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Triple Crown Southeastern Bouldering Series

 

( We have recently added a lot of information and useful tips to this page. Some information has been copied from other HP40 info sources and may be a bit repetitive, but only in order to provide more details.

Please scroll and read all the way down to the bottom of the page for lots of important and very useful information !!! )

 
 
 
The Schultz Family
and the Staff of
Horse Pens 40
 
welcomes the
 
Triple Crown
Southeastern Bouldering Series
 
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
 
(but the fun goes on all weekend long !!)
 

Horse Pens 40

is proud to welcome the

Triple Crown

Southeastern Bouldering Series,

One of the largest and most prestigious bouldering competitions in the world.

For more info on this event and for a list of the generous sponsors that make this event possible, go to the Triple Crown website at: http://www.triplecrownbouldering.org,


Be sure to check the Triple Crown Sponsors page: http://www.triplecrownbouldering.org/sponsors.htm

Remember to support these sponsors, as they are the ones who are supporting your bouldering events.  

 

Triple Crown Competitor passes begin Saturday at 8am and end at sundown Sunday. Saturday day use and Sat. night camping for competitors are included in your comp entry fee.

Competitors arriving on Friday will need to sign in upon arrival and pay the camping fee for Friday night.

Spectators:

Weekend spectator passes will begin at sundown Friday and end at sundown Sunday, and include camping Fri. and Sat. night.

Saturday Spectator admission passes begin Saturday at 8am and end Sunday at sundown and include Sat. night camping.


All admission and camping prices for this event are at or below our normal HP40 winter rates, which means the comp and all of the special events associated with it are included in the HP40 admission prices for FREE!

 

NO CREDIT CARD PROCESSING WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT ! !

CASH ONLY WILL BE ACCEPTED ! !

BRING CASH ! !

Event admissions, parking passes, food and etc. from vendors, and more will ALL REQUIRE PAYMENT IN CASH ONLY as there will be no credit card machines available.

The nearest ATM is 5 miles away at I-59 exit 166...So BRING CASH or enjoy the ride. It is a very nice drive...

The Saturday spectator pass is $20 per person and covers you from 8am Saturday until sundown Sunday. (One day use fee plus one night camping = $23.00 value)

 (THIS IS THE SAME PRICE THAT WE CHARGED AT THE VERY FIRST TRIPLE CROWN IN 2003, when gasoline was $1.25 per gallon, and all other prices in general were less than 1/3 what they are today. Also this is even less than our normal winter rate for the time allowed. So not only are you getting a very special rate for a very special event, we are actually paying you to come  !

Enjoy it while it lasts as we will not be able to continue this insanity forever !!!

This includes spectator admission to the comp, admission to the award ceremony, swag giveaways, FREE BEER, any other special events that they have planned, camping and climbing on Saturday night, and climbing until sundown on Sunday.

(Spectator climbing will be restricted during the comp on Saturday.)

WEEKEND SPECTATOR PASS:

The Weekend Spectator Pass is only $30.00 and includes 2 nights of camping  (Fri. and Sat. nights), 2 days of bouldering (Sat. and Sun) and covers you from sundown Friday until sundown Sunday, This includes camping and climbing Friday night, spectator admission to the comp Saturday, including admission to the award ceremony, swag giveaways, FREE BEER, any other special events that they have planned, camping and climbing on Saturday night, and climbing until sundown on Sunday. Spectator climbing will be allowed all night on Friday, after the comp on Saturday and all through the night, and all day Sunday til sundown. Spectator climbing will be restricted during the actual comp hours on Saturday.

This means you get camping and climbing on Friday night for only $10.00 more than a Saturday Spectator pass !

 This is the same rate that we charged years ago and you don't even have to invent a time machine to get it! Take advantage of it while it lasts as I can feel myself coming to my senses any time now !

NO PARTIAL REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN ON WEEKEND SPECTATOR PASSES OR SATURDAY SPECTATOR PASSES...WHETHER YOU ARE CAMPING OR NOT.

Our previous partial refund policy has been criticized by some for encouraging people to leave after the party on Sat. night. Once the free beer starts flowing, we do not wish to be responsible for your leaving late Sat. night (after climbing, partying, drinking, etc.) and trying to negotiate the very dangerous twisty mountain roads on your way back to civilization.

We strongly urge you to stay on the mountain and camp safely here with us. Climb til you bleed, party, socialize, sit around the campfire telling gory sloper tales, nurse that ragged flapper, or whatever, just don't try to drive down the mountain after you have had a beer (or more). PLEASE DRINK IN MODERATION!

COMPETITORS:

Your Triple Crown competition entry fee covers the HP40 Saturday day user fee and all camping fees for Saturday night until Sunday sundown. 

For those competitors arriving on Friday:
You will be required to pay $15 (cash only) for Friday night camping at the Admission Gate or Camp Store upon arrival.

