The Violet Crown

We’re excited to announce the inaugural year of The Violet Crown! This competition, named after Austin’s hills at sunset, will have a citizens comp and also be a part of USA Climbings National Cup Series. Check out below for more info!

Competition will be Live Streamed for FREE.

Citizen’s Comp Results

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*All volunteers will be receive a day pass for every hour they volunteer or 1mo for 5-hours.

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Includes exclusive access to the mezzanine and FREE alcohol from 7P – 10P. Nine Banded Whiskey will be tending to our VIPs, pouring delicious drinks! And FREE massages!

Citizens Comp Info

Saturday, Dec. 16

  • 9:00A – 10:00A | Session 1 Check-In
  • 9:45A – 10:00A | Rules Meeting
  • 10:00A – 1:00P | Session 1 Climbing
  • 1:00P – 2:00P | Rules Meeting
  • 2:00P – 5:00P | Session 2 Climbing
  • 6:30PM | Awards for Novice, Intermediate, and Advance

Upon registering, participants will select whether they want to compete:

Men: Beginner (vb-v3), Intermediate (v4-v6), Advance (v7+).

Women:  Beginner (vb-v2), Intermediate (v3-v5), Advanced (v6+).

Participants may climb on problems in other categories. Climbers will be allowed to climb one problem in the category above what they register. Climbing two problems in the above category will lead to the climber being “bumped up.” Sandbagging is not allowed, so please be sure to select the category that matches your climbing skills and not the category below.

We will be using the following rules for red-point format:

Climbers have 3 hours to climb and may attempt any problem. To attempt a problem climbers will give their scorecard to a competition judge and wait for them to call their name. Climbers are limited to one attempt and then must “get back in line.”

Judges will only initial a scorecard if the problem is completed. Without a judge’s initial, a route is not complete.

Problems finish either on a taped finish hold, or at the top of the wall if there is no taped finish hold.

To complete a problem, climbers must complete the following steps:

  • Climbers must establish themselves on the designated start holds before moving to the next holds
  • While on the problem, climbers may only touch the holds of that problems color. Arêtes and volumes may be used at any time on any problem
  • Climbers must finish the problem by establishing WITH BOTH HANDS the designated finish
  • Judges must give confirmation that the climb has been finished before the competitor leaves the finish hold

Climbing sessions end after 3 hours. Only climbers who are on the wall when the time expires are allowed to finish their attempt. No other attempts will be allowed after time has expired (even if a judge is holding scorecards).

The winning score will be determined, as follows:

    • Each problem will be given a point value
    • The competitor is given the full amount of points upon completion of the problem, no points are given unless problem is competed
    • Top five scores count towards your final score
    • Ties are broken with attempts to top on the top five problems climbed

Other Rules:

  • If a climber uses a hold that isn’t included in the problem they will be called down and the attempt will count as a fall.
  • Before starting a problem climbers may feel ONLY the start holds (no other holds may be touched).
  • No giving suggestions or coaching (“beta”) while a climber is on the wall. Strategy may only be discussed on the ground.
  • If a technical problem occurs (e.g. hold spins or breaks) competitors may return to the ground immediately to retry without the attempt being scored. If a climber continues to climb after a technical their attempt will be counted.
  • Use the down-climb jugs to descend climbing walls.  Use of a down-climb jugs at any other time will result in the climber being called down, and the attempt will be counted as a fall.
  • $33 – More Awesome Members
  • $40 – Awesome Members
  • $45 – Non-Members

Price increases $10 after 12/10

Open – National Cup Series Info

Violet Crown is part of the USA Climbing National Cup Series that includes four bouldering competitions hosted in USA Climbing partner gyms, each with a $10,000 cash purse. Each competition in the series will include a Redpoint Qualification round and an Onsight Final round. The top 8 competitors of each gender will advance to Finals and the top 30 will receive points towards a National Ranking where USA Climbing will award another $10,000 at the end of the series.


Friday, Dec. 15

6:45PM – 7:00PM | Rules Meeting

7:00PM – 10:00PM | Open Qualifiers (spectators welcome)

Saturday, Dec. 16

7:00PM – 7:30PM | Iso Check-in

8:00PM – end | Open Finals

The following Format & Rules Overview provides information on eligibility and format for the National Cups.  Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions or contact for additional information.


Any competitors 16 or older, by December 31st, 2017 are eligible to register and compete in the Open category, (refer to USAC Rule 5.10.3) with a 2016/2017 USA Climbing Competitor Membership.  Competitors may purchase a DAY-Membership ($10.00) if only competing in one National Cup competition, but must purchase a full USA Climbing Competitor Membership ($95.00) if competing in two or more, and competitors will only receive points towards the National Ranking (outlined below) if they have a USA Climbing Competitor Membership.  National Cups are open to all age-eligible competitors; there is no requirement to compete in order to qualify for the Bouldering Open National Championship.  However, USA Climbing will offer free registration to the National Championship for any Open competitor that competes in all National Cups and any Open competitor that wins one or more National Cup(s).

