Event: Pole Climb
Core Singles Event
Safety Code Green
Note: Competitors participating in the Axe Throw, Chain Saw, Single Buck, Super Swede or Water Boil are not eligible for this event.
- Corral must be a safe distance from spectators and only competing athletes, event judge and timer are permitted inside.
- A belay 12 mil. (.5in) professional climbing rope is mandatory and provided by the host school.
- The individual on the belay rope must be knowledgeable, consistent and unbiased throughout the event. A gri gri system with a solid anchor must be used to belay the climbers.
- Spurs must meet CSA or current industry safety standards. Buck straps are optional, but no spikes of any kind may be added. Toe spurs not permitted.
- Competitors must wear a certified safety belt.
- The Event Judge must confirm safety rules are being adhered to prior to each competitor starting the event. The event will not begun if there is missing safety gear.
- No part of the competitor’s equipment may touch the pole before the GO signal.
- The starting signal is: Timers ready, Competitors ready, 3-2-1-GO.
- Starting prior to GO will result in a disqualification.
- The competitor climbs up a hydro pole to a height of 8.53 meters (28ft) where a bell will be attached. There is a five (5) minute time maximum.
- The bell must be rung by the competitor's hand at which the point time will stop.
- The bell should have a short tether to hinder unnecessary swinging during the climber’s ascent.
- Competitors must climb down the pole or they will be DISQUALIFIED. No freefalling, jumping off the pole or hot dogging is permitted.
- The belay system (gri gri) is used to support a spur-out that could occur up and/or down the pole only.
- Climbers should not rely on the belay system to catch them if they choose to “Jump” for the bell. If a climber decides to jump up at the last second to reach the bell, and he/she is not in complete control and relies on the belay system, a DQ will result.