When we first heard the term “Psicobloc”, images of some kind of rap group or cell block in a maximum security prison came to mind. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Started in the beautiful coastal region of Majorca Spain & coined by Miquel Riera, it translates into “Psycho Bouldering.” Hanging 50-70 feet from a rock face with only a pool of water such as an ocean, lake or deep river as your safety net – the term fits! In the climbing world, it’s also known as Deep Water Soloing & considered the purest form of this type of activity. And, if you’re in Park City this weekend, it’s your chance to see it LIVE and in person!
2017 Psicobloc Masters Series
The Psicobloc Masters Series draws star athletes from around the world. From Maui or Portugal, athletes descend upon Utah to compete at the beautiful Utah Olympic Park in Park City.
July 26th – Qualifying
On the first day of the series, anyone can get a shot at competing with the best in the world. The four fastest competitors for each gender are then invited to join the pros on Thursday for the seeding event.
July 27th – Seeding
From 7-10 pm, 16 men & 16 women will attempt to climb the wall multiple times in determining their seeding for the Finals. Climbing begin at 7 pm and goes all the way until 10 pm.
Adult General Admission for Thursday: $15
July 28th – Finals
The main event will put the top 16 men & top 16 women climbers face-to-face in a battle royal with over $20K on the line!
What if you can’t make it?
If you can’t make it, you can watch it live or better yet… Do you want to try Psicobloc in person? Well, here are two amazing natural location ski-towns in North America to do just that.
Whistler, British Columbia
Located halfway between Squamish & Whistler are the Heaven’s 30 foot overhanging granite walls on the Cheakamus River. The water might be cold, but being next to Whistler means you have access to hot summer time fun. From summer glacier skiing to mountain biking and awesome cuisine, there’s something for your entire crew even if you’re the only one climbing.
Just ten miles from Aspen, the Devil’s Punch Bowl is a great option. This pool of icy water on the Roaring Fork River is surrounded by granite walls giving access to multiple levels of climbers with coarse rock on one side and water-polished on the other. Similar to Whistler, you have access to a plethora of other summer time fun with awesome off-roading, river surfing, soaking in hot springs or even five-star dining.