Answers To Frequently Asked Questions

How do I pick a competition category?

Please be as fair as possible in judging your own abilities to compete in the appropriate category. Anyone we deem to be in an unfair category will be bumped up to the next category of difficulty before announcing the results.

Youth may sign up for any category, but your participation will not count toward your USAC requirements unless you compete in the USAC morning session.

If you would like to request a category change after registering, please contact pbr [at] Please note that you may NOT change your category after September 24th.

What is the competition format?

USAC, Session 1 & Session 2 are Red Point Style. Each boulder problem has a unique point value commensurate to its level of difficulty. Points are gained only if the climb is completed. Competitors may attempt climbs as many times as they like.

The top 5 climbs count toward your score. Flashes and number of attempts will be taken into account for tie-breakers.

The rules meeting held 15 minutes prior to the start of each climbing session will go over more rules in detail. This meeting is required to ensure a safe and fair competition.

Finals consists of the top 6 men and the top 6 women from the Open category. The cash purse only pays out to the top 5 competitors. Finalists receive a 2 minute preview before each problem, then they have 4 minutes per problem. Scoring – in order of importance – is based on tops, flashes, and percent complete.

What is your refund policy?
Full refunds will be allowed on a case-by-case basis if permission is requested before September 25, 2016. Refunds are not permitted after September 25, 2016. If you would like to request a refund, please contact pbr [at]
When do I get my raffle tickets and/or Finals tickets I purchased with registration?
You will receive ALL additional items purchased at registration during check-in.
What should I expect to do as a volunteer?
First off, thank you for your interest in volunteering. We couldn’t do it without you. We rely on volunteers primarily to judge during USAC, Session 1 & Session 2. You do NOT have to have previous judging experience – the volunteer meeting before each shift will go over everything you’ll need to know. Volunteer duties also include preparation assistance on Friday, festival assistance on Saturday, and teardown assistance on Sunday. Visit the Register tab to sign up!
Can I climb at The Circuit Tigard the week of PBR?
Competitors may NOT visit the Tigard gym the week leading up to PBR to ensure a fair competition. Need to get some training in that week? We’ve got your spot. The Northeast and Southwest Circuit gyms will be open and available to all competitors. Click on either gym name for address and directions.
How do I know if I won a raffle prize, and do you ship prizes?
Thanks for entering our event raffle! While you do not need to be present to win, we do not ship raffle prizes. Raffle winners will be contacted the week after the event and can pick up their raffle prizes at The Circuit Bouldering Gym Tigard anytime until October 31, 2016. After October 31, 2016 your raffle prize will be donated to a local charity.
Where should I stay if I’m coming from out of town?
(Information not yet updated for 2017)
First off, we’d like to be the first to say “Welcome to Portland!” If you’re traveling from afar you are welcome to join our hotel block at a the Holiday Inn Express South – Lake Oswego, located within walking distance from The Circuit Bouldering Gym Tigard. Directions HERE.
To reserve a room, simply call the Holiday Inn Express at (503) 620-2980, mention the “Portland Boulder Rally rooming block,” and you will receive our special discounted rate of $119/night for a double queen room. All reservations must be made before September 16, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available so be sure to contact the hotel as soon as possible.
Safe travels, and we look forward to seeing you at the Rally!
Where can I park?

There is ample parking available at The Circuit Tigard and neighboring businesses. The Circuit is also conveniently located on the TriMet bus line 76.

New Lyft users may also take advantage of our promo code “2016PBR” and get $50 in free ride credit. Enter the code in your app to redeem. If it does not redeem you may not be a new user.

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