For those arriving on Saturday:
You must stop at the HP40 Admission Gate to sign the HP40 waiver and to receive an HP40 armband. The  organizers of the Triple Crown (the notorious Jim Horton, Chad Wykle, and others whose names are withheld to protect the innocent) have generously offered to pay for your Saturday day use and camping, which includes the awards ceremony, swag, party, FREE BEER, and everything else that is planned for Saturday night.

Once the beer starts flowing, we advise against your leaving late Sat. night (after partying, etc.) and trying to negotiate the very dangerous twisty mountain roads on your way back to civilization. If you are staying for the award ceremony Saturday night, you should plan to stay the night to avoid trying to get off the mountain after consuming alcohol. If you decide to leave after the party, PLEASE have a sober driver and understand that you do so AT YOUR OWN RISK, and without our encouragement and against our advice.

We will do everything we can do to discourage you from leaving if you are driving and have had too much to drink!!

CAMPGROUND PARKING PASSES -

NOTICE: A limited number of campground parking passes will be available at the admission gate for $20.00.

You may park for FREE in the large field OUTSIDE THE MIDDLE GATE.  

These are parking passes only, and do not allow moving of the vehicle during the event. If you drive around inside the campground, your parking pass will be revoked and you will have to park in the FREE PARKING AREA or leave the park,

These are parking passes ONLY, not "driving around in the park" passes...

HP40 parking pass policies are intended to enhance safety, increase camping space, and reduce vehicular impact in the camping areas. If you drive around inside the campground or leave the park, your parking pass will be revoked, and you will not be allowed to re-enter the campground. THIS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

We really would like for you to use the free parking and help save the impact on the park, but we do offer you the option to park inside the campground if you feel it is absolutely necessary.
 
Unloading at your campsite will be done by purchasing a $20 parking pass at the gate, going to your campsite and unloading, then returning the vehicle to the front lot within about 30 minutes or so, turning in the pass at the gate for a refund. NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE CAMPGROUND WITHOUT A PARKING PASS!

Please do not drink and drive inside the campground under any circumstances.
You will be held fully responsible for any damage that you cause at HP40.
 
We are usually willing to put up with responsible drinking, if you leave out the driving, the injuries, the damages, the puking, and the passing out part.
 
Some of you in the past have chosen to save the parking fee and sleep in the front parking lot. We normally don't allow people to camp in the front field, but we don't mind at bigger events because it helps with the traffic and reduces wear and tear on the campground. Just remember to get an armband, as armbands are required to be worn everywhere on HP40 property this weekend. 
 
IF YOU SLEEP IN THE FRONT LOT,
YOU MUST HAVE AN ARMBAND,
OR I WILL LESS THAN CHEERFULLY
WAKE YOU UP AT 3AM
 AND MAKE YOU GET ONE.
 
Get an armband upon arrival and save us all some trouble. Thanks.
 
 
There will be 
NO CAMPFIRES ALLOWED IN THE FRONT PARKING LOT
under any circumstances. 
 
Read that statement again, and heed it well.

ARMBANDS MUST BE WORN BY ALL GUESTS AT ALL TIMES during the period from sundown Friday until sundown Sunday, AND SHOULD REMAIN VISIBLE at all times.

Armband security will be strictly enforced ! !

A lost armband is lost money, and a new one must be purchased in order to remain in the park.

BRING CASH -- Event admissions, parking passes, food and etc. from vendors, and more will require payment in CASH ONLY as there will be no credit card machines available. The nearest ATM is 5 miles away at I-59 exit 166...So BRING CASH or enjoy the ride. It is a very pretty drive, and the leaves are beautiful...

 

More information on this event and HP40:

 

The Schultz Family and the Staff of HP40

would like to welcome all of our guests, both participants and spectators, to this wonderful and exciting event.

It features a world-class bouldering competition with a unique annual social gathering of boulderers from throughout the US and all around the world, all held in the only place in which it could be done so well.

This year, we are the third leg of the new four round competition with prizes for the winners, and lots of swag for all. This event attracts hundreds of world-class competitors and also hundreds of interested spectators and relatives as well.

This easy spectator access is only available here at HP40, and is made possible by the convenient location of the boulderfield directly adjacent to the large campground, along with the ample parking and HP40's festival-friendly facilities.

This unique situation is further enhanced by the hundreds of top-notch routes, naturally etched over many millions of years into the surface of some of the most ancient sandstone boulders in the world. And it also highlights the personal challenges, from subtle to extreme, that only the HP40 slopers can provide.

These factors combine to provide spectators and relatives the most convenient, most comfortable, and most enjoyable way of watching your favorite bouldering athlete compete in this very exciting and challenging event.

Good Luck to all who compete ! !

Everyone be safe, and have a GREAT TIME ! !

Please read all the way down to the bottom of the page for important information and tips !!!

HP40 also offers: 

A well-stocked country store with most everything that you might need: food (dairy, bread, meats, frozen foods, etc.), drinks, snacks, paper goods, picnic items, canned goods, personal items, camping items, fuel, and lots more. We also carry some gluten-free, soy, and organic products.

