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The Battle in the Bubble Pro Bouldering Invitational and Outdoor Festival

3/10/10 - On May 15, 2010, on the shores of the Boulder Reservoir in Boulder, Colorado, the world's bouldering elite will throw down in one of the nation's most dramatic settings for serious cash. With unprecedented media coverage, The Battle in the Bubble is the new model for high-end competition climbing, raising the bar to be the highest profile, most watched American climbing event to date.

A citizen's comp & wildcard round starts on Friday, May 14, at the Spot, and if you have what it takes, you'll be climbing with the pros in qualifiers the next day. Register now!

On Saturday, May 15, bring the family and friends to the Boulder Reservoir. Start your morning at 9:30 by walking for a cause with the 2010 Walk MS Colorado. At noon, munch on a picnic lunch and gather your strength to test your skills with demo activities such as slacklining, paddle boarding, and more. Get yourself to the top of the climbing wall for a chance to win a trip to Vail for the Teva Mountain Games. Starting at 4 p.m., explore booths from local vendors, grab a burrito served up by Wahoo's, and sip some Avery beer in the Access Fund beer garden.

The main event starts at 6 p.m. Don't miss the country's biggest and most exciting climbing competition, the Pro Bouldering Invitational! Twenty of the world's best male and female climbers get into it for real. Four elimination problems lead up to the final head-to-head battle for the 1st Ascent and Champion Title!

Join the pros and the Access Fund family Sunday morning for breakfast and the Boulder Canyon Trail Day. Time to give back and take care of the places we love! Clean up begins at 9 a.m. and goes until noon. Wear your work clothes, plan to get dirty, and have some hard-working fun.

Produced by: The Spot Bouldering Gym and Professional Climbers International

Presented by: Walltopia, Asana, Native Eyewear, and SKRAM Media

Supported by: The Spot Climbing School, Access Fund, Climbing Wall Association, Avery Beer, Wahoo's, Teva Mountain Games, and DJ Dirt Monkey

SCHEDULE:

Friday, May 14

4 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Come-one, come-all to the PRO-AM Competition at The Spot

    • Redpoint format, Citizens Comp & Pro Wildcard Qualifier round

    • The top 30 men and 30 women Wildcards will advance to join Pro-Invitees in Semi-finals Saturday morning

    Saturday, May 15

    9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Semi-finals at The Spot

      • Onsight format (60 Wildcards and 40 Pro-Invitees)

      • 5 problems; 4 minutes on, 4 minutes off

      • The Top 10 men and 10 women advance to Elimination/1st Ascent Finals

      9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.: All day family fun at the Boulder Reservoir

      • MS Walk starts at 9:30 a.m.

      • Family demos — slackline, stand-up paddle board, climbing wall challenge to win a trip to the Teva Mountain Games, giveaways, raffles, and more — start at noon

      • Festival Geartown Village, Avery Access Fund Beer Garden, and food from Wahoo's starts at 4 p.m.

      6 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Finals at the Boulder Reservoir

      • Elimination Round

        • 4 problems: competitors will have three minutes to engage each problem for multiple attempts to send or establish their high point

        • Top competitors move on and each new problem is a blank slate as to who advances on to the next

      • 1st Ascent Final Problem

        • The final two men and two women will trade attempts, throwing down for the ultimate send and the BIG money!

      Sunday, May 16

      9 a.m. - noon: Boulder Canyon Trail Day (Finals rain day)

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