Sharma and Team Plan Psicobloc Comp in Utah

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A team led by climbers Chris Sharma, Mike Beck, and Kevin Bradburn is organizing a deep-water soloing competition in Park City, Utah, to be held in conjunction with the Outdoor Retailer trade show in early August. During the six-day event, climbers will free-solo routes capped by a 26-foot roof towering over a deep pool at Park City’s Olympic Training Park. You fall, you splash.

The finals, August 2, are expected to have routes nearly 5.14 in difficulty and will be run in “duel” format, with two climbers competing on identical routes simultaneously. Winners will divide a purse of $20,000.

The event is part of a new Psicobloc Masters Series, inspired by a competition in Bilbao, Spain, in 2010, which Sharma won. More than 4,000 people watched this open-air competition.

Event organizer Mike Beck said, “After a two-year hiatus, we are bringing a climbing competition back to Summer Outdoor Retailer. The duel style, size of the wall, first deep-water comp, and incredible venue is an amazing combination.”

“Psicobloc is an extreme and spectacular form of climbing that will undoubtedly blow everyone’s minds,” said Sharma. “For years we’ve talked about how this format will be the way of taking climbing to the mainstream.”

Here’s a good video of the 2011 event in Bilbao from the Spanish magazine Desnivel:

Dates of event: July 28–August 2, 2013

Sources: Outdoor Industry Association,