Mesa Rim ProAm

Mesa Rim ProAm General FAQ’s

Whether competing or spectating, we’re glad you’re joining us as we celebrate bouldering and our talented community at the biggest and highest profile bouldering competition in Southern California history at our new Mesa Rim Climbing Training Center – the Mesa Rim Pro-Am!


What is the ProAm Entry Fee? How Do I Register?

USAC National Cup Series – Mesa Rim ProAm
November 11th & 12th, 2016 at Mesa Rim Climbing Training Center (10070 Mesa Rim Rd., San Diego, CA, 92121)

Open • $75 (Register on the USA Climbing Website ONLY)
Citizen, Collegiate, Adaptive • $30 pre-reg | $50 day-of (Register on the Competitions Page)
Spectators • $5

Open – $10,000 Cash Purse + Trophy
Citizen, Collegiate, Adaptive – Gear Prizes

What is the ProAm Schedule?

Open Category: Redpoint Qualifier round + Onsight Final round
Citizens, Collegiate, Adaptive: Single Redpoint Round

FRIDAY // November 11th
OPEN Competitor Qualification Redpoint
5pm – Check in opens
6:15pm – Rules meeting
6:30pm – 10pm- Competition

SATURDAY // November 12th
11:00am – Check in opens
12:00pm – Rules Meeting
12:30pm-4:00pm – Competition
5:30pm Citizens, Collegiate, Adaptive Awards

4:00pm-7:00pm – Beer garden + food + vendors

OPEN Competitor Onsight Final
5:30pm-6:30pm – ISO checkin window – closes promptly at 6:30pm
7:00pm-9:00pm – Competition
9:30pm – Open Awards

Competitors are welcome to arrive and start warming up in the main facility (10110 Mesa Rim Rd) at their convenience prior to the redpoint round on Friday evening.

What categories are in the Citizens Competition of the ProAm?

There are multiple categories for the Citizens Competition. Check them out and select the best one for you!

Beginner – V0-V2
Intermediate – V2-V4
Advanced – V4-V6 (If you climb v7 or harder, enroll in the Open Category via USAC)
Adaptive – This is not a USAC sanctioned comp.
Masters – Ages 35+
Collegiate – The ProAm is a USAC Collegiate sanctioned comp.

How they function:
• Participants will self-select at the time of registration.
• All the citizen categories will compete at the same time (12:30-4pm on Saturday)

Can anybody compete?

Just about! Check out the categories listed above for details. Climbers ages 7 years and above are invited to compete in the Citizens competition. Get psyched! People of all ages will be competing with one another throughout the categories!

How much is the cash prize for winners of the ProAm Finals?

We thought you’d ask! The Open cash purse ($10,000!) will be paid out through 8th place (between both genders).

How is the Citizens, Collegiate, & Adaptive competitions being scored?

The Citizens, Collegiate, and Adaptive competitions will be redpoint format. The redpoint competitions will consist of a variety of boulder problems and each problem will be worth a specific number of points based on the route difficulty. Competitors choose which routes to attempt in the time allowed. The top 5 (in difficulty) boulders completed will be scored.

How is the Open Category of the ProAm being scored?

Qualification redpoint = Top 5 completed
Onsight Finals = 3 Zone 100 Point System


Can Mesa Rim recommend a hotel for my stay?

Glad you asked! We have 20 rooms reserved at a rate of $139/night + tax:

Staybridge Suites Mira Mesa
6639 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121

To make reservations, participants can call 858-453-5343 and mention the group code: MRC.
*Note: This rate is valid now until November, 3rd. Any reservations made after 11/3/16 will not be guaranteed this rate.


Where should I eat?

San Diego is known for some of the best Mexican food and burritos in the country (and in our opinion!), and also hosts a ton of awesome places to eat. Here are some of our favorites as locals:

Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill – 3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103

Board & Brew – 1212 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014

The Crack Shack – 2266 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Happy Sushi – Mesa Shopping Center, 8973 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92126

Hodad’s – 5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

Lucha Libre Taco Shop – 1810 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103

Nico’s Mexican Food – 4918 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

Soda & Swine – 2943 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

What breweries should I check out?

Innovative craft beers aren’t hard to find in San Diego. With plenty of award winning breweries in town, enjoy a great beer after a great day of climbing or exploring.

AleSmith Brewing Co. – 9990 AleSmith Ct, San Diego, CA 92126

Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits – 9045 Carroll Way, San Diego, CA 92121

Barleymash – 600 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Green Flash Brewing Co. – 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121

Mike Hess Brewing – 7955 Silverton Ave #1201, San Diego, CA 92126

Saint Archer Brewing – 9550 Distribution Ave, San Diego, CA 92121

Tiger!Tiger! – 3025 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

Waypoint Public – 3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

I want to climb outside. Where are the local crags?

Finding its way on “best climbing” lists every year, San Diego is home to high-quality climbing for sure:

El Cajon Mountain – The approach is worth it. We promise Leonids (5.9) won’t disappoint.

Mission Gorge – Known for its amazing sunset view hikes, Mission Gorge boasts some single pitch and multi-pitch moderates.

Mt. Woodson – Mostly bouldering, but you can find some trad and sport gems as well.

Santee Boulders – A walk-right-up approach bouldering area – hopefully the heat doesn’t get you down!

Outside San Diego
Black Mountain
Culp Valley
Holcomb Valley
Joshua Tree

What San Diego activities do you recommend?

A couple of reasons we love San Diego are the enormous amount of activities and endless coastline to explore! If you have time before or after the Mesa Rim ProAm, these places are recommended to check out:

Balboa Park
Cabrillo National Monument
Gaslamp Quarter
Hotel Del Coronado
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Farmer’s Market (Little Italy – Sat 8a-2p, Hillcrest – Sun 9a-2p, North Park – Thu 3p-7p)
Seaport Village
Torrey Pines Glider Port
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum