Tuck Fest - U.S. National Whitewater Center

Deep Water Solo

Deep Water Solo

The Deep Water Solo Comp returns to Tuck Fest with a $15,000 cash purse up for grabs on the world’s first Deep Water Solo climbing complex. Qualifying and Seeding Rounds will take place on Friday followed by Finals on Saturday. In the Qualifying Round, climbers will be racing the clock to complete three qualifying routes. The top 16 male and female climbers will move on to the seeding round. In the Finals, climbers will compete head-to-head based on their seeding in a single elimination tournament style bracket. Fastest climber to the top of the wall will advance in each head-to-head round until a champion is crowned.

This competition has limited space available and features an application process which is in addition to Tuck Fest registration. 50 climbers of each gender will be selected and notified no later than April 10.

Friday, April 20 – Men’s & Women’s Qualifying 9:00 am
Friday, April 20 – Women’s Seeding 4:00 pm
Friday, April 20 – Women’s Open Gym 5:15 pm
Friday, April 20 – Men’s Seeding 6:30 pm
Friday, April 20 – Men’s Open Gym 8:15 pm
Saturday, April 21 – Women’s Finals 5:30 pm
Saturday, April 21 – Men’s Finals 7:30 pm

Selected participants should check in between 7:30-8:00 am on Friday morning at the Deep Water Solo complex.  There will be a mandatory competitors meeting at 8:15 am on Friday, April 20th. A more in depth look at the 2018 Deep Water Solo schedule, format and rules coming soon.

2017 Results

Routesetters

The U.S. National Whitewater Center is proud to present the 2018 Tuck Fest Routesetting Team. This year’s setters will be setting quality, varied and fair routes for Men’s and Women’s qualifying, seeding, and finals routes. They will oversee all aspects of routesetting for Tuck Fest’s Deep Water Solo Competition.

Mark Mercer – Chief Routesetter

Mark is a USA Climbing Level 5 Routesetter. With 15 years of setting experience, he has set for over 20 national and international competitions. His most recent focus has been setting for the adaptive community. Mark has been climbing since 2001 and particularly enjoys climbing (very) tall boulders, in the middle of nowhere, alone. Mark is the Head Routesetter at Aiguille Rock Climbing Center in Orlando, Florida.

Kasia Pietras – Assistant Routesetter

Kasia started to climb at the age of 8 in a small bouldering gym in Chicago (Hidden Peak). She has been competing since the age of 12 on a national and international level. After competing for a number of years she started turning some of her focus to setting. Within the last 3 years she’s helped set over 25 national level events. In 2007 she moved to Chattanooga for school and during her time in there, Kasia started to work at TBA (Tennessee Bouldering Authority) eventually becoming the general manager. Two years ago she become part owner of the gym and is psyched to keep the Chattanooga climbing community strong and powerful.

Aaron Davis – Assistant Routesetter

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Aaron is a familiar face to the region. He is the Head Routesetter for Cliff Hangers Climbing and Fitness in Mooresville, North Carolina. Aaron is a USA Climbing Level 4 Routesetter with 10 years of setting experience, having set at numerous national competitions. He has been setting commercially since 2007 and competitively since 2010. Aaron was one of two Chief Routesetters in the 2017 Tuck Fest DWS competition and is stoked to return and set in 2018.

Jason Romain – Assistant Routesetter

Jason started climbing about 20 years ago at his home gym, New Jersey Rock Gym. After spending a number of years climbing he started coaching for a USA Climbing Adaptive Team as well as judging numerous USAC comps. Jason has set routes at dozens of competitions over the years and began setting at the U.S. National Whitewater Center two years ago.

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