route as many times as they want.  When the competitor is ready to make a competitive climb, they are to inform the judge/ belayer that they are climbing for time.  At that point, the climber will be hand time for the competition. Scoring will be in the following order. 1 )Topping out and overall time is the overriding rule. 2) Next differentiating rule is the high point.. 3) Final high point tiebreaker will be the raw time.  Each competitor is allowed 20 minutes of wall time.

There will be one judge/ belayer tracking both time and high point.

Time stops when climber places hand on the top of the wall.

The last hold is the top of the wall.

Tools must be used at all times (no hands with the exception of last hold/ top of wall).

No kicking/ hitting plywood.

Foam holds- no stepping or hooking on top of foam holds. Kicking and hitting of foam holds only.

T-nut holes cannot be used.

Only competitors within the fenced area. (Competitors enter on east end opening)

Must wear helmets.

There will be an audible start.

No tripping, shoving or horseplay will be tolerated and any athlete participating in foul play will be pulled from  the route and disqualified.

Crampon and Ice tool swinging, and kick locations will only be allowed within designated areas which will be marked. A penalty will be assessed for kicking outside the designated

General Rules and Information - Pro & Citizens Categories
DIRECTIONS TO CLIMBING WALL: Park in either the Vail Village parking structure or Lionshead parking structure.  Upon exiting the structure, head east to the eastern base area on Vail Mountain- Golden Peak. The climbing wall is in the Golden Peak base area near the Golden Peak Lodge.

ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY: Competitors will be chosen from a invite application process. The competition is open to athletes regardless of state and/or country of residency.  Competitors who are under the age of 18 must register with a parent or legal guardian. Competitors must be able to attend all scheduled events.  Athletes will be required to provide all their own equipment.  Further, athletes must abide by all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations during their participation in the Winter Mountain Games®.

PARTICIPATION: Athletes agree to be bound by these Official Rules and all decisions of Organizers. Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any persons found tampering with, or otherwise abusing, any aspect of the competition as solely determined by Organizers.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Organizers will appoint judges and the decision of those judges will be final.  There will be no review of scoring / timing even with the presence of TV cameras.  Disputes with Organizers and/or appointed judges will result in disqualification of that athlete.

RESERVATION OF RIGHTS: Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any athlete for any reason, including, without limitation, acting in an unsafe, unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and/or with intent to intimidate, threaten or harass, or harm another person.  All decisions with respect to the disqualification of an athlete shall be made by Organizers and/or appointed judges.  Failure to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules may result in an athlete's disqualification and the forfeiture of his/her interest in any prize. Organizers reserve the right to amend these Official Rules at any time in its sole discretion, and athletes shall have no recourse for any such changes or for any failure (whether inadvertent or otherwise) by Organizers to follow the stated rules.  In the event that the competition is canceled prior to the completion of the final event, no prizes will be awarded.  Any refunds are at the organizer's discretion.   Athletes will not be otherwise compensated for any costs or expenses associated with their participation in the competition.

ORGANIZERS: The Winter Mountain Games® will be organized and produced by staff and contractors hired from and by the Vail Valley Foundation.  The decisions of Organizers regarding the selection and elimination of athletes, the selection of finalists and winners, and the production and administration of Winter Mountain Games® related events, and all other aspects of the event, shall be final and binding in all respects. Organizers will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the event.

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