Gaba Cup 2020

[update July 2020]

All Gaba Cup 2020 participants may now collect their competition shirts at the front desk.

In light of government restrictions, The Gaba Cup 2020 Finals is postponed until further notice. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.



Here are some of the most frequently asked questions on Gaba Cup. This list will be updated periodically.


Who is eligible to join Gaba Cup?

Age 13 years old and above. Climbers between ages 13 - 17 require a guardian to sign an additional waiver form.

Who is not eligible to join Gaba Cup?

Climbers who are National or State representatives (current or past), National Routesetters, or have previously participated in the Open, Intermediate categories or have been a Novice competition finalist.

How do I register for this competition?

You may sign up at

When does registration close?

Registration closes on 1st March 2020, at 2359hrs. Late registration will not be entertained. If you have made payment already, please ensure that you also register for the competition.

How do I make payment for the competition?

You may make payment over the counter at BUMP Bouldering. All payments must be received by 1st March 2020, 2300hrs. Late payment for the competition will nullify the registration.

Friends/family members are allowed to pay for the registration.

How much is the registration fee?

Pay by 19 February 2020, 2300hrs RM30 (early bird price)
Pay between 20 February - 1 March 2020, 2300hrs RM45


Do I still have to pay for entry into BUMP Bouldering to participate?

During qualification days, you will have to pay for entry separately to compete.

If you are a finalist, you will not have to pay for entry on the day of finals, 21 March 2020.

Do I have to pay for entry if I am just watching the finals?

No, entry to watch finals on 21 March 2020 will be free of charge. However, you will have to register at the front counter before coming into the facility. If you intend to climb afterwards, please ensure that you pay for entry for the day.

I can only make it for one of the qualifying weeks. Can I still join?

Yes you can still participate in the competition. However, if your score does not rank within the top 8, you will not be able to participate in the finals.

When do we get the Gaba Cup Competition T-shirts?

All competition t-shirts will be given out at the finals, 21st March 2020.

If you cannot make it for finals (competing or viewing), we will pass the t-shirt to you the next time you sign in at BUMP Bouldering.


Qualification Format

Qualification will be held over 2 weeks with a total of 20 boulders.

Week 1 (2 March to 6 March 2020) - 10 Boulders

Week 2 (9 March to 13 March 2020) - 10 Boulders

Scorecards can be collected at the Front Desk of BUMP Bouldering during any qualification days. Upon collecting your scorecard, you must complete and submit your scorecard within the same day.

To score points for the route, you must successfully top the route from ground up with no assistance or deviation. The participant must use the designated start holds to begin each attempt.

A top is counted when you have matched both hands on the top hold in a controlled manner for 3 seconds.

A witness must sign off on your scorecard immediately for the score to be valid. The witness must be a member of BUMP Bouldering in order to validate your score.

Your score will be tabulated by BUMP Bouldering, and published at the start of the next week.

The top scoring 8 participants of each gender will be taken into finals. In the event of a tie in score, the submission times will be taken into consideration to determine the ranking.

Total qualification results will be posted on 16 March 2020, and finalists will be notified.

I lost my scorecard, can I get a replacement?

Scorecards can be replaced for an administration fee of RM50.

I think my score has been tabulated wrongly. How do I make an appeal?

At the beginning of the following weeks (9 March and 16 March 2020), results will be released. You will have 2 days to submit an appeal to request for results to be reviewed.

When will finals be held?

Finals will be held on 21 March 2020, time TBA.

What if I cannot make it for the date of the finals?

Please notify us that you are unable to make it by 18 March 2020. Your slot will be given to the next ranking person. You are not allowed to elect a replacement for your slot.


Finals Format

Finals will be rotational onsight format, with 4 minutes of climbing, followed by 4 minutes rest. There will be a total of 3 boulders per category.

As a finalist, you are not permitted to watch other climbers as they make their attempts on the boulders.

Rules and regulations for finalist

Finalists must report to the isolation area before the designated close time.

You may carry your personal belongings with you. No phones are allowed to be used during isolation time.

You will be given a scorecard for the finals to be passed to judges before you begin your attempts. To facilitate scoring, please double check your score with the judge at the end of your rotation before moving on to the next boulder. All appeals must be made on the spot.

You will have 4 minutes for each rotation to complete the boulder.

Ranking will take into account (in order of priority) - total number of tops, total number of zones, attempts taken to top and attempts taken to zones.

An attempt begins when you have lifted off the ground.

You must use all four designated points on the wall to successfully begin an attempt.

In order to be scored for a zone, you must hold and control it. Touching a zone hold does not give you the score.

In order to be scored for a top, you must hold the top hold with both hands in a controlled manner for 3 seconds.

There may be boundary tapes (marked with black) on the wall. Touching the boundary tape, or touching the wall outside the marked boundary will score as 1 attempt, and you will be asked to come off the boulder.

T-nut holes and screw holes on the wall, volumes and holds are not allowed to be used.

Shouting, screaming or any uncivil behavior may disqualify you from the competition.


If I join Gaba Cup, can I still join other novice competitions?

Gaba Cup is a community competition. It is not a ranking competition. Hence, we believe that Gaba Cup would not disqualify you from joining other novice competition.

However, we do not set the rules of other novice competitions outside BUMP Bouldering. The competition organizers reserve the rights to deny any climber from participating at their own discretion.