BRING THE HEAT
Hotter Than Chicken is a standard bouldering competition with a spicy twist. For every piece of Hot Chicken (or vegetarian equivalent) you eat, you're climbing score will be multiplied. Will the hot chicken help you earn extra points or will it be detrimental to your climbing? Who knows? There is only one way to find out!
It's horrible, hilarious, fun and like nothing else you've ever experienced. After the competition, competitors enjoy a wild block party complete with games, beer, food, and music as they prepare to watch the Open Final Showdown complete with lights, a DJ, surprises and some of the best routesetting in the nation.
This event has become so iconic and fun Nashville's Mayor David Briley proclaimed the first Saturday in August "Hotter than Chicken" Day in Nashville, in perpetuity!
“I, David Briley, Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, do hereby proclaim the first Saturday in August as Hotter Than Chicken Day throughout the City of Nashville and Davidson County, and encourage all citizens to recognize and celebrate this special day of competition.”
Female and Male Competitors are divided based on ability and compete in one of the following divisions.
Competitors may choose to participate in the 15 minute hot chicken eating (or vegetarian option) window where they will be granted an opportunity to eat as many hot tenders as they can in an attempt to multiply their climbing score...without anything to drink.
Immediately following the eating window, competitors will be granted 2.5 hours to climb their hearts out. Competitors will be scored on their top 5 ascents.
Male | V8+
Female | V6+
Open competitors will participate in a qualification round on Saturday morning (hot chicken eating will not be involved in this portion of the competition) for a chance to participate in the Fire Finals on Saturday night in front of a raging crowd.
The format for this finals is unlike any anyone has ever seen. Yes, there is chicken involved. The top 5 male and female competitors from Saturday morning's qualification round will advance to the fire finals.
$8000 CASH PURSE AND OVER 15K IN PRIZES!
The male and female HTC champions will take home $2000 in cash along with their very own ClimbAxe - an axe custom crafted by Climb Nashville Member Adam Fisher right here in Nashville, TN. With a head forged from mid-century steel, a handle made of 100% Tennessee Hickory, and a wedge of 3,000 year old fossilized Irish bog-wood, these axes are representative of the steel nerves and fiery spirit demanded of an HTC champion.
All other Fire Finalists will take home their share of the cash purse and the top three redpoint round winners in each category will nab their share of the $15k in prizes provided by Black Diamond and other sponsors.