The Burn Bouldering Series:

Four Burns and over $14,000 in cash and prizes

For the sixth year running, PRG is combining all of our Burn bouldering events into a single regional series to crown the kings and queens of the Burns!

In addition to the great problems, fun, food, music and prizes of each Burn, the best climbers in each category for the whole series get the bragging rights to call themselves the Best of the Burns… plus, more prizes of course!

College Climbers don’t forget to select your College Club Team when you register to be counted for our Collegiate Series Championships! For more information or to get your team into the series, please email us!

BTW, did we mention FOOD, MUSIC & PRIZES?
Call 877-822-7673 for more information. Register online or by phone!

Questions about the Series? See our FAQ below or download our Burn Series Rules and Guidelines.

2018-19 Series Schedule

Midnight Burn
PRG Oaks  |  October 27, 2018

Heart Burn
PRG East Falls  |  December 1, 2018

Winter Burn
PRG Coatesville  |  January 19, 2019

Final Burn
PRG Wyncote  |  February 16, 2019

Rankings and results for each competition will be posted on this page after each event, so check back here!

Burn Bouldering Series FAQ

Anyone! Both Kids and Adults–Open and Amateur.

All Amateur competitors & Spectators are welcome!

It takes a lot of dedicated individuals to put on an exceptional competition. We are always looking for interested volunteers who can help make these events the best they can possibly be. In particular, volunteers can help with:

  • Judging Routes
  • Scoring
  • Set Up
  • Forerunning
  • Route Setting

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact James Pesce. Volunteers get the best seats in the house! Thanks in advance!

The Burn Bouldering Series consists of four bouldering competitions – the Midnight Burn, the Heart Burn, the Winter Burn, and the Final Burn. Each event will follow the same format as the Burn’s always have, and awards will be based for each event on performance in that event.

All four competitions are open events for all categories. Competitors in each event will not only vie to win each comp (and the awards that entails), but also to win the Overall Burn Series, which will be selected in each category based on each competitor’s combined performance throughout the entire series! For more details please download our Burn Series Rules & Guidelines.

To be eligible for an Overall Burn Series title and awards, a competitor must compete in at least two Burn Series events.

Give us a call or follow the links above to each Burn page to register online.

Registration for each Burn event opens one month prior to the event date.

When you look at the Series Rankings you will notice at the far right hand side for each category there is a column labelled Ranking. Your Burn Series Ranking is a system for tracking your performance relative to other members of your category throughout the year at our Burn events. Each competitor in each category will start the series with a point value for their Ranking, based on either their performance from the previous season, or, in the case of new entrants, a mean point value. At the end of the first event, after all the places are calculated, each competitor will have their Ranking Points adjusted to reflect their finishing place in the event. Competitors will carry their Ranking points from the first event into the second. After the places at the second event are calculated, new Ranking points will be assigned based on placements, and and overall Series Ranking (up to that point) will be calculated. And so on for further events.

The basic idea is as follows: At the end of a given comp, your Ranking points will be adjusted based on how many other competitors in your category placed above you or below you. For those you place higher than, your points will increase based on how their points compare to yours at the beginning of the event–you get a large bump for placing above someone who was ranked higher than you, less of one for placing above someone who was ranked at or below you. And, the converse is true for those that place above you–your points will decrease for each person placing above you, less for those who are already ranked higher than you, more for those ranked lower. In the end, the balance of these adjustments to your Ranking points will update your Ranking for each successive comp.What does it all mean? Basically, the higher your points, the better your rank in the Burn Series.

Questions or comments about the Ranking or Invitations to the Championships? Please download our Burn Series Rules & Guidelines or email us!

The format of each event will be an Open Redpoint Format with a Modified (Highpoint) World Cup Finals for Open Competitors. Climbers’ rank in pre-lims will be based on their top 5 problems. There is no limit on the number of tries. For Open Categories there  will be a final round, for up to 8 competitors, or one more than half of competitors present, whichever is smaller. The format for Finals will be Modified (Highpoint) World Cup (sometimes called Onsight).  All competitors are expected to be familiar with these rules prior to attending the competition. For a more detailed description of formats and rules, please download our Burn Series Rules and Guidelines.

Please note: Formats are subject to change at any time, subject to the discretion of the PRG. Please call or check back for updated information.