The LEAD and SPEED Champs for 2020 will be held on Saturday 12 Sept 2020 at EICA Ratho

One of the biggest dates in Scotland's youth competition calendar is coming up in September...

The Scottish Youth Climbing Championships are a great chance for 8 to 19 year olds to test their skills in both top rope/lead climbing (SYCC) and speed climbing (SYSC).

The competition is open to any young climber (including those from beyond Scotland) and is a great way to meet other young climbers. Check out our film or read on to find out more.


  • BOOKINGS WILL OPEN IN JUNE!


ParaClimb Scotland 2020

Taking place at EICA: Ratho on Sunday 13 September (the day after the SYCC). This year Paraclimb Scotland will include three options of a drop-in try-it event, a Festival FUN comp with roped routes and boulders and the option of taking part in a Round of the British Paraclimbing Series (routes only). Disability categories are those determinded by the IFSC categories for the British Paraclimb Series but are widened for the FUN event. The event offers some awesome top-roped climbs and top-rope boulders.

    More information on the Paraclimbing Competition is provided HERE.


Scottish Youth Climbing Championships 2020

When and where?

Both the SYCC and SYSC championships are on 12 September 2020, giving young climbers the chance to try both competitions. Discounted prices are available for booking onto both competitions. The championships will be held at EICA: Ratho near Edinburgh. These championships are used in the criteria for selection to take part in the GB Development Squad Selection process.

How does it work?

Both the SYCC and SYSC will include age categories from 8 to 19 years old. Like the ClimbScotland Youth Climbing Series, the younger categories (D and E) top-rope their routes, whilst the rest lead their routes. By the end of the day we will have Championship Winners and Scottish Champions in each of the different categories. They are open competitions and anyone of eligible age can enter, regardless of country of residence.

SYCC ROPED 2020

The SYCC comprises a qualifier and a final. The qualifier will consist of two routes for each category, with competitors having one attempt at each route. There is no isolation in the qualifier, which means competitors will be able to watch each other climb. The top climbers from the qualifier in each age category will go to a final in isolation. A super final and duel will be used if required.

What category am I in for the SYCC?

There are five youth catergories which are based on your year of birth as follows:

CS YouthCompAge

As well as one Junior category:
  • Junior - 2002 & 2001 (for the 2020 competition)

SYSC SPEED 2020

The SYSC comprises a qualifier round in one stage and a final of between one and three elimination stages. Competitors will have two attempts in the qualifier round to record a time. The fastest times go through to the subsequent head-to-head stages.

What catergory am I in for the SYSC?

There are three youth catergories which are based on your year of birth. The younger age category competes on a mini-speed wall, designed specifically with younger (smaller) climbers in mind. The mini speed wall is brilliant, fun, and fast! Both older age categories compete on the IFSC 15m speed wall.

  • Junior and Youth A - Born between 2001 and 2004
  • Youth B + C - Born between 2005 and 2008
  • Youth D + E - Born between 2009 and 2012


How much does it cost?

Membership status SYCC (Lead/Top Rope) SYSC (Speed) Both
Existing members (ClimbScotland Gold / Mountaineering Scotland / BMC / MI) £tbc £tbc £tbc
Existing members (concessions*) £tbc £tbc £tbc
Non-members (includes ClimbScotland Gold annual membership) £tbc £tbc £tbc
Non-members (concession* includes ClimbScotland Gold annual membership) £tbc £tbc £tbc
* Concessions: are available to climbers whose parents or guardians are on Income Support or Family Credit. Evidence is required in support of this.


Volunteers needed!

Adult volunteers are vital to ensure the youth competitions happen, we are looking for people to help out in the following roles:

  • Category Judge
  • Top-rope Belayer
  • Lead belayer


How do I enter?

Book and pay quickly and easily online via the Mountaineering Scotland web portal by Midnight Tuesday 8 September 2020, here's how:

  • Existing members who are first time users of the portal will need to set up their login via the 'first time access' tab and follow on-screen instructions.
  • You need to log-in via your child's membership log-in to book their place, if you do not know or remember your child's log-in details, contact us on info@mountaineering.scot to get them.
  • Non-members will need to log in to the portal via the 'join us' option, enter their details and follow on-screen instructions, then go straight into the 'events & courses' tab at the top of the page. Select the relevant SYCC or SYSC event and a year’s ClimbScotland Gold Mountaineering Scotland membership will be added to your price at the checkout stage.
  • New members will get their membership pack through the post in a week – find out more about what you get as an Mountaineering Scotland member.


More information

  • SYCC SYSC RULES 2020 (coming soon)
  • SYCC SYSC Rough Guide 2020 (coming soon)
  • SYCC SYSC Parent Information 2020 (coming soon)

Starting Lists!!!

  • Youth B Girls - Route 1
  • Youth B Girls - Route 2
  • Youth C Girls - Route 1
  • Youth C Girls - Route 2
  • All other catergories - Route 1]
  • All other catergories - Route 2

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