The Triple Crown of Bouldering serves triple duty. It’s a competition, a fundraiser for climbing access, and a brand expo for consumers. It began in the early 2000s when access to bouldering locations was closing quickly around the Southeast. To attain and retain access, the Triple Crown was established to support the work of the Southeastern Climbers’ Coalition and The Carolina Climbers’ Coalition.
The comps take place at some of the premier bouldering locations in the region: Hound Ears, in Boone North Carolina; Stone Fort, in Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Horse Pens 40, in Steele, Alabama. Climbers can compete in one or all three for the series, and the competition is for real. Though a festival atmosphere pops up around them, the competitors are undeniably in it to win it.
Spectators should check in with organizers to ensure space and camping availability, as some locations are limited.
Photo by Dennis Barnes