Please note changes for 2016
* Online registration * Closes September 15.
* T-shirt with Pre-registration by September 9 only *
* Day of event registration does not include t-shirt *
* Only two heats on Saturday. First heat starts at 9 am.*
* Judging via Honor System*
* Sunday top-rope categories start at 11 a.m. *
* No lead climb score cards will be handed out after 10 a.m. Sunday *
What is the Pocatello Pump?
The oldest (35 years climbing) and most fun rock climbing competition in America.
When is it?
September 17-18, 2016
Where is it?
The basalt crags of Ross Park's Sunny Side and Shady Side
Exit 67 (5th Avenue Exit) off I-15, Pocatello, Idaho
Download Registration Form (.pdf)
Sign up before 5:00 p.m. on September 2nd at the Outdoor Adventure Center
$35.00 (Includes a custom designed T-shirt)
Online registration closes Thursday, September 15.
$40.00 (Does not include T-shirt)
Donations to the Access Fund and ISU's Climbing Scholarship
The Pocatello Pump will donate $5.00 for each person who participates in the competition to the Access Fund. The Access Fund is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting climbers' interests in the United States while preserving America's diverse climbing resource.
The Pump will also donate $5.00 for each entrant to the ISU Terry Kranning Climbing Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an ISU student that participated in the Pump. Contact the Scholarship Office for more info.
There is a local and non-local division for each category below. If less than five entrants are registered in the same category, the local and non-local divisions may be combined.
5.12a and up
5.11d and up
5.9 and 5.10
5.9 and 5.10
Climbers with a physical disability
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Boys and Girls, 11-15 years old
Little Cottonwood Canyon
Boys and Girls, 10 years old and under
Non-competitive-winner decided by luck of the draw. Men and women 16 years and older...Climb either Saturday or Sunday
The Seneca Rocks, Red Rocks, Everest, Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon categories receive 60 minutes to attempt as many climbs as possible. The person with the highest score wins.
The Massacre Rocks top rope catagory is non-competitive. The winner will be decided by luck of the draw. Climbers in this category can climb on either day .
The Yosemite, City of Rocks, Shawangunks and Smith Rocks categories receive 90 minutes to attempt as many top-rope climbs as possible. The top ten finishers in the Yosemite, City of Rocks, and Shawangunks categories enter the lead-climbing segment. The lead climbers receive five hours to attempt nine leads, of which the highest eight are scored. The cumulative scores from top-roping and lead climbing determine the winners.
*Bring your own rope for lead climbing events.
There are dozens of "scored" routes to choose from; these routes range from 5.5 to 5.12. To receive points for a climb, the climber must reach the top without falling and place both hands on top of the cliff. A climber is allowed two falls for each route, but he or she must be lowered to the bottom after each fall. If a climber falls a third time, he or she must move on to a new route.
Saturday, September 17: Registration starts at 7 a.m on the Sunny Side of Ross Park on South 2nd Ave. The Yosemite, City of Rocks, Shawangunks, Smith Rocks, and Massacre Rocks categories begin the one and half hour top rope climbing heats at 9 a.m.
Note: there will only be two heats on Saturday.
Sunday, September 18 : 8 - noon. Lead climbing segement of the Yosemite, City of Rocks, and Shawangunks categories on the Sunny Side of Ross Park. 10 a.m. registration for the Seneca Rocks, Red Rocks, Massacre Rocks, Everest, Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon categories on the Shady Side of Ross Park on South 4th avenue; one hour long climbing heats begin at 11 a.m. Awards ceremony and prize give away (must be present to receive a prize) shortly afetr the third heat ends.
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