St. Paddy’s Pump Rope Climbing Competition is Back!

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The Front Climbing Club to host 2nd annual St. Paddy’s Pump Competition

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Salt Lake City, UT – The Front Climbing Club (The Front) will host the St. Paddy’s Pump Rope Climbing Competition in their Salt Lake City climbing gym from March 17th, 2023, to March 18th, 2023, sponsored by Vertical Solutions and Proxy Climbing, in conjunction with the USAC Youth Climbing Competition. The week will kick off with a Youth competition on March 17th, 2023, and continue March 18th with the Citizens comp, finals, and afterparty.

For the 2nd year, The Front is welcoming the cold beginnings of spring with a friendly ro   pe competition that brings local, national, and international climbers together at The Front’s Salt Lake City location. St. Paddy’s Pump is open to top-rope and lead climbers of all experience levels and abilities. Climbers are encouraged to feel festive, dress up for St. Patrick’s Day, and stay after their climb for our social hour, Citizen’s awards, and Finals. Our post-comp social hour is alone, an event you won’t want to miss, featuring themed foods, drinks, bagpiper musical guests, and Irish dancers.

As always, The Front’s climbing competitions are meant to be a fun way to establish camaraderie within the climbing community. Our competitions are the perfect way to share our love for this sport while supporting your fellow climbers. Please note belayers are not provided for this event. We ask that competitors come prepared with their preferred belayer or trade belayers with other competitors. Please ensure belayers have the appropriate certification before the competition, as certification tests will not be offered on the day. Pro and Open Category competitors must compete in the first session to be eligible for our finals round.

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 “St. Paddy’s Pump is back; we couldn’t be luckier! This competition has brought together over 300 competitors, 500 spectators, and some local pros for an incredible day of rope climbing and fun! Climbers and non-climbers alike will be cheering on the community and the pros. We’ll even have a bagpipe and Irish dancing show, delicious drinks, and food! Join us to celebrate climbing and one of our favorite holidays.” – Brenna King, Events Manager at the Front Climbing Club

Registration for the USAC Youth Comp is $75 per competitor through USA Climbing. For an additional $25, youth climbers are welcome to participate in the Citizens comp.

Registration for the Citizens Comp is $55 per competitor and includes entry to social hour.

All competitors are invited to attend the afterparty on March 18th of 2023.

Spectators are welcome to attend this event for free. RSVP at

Schedule of Events:

Friday March 17th: USAC Youth Comp, Day 1

  • Youth Check-in: 3:30p – 4:45p
  • Youth Climbing: 5:00p – 8:00p

Saturday March 18th: USAC Youth Comp, Day 2 + Citizen’s Comp

  • Youth Check-in: 7:00a – 8:00a
  • Youth Session: 8:00a – 11:00a
  • Citizen’s Session 1 check-in: 11:00a – 12:00p
  • Citizen’s Session 1: 12:00p – 3:00p
  • Citizen’s Session 2 Check-in: 2:30p – 3:30p
  • Citizen’s Session 2: 3:30p – 6:30p
  • Social Hour in the ropes area: 6:00p – 7:30p
  • Citizen’s Awards: 7:30p
  • Finals: 8:00p – 10:00p

About The Front Climbing Club

The Front Climbing Club was the first commercial climbing gym in Salt Lake City. What started as a garage-style co-op in 1989 under the name “The Body Shop” has since evolved into multi-gym, world-class facilities. Built within striking distance of the Wasatch, The Front’s three locations are indoor rock-climbing utopias with bouldering and rope climbing walls, yoga and group fitness spaces, a fully stocked gym, youth programming, and climbing instruction. For more information, please email Colt Jarvis at

About the St. Paddy’s Pump Competition

In 2022, The Front Climbing Club decided to champion competitive climbers off the bouldering wall. Thus began the first St. Paddy’s Pump. This competition was created to bring together hobbyists, new, and seasoned climbers for a day of friendly competition and engagement with the Utah climbing community.

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