Qualification & Final Round

Open competitors shall compete in a Qualification round on the Friday of the event weekend (or in a separately scheduled round, if on Saturday) in a Redpoint format following USA Climbing Rule 5.4.4.

The top 8 Open competitors shall advance to the Final round in the National Cups.  The Final round will be run with a 5-minute on / 5-minute off timing structure.  Rules meetings will be run by a Chief Judge in advance of each round at each National Cup.

National Cup Onsite Finals Scoring

As per USA Climbing Rule 14.1, in the interest of developing greater opportunities for adult competitors and exploring organizational and rules concepts that USA Climbing may study and assess as the sport of competition climbing evolves, the National Cup Series will use a finals scoring & ranking format that diverges from the existing Bouldering rules in the USA Climbing Rulebook.

The scoring for the FINAL rounds of the National Cups will be a new scoring format successfully used at numerous major adult non-sanctioned competitions with large prize purses and competitive fields in 2015-2016, including the Mesa Rim Summer Comp (Aug, 2015), Stone Gardens ProAM (Oct, 2015), the Di’namik Competition (Jan, 2016), and the Bend Boulder Bash (July, 2016).

Finals Scoring and Ranking Summary

Ranking performance in climbing competitions is difficult regardless of format and this multi-zone format is intended to simplify the scoring of each boulder problem and the round of competition while recording three important factors – TOPS, ZONES, and FALLS.  Each of these factors contributes to a competitor’s final score, reflected in a single number, with a 100-POINT score being the best possible result in a Final round of four boulder problems.  This multi-zone method is intended to provide clarity and simplicity for competitor and spectator alike, presenting competitors’ results in the form of a single number and creating the opportunity for a “perfect score” of 100, while maintaining the importance in scoring bouldering competitions of completion (TOPS), making significant and variably measured progress (ZONES), and to achieve completion and/or progress in the least number of attempts (FALLS).

TOPS = 25 points
Completing a problem on the first attempt equals 25 points. Flashing all four is a perfect score of 100.

ZONES = 5 points each
Three ZONE holds are marked in each PROBLEM and each ZONE is worth 5 points.Control the first zone and you receive 5 points; the second, 10; and the third, 15.

FALLS = .10 point deduction(s)
A deduction of .10 point(s) for the total FALLS taken to reach the competitors highest point in each problem (either TOP or highest ZONE)


In the event two or more competitors are tied with the same total score, the tie shall be broken based on the competitors’ total number of tops, then total number of flashes.  The competitor with the greatest number of tops shall receive the higher placement, and if equal tops, then the competitor with the greatest number of flashes shall receive the higher placement.  If ties cannot be broken in this manner, then the total number of falls recorded to the competitor’s highest zone(s) will break the tie, with the competitor with the lower number of attempts to highest zone(s) receiving the higher placement.  If neither of these two factors can break the tie, it shall be broken by countback to the Qualification Round, and lastly, with a Super Final round.


As per USA Climbing Rule 11, there will be a 20-minute appeals window following the posting of Qualification results, and a 10-minute appeal window following the posting of Finals results.  If a competitor believes an error has been made they must file a formal appeal (in writing, accompanied by $100.00 appeal fee) to the Chief Judge and the appeals process will follow the rules detailed in section 11.

*Please note, as the only competition on which USA Climbing bases selection of its National Team, the Bouldering Open National Championships will be run with the format outlined by the USA Climbing Rulebook.  As in 2015 – 2016, the competition will have an Onsight Qualification, Semifinal and Final (top 6), and will be scored using the existing USA Climbing scoring and ranking system for Bouldering outlined in Rule 8.4.

If you have questions about the format or rules for the National Cups, please see Frequently Asked Questions or contact


Competitors may register for the Open category at National Cups through the links provided on the individual National Cup pages of this website; the cost is $75.00 per competitor.

Violet Crowns registration is now OPEN! Register here.

Prize Purse

A $10,000 cash purse will be awarded for each competition with individual payouts, male and female:

2nd 3rd  4th  5th 6th 7th  8th
 $1500  $1200  $800  $500  $400  $300  $200  $100

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Cancellation: Cancellation of guest rooms requested by 4pm on day of arrival or will be subject to one night room and tax charge.

Check In/Check Out:

  • Check in time is 3:00pm
  • Check out time is 12:00pm
    Rooms that are not vacated by 12:00pm on the day of departure will be subject to a late check out fee.

Airport Pickup: Call (512) 448-2444

  • Tell the Front Desk agent that you have arrived at the airport and you need shuttle service to the hotel.
  • Meet the Hotel’s shuttle van outside on the upper level near Delta Airlines and “Hotel Shuttles” sign and waiting area.
  • It will take us 20-30 minutes from the time of your call to arrive.

Parking: Complimentary Self Parking on Property

Pet Friendly: This hotel has pet friendly rooms on our 1st floor in standard accommodations; there is a fee of $50 per stay/per pet.

Internet: Complimentary Wired and Wireless throughout the hotel.