It also includes some bouldering items such as rental pads and shoes, chalk, chalk bags, pads, Climb On!(c) products, tape, salve, Red Bull(c), energy bars, and more.

Gina's and Ashley's Cafe, which features a diverse menu of quality food, carefully and professionally prepared to your order. At various times it features items such as Gina's humongous hand-patted 1/2 pound burgers, Veggie burgers, various sandwiches, fries, chicken fingers, nachos, and items as diverse as fried green tomatoes, turnip greens, beans, homemade cookies, and corn nuggets. It is high quality food that is cooked just for you and it is certainly worth the brief wait.

NOTE: Her famous humongus hamburgers will be available only at certain less busy times due to the time (~15 min) that it takes to prepare them.

(1/2 pound, custom cut Black Angus, lean 100% ground chuck, hand patted, cooked fresh, and made to your order any way you want em).

Ask Gina or Ashley at the order window and they will let you know when they will be available. Good luck.

New Items Include:  Grilled Chicken Wraps, Beans, Greens, and Cornbread, Southern Farm-raised Catfish Fillets, Homemade Chicken Salad, Homemade Chili, Homemade Soups and Stews, (Some are even vegetarian-friendly.)

When the girls get up early: Homemade biscuits, (sausage, ham, or gravy), breakfast wraps, pancakes (available with organically grown blueberries), sausage, ham, bacon and who knows what else. They even offer a vegeterian breakfast!

 

ALSO:

Clean restrooms - (with free hot water showers for our overnight guests). Porta-Johns will also be available throughout the campground for your convenience.

 

A Spacious campground with plenty of room, 30 amp elec/water hookups for RV's, and drinking/washing water available at hydrants throughout most of the campground. Campfire rings, picnic tables, BBQ grills, and more are available throughout the campground as well.

 

Rustic Cabins- We have 8 small rustic cabins available for reservation. More info on them is available on our Rustic Cabins Page.

NOTE: ALL CABINS ARE ALREADY RESERVED FOR THIS YEARS EVENT!! You must reserve early to get a cabin at all special events. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Firewood is available for sale here, or you are welcome to bring your own disease-free and insect-free firewood. NO PALLETS OR OTHER SCRAP LUMBER CAN BE BURNED AT HP40 due to chemical preservatives and nails they may contain.

NO FIREWOOD COLLECTION IS ALLOWED AT HP40.

HP40 is a"LEAVE NO TRACE" nature park.

NOTE:  Any unattended fire will be extinguished by HP40 Staff.



REMEMBER: BRING NO GLASS TO HP40!!

Glass is prohibited at any time at HP40,
EXCEPT IN OUR DUMPSTER !!
 
 
And remember...
 

THERE ARE NO PETS ALLOWED AT HP40 !!

WHILE WE LOVE DOGS (we have 5), WE LOVE YOUR DOGS AT YOUR HOUSE.

And while dogs make wonderful, faithful, and loyal companions, our guests' dogs can really make no positive contribution to a nature park and to the plants and wildlife that inhabit it. So, for the safety and well-being of all of the inhabitants of Horse Pens 40,

PLEASE LEAVE YOUR PETS AT HOME !!

 
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The speed limit is
5MPH
(walking speed)
inside the campground area,
and 10MPH outside the middle gate to the paved road,
and will be
VERY STRICTLY ENFORCED
for the safety of our valued guests, our unruly children and our old, blind, and lame horses. 
 
PLEASE SLOW DOWN
WHILE YOU ARE AT HP40 !!!
 
The child or horse whose life you save might be worth an extra couple of minutes of your time.

 
 PLEASE SLOW DOWN
while visiting HP40 !!!

 

ALSO:

Do not leave any fire unattended even for a moment.

Any unattended fire will be extinguished by HP40 staff.

We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

 

FIREWOOD COLLECTION INSIDE THE PARK IS PROHIBITED.

Due to the fact that decaying wood is crucial to the balance and well-being of the fragile mountain soil, we have been advised to stop the gathering of fallen wood in the natural areas of the park. 

In addition to this well-informed advice, because of the small amount of fallen wood that is available at this time in the park, and the damage from the human impact that has been occurring to the natural areas in the usually futile search for adequate firewood to keep a campfire going, we have agreed to  ban the collection of firewood inside the park.

You are always encouraged to bring your own firewood, or we will sell you some and deliver it to your campsite for only $6.00 for 8-9 split pieces

 

Legal notice: HP40 management and staff reserves the right, solely at their discretion, to refuse, curtail, revoke, or deny any admission, discount, or service to anyone at any time, for any reason, with no reason required to be stated. According to the situation causing the action to occur, and the attitude of the parties involved, a refund may be denied or not offered. All admission fees, user fees, camping fees, discounts, group rates, or any other rates or services are offered or accepted solely at the discretion of HP40 management and staff, and may be changed, ended, revoked or denied at any time, with no reason required to be stated, with or without a refund given.