The BIG JAM Climbing Competition at Calshot

Oct 17 2022

climber on the wall

The BIG JAM indoor climbing competition is here! Running from 6 to 30 November on The Wall at Calshot, Hampshire’s largest climbing wall. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, practicing your climbing technique in a competition setting can help you to test your ability and reach your climbing goals. Climbing competitions are a great way to pinpoint areas to focus on in your wider training. It can also be used as a tool to learn and become a more efficient climber.

The BIG JAM is Calshot’s very own open climbing competition for everyone to take part in that uses the same routes as the BMC Youth Climbing Series competition. The BIG JAM will be running until the end of November, so there’s plenty of time to test your skills and top up those scores. This friendly competition is a great introduction to climbing competitions and a great way to meet other likeminded local climbers.

How does it work?

Points are earned according to how many attempts it takes to complete each climb and the difficulty/grading of each route.

Celebrating the launch of our latest partnership with Vertical Life, this year the climbing points will be recorded online through the Vertical Life mobile app. Climbers can download the Vertical Life app and sign up for free to the BIG JAM competition at Calshot.

Vertical life is a tailor-made app for climbers to see the latest routes, keep track of your progress and rank on the Scorecard. Simply log into the Vertical Life app, select the BIG JAM competition at Calshot and start climbing! For more information on the Vertical Life app see our webpage.

Who can participate?

The competition is open to all members and visitors of The Wall at Calshot. The groups are split into under 12s, under 18s, over 18s and over 40s. Anyone climbing at Calshot for the first time will need to pass a quick assessment in order to climb independently at The Wall. Assessments are available during normal wall hours.

  • Putting your harness on correctly
  • Using the auto belays safely
  • Tying onto the rope correctly
  • Safely lowering another climber on the wall
  • If you’re new to climbing, we advise to book a beginners course or an induction first. Or join a climbing refresher course to update your knowledge.

    Climber on the wall

    Competition Fees

    The BIG JAM competition is free to enter but the usual Calshot climbing fees apply.

    The Wall is open daily for experienced climbers to train and climb recreationally. We have lots of great ways for you to enjoy climbing at Calshot. You can climb with us as a visitor, or you can enjoy the many benefits of becoming a member. For more information on wall opening times and prices see our webpage. There’s also a range of climbing equipment to hire at Calshot, from helmets to climbing shoes.

    Points mean prizes!

    Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each category after the competition has finished on Thursday 1 December, 6.30pm. The prizes include an exciting selection of climbing goodies to set you up like a pro.

    Calshot Café

    Refuel and enjoy a tasty treat at the Calshot Café. The Calshot Café is situated within the Sunderland Hangar and offers spectacular views of the Solent. The Café at Calshot is the perfect place to enjoy a warming cup of coffee, a wholesome, delicious meal or a light snack after the competition.