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A West Coast Climbing Competition Series

Friction Series is our annual climbing competition at our gyms across the West Coast in California and Oregon! This multi-event series features six competitions taking place throughout the year and is open to climbers of all skill levels, members and non-members alike.

Each competition includes a full day of climbing, food, mini-games, raffles, and prizes! We can’t wait to begin the 2024 competition season this spring!

Next Up:

June 1, 2024
Sunnyvale – Rope Competition
2023 Sunnyvale Photo Album

Sunnyvale Friction Series – Sign Up here!

August 24, 2024
Santa Clara – Bouldering Competition
2023 Santa Clara Photo Album

October 19, 2024
San Francisco – Bouldering Competition

Past Events:

March 17, 2024
Belmont – Rope Competition
2024 Belmont Photo Album

April 13, 2024
Portland – Rope Competition
2024 Portland Photo Album 

May 4, 2024
Fountain Valley – Bouldering Competition
2024 Fountain Valley Photo Album

who can compete in friction series?

Friction Series is a competition for climbers of all skill levels! Recreation, Intermediate, and Advanced divisions are non-gendered, while the Open Division will have male, female, and non-binary categories.

We welcome competitors to choose the skill and gender category they are most comfortable with. You will be competing with other climbers in the same category/skill level as you. As a general rule, your skill category should be determined by the hardest grade you regularly redpoint in the gym.

How do I prepare for Friction Series?

First time competing? Or not sure whether you should sign up? No problem – we’ve got some resources that will help you build your knowledge on comp climbing!

Check out Comp Climbing 101 to get the basics on types of competitions and commonly used terminology. This guide will help you strategize at a modified redpoint competition! Start here to learn about tactics and decision-making skills to help you maximize your comp experience.

2023 sponsors, partners, and vendors

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors, Partners, and Vendors! 2024 sponsors will be announced soon!

Scarpa, Trango Climbing,  Sterling Rope, DMM, Prana, Queer Crush Climbing, Bay Area Climbing Coalition, Coalition Crag, V12 resole, Hitorii Design, Kotaro Design, Bespokedesign, Tono Coffee Project, Moonwake Coffee Roasters, Sports Basement, Greater Than Climbing, Cypress Magic, She Likes Clay, Monopkt, Drink Marquis, Clean Cause, Friendly Foot, Cotopaxi, Rhino Skin Solutions,