Dark Horse 2016


Nothing screams bouldering season like temps dropping and days getting shorter …

And accordingly, MetroRock’s seventh year of the Dark Horse Bouldering Series starts this upcoming weekend, which means the country’s most talented and ambitious bouldering fiends are about to emerge onto the scene.

In this thrilling four competition series—made up of three qualifying rounds and a culminating Championship round—professional climbers will yet again battle the boulders to secure one of six spots for an opportunity to become the 2016 Dark Horse Champion.

2015 Dark Horse Champions 2015 Dark Horse Champions

Uniquely, each of the Dark Horse competitions in the series involves a redpoint round, which gives climbers an opportunity to secure a spot in finals and a chance to qualify for the Championship round.

Stoke-inducing highlights from last season’s championship round:

But what about me? Can I take part in the Dark Horse Competition Series?

You betcha! Whether you’re a youth, junior, professional, or recreational climber—the Dark Horse Series offers an opportunity for you to compete and experience MetroRock’s world-class setting.

And with the first round taking place on October 10, 2015 (this upcoming weekend!) it’s still not too late to register!

Dark Horse Competition

Dark Horse Competition


The Dark Horse Bouldering Series Season 7 Schedule

With events taking place from fall through winter, there will be no shortage of incredible climbing action to catch this year. So, be sure to compete, attend, or stay tuned to the footage at at least one of these rounds of the Season 7 Series:

Dark Horse #1: 10/10/15, Burlington, VT

Dark Horse #2: 11/21/2015, Newburyport, MA

Dark Horse #3: 12/19/2015, Everett, MA

Dark Horse Championship: 1/23/2016, Everett, MA

Alex Puccio at Dark Horse

All photos: Garrick Kwan

For more details, visit darkhorseseries.com and check out the Dark Horse Bouldering Series Facebook page.