PARACLIMB FESTIVAL: SCOTLAND'S INCLUSIVE CLIMBING COMPETITION & BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2020 Paraclimb festival will take place on Sunday, 13th September at EICA: Ratho near Edinburgh

Scottish ParaClimb 2020 is being held on the Sunday after the SYCC alongside the sucessful adult lead and speed competition that we ran last year. This means that the paraclimb routes will be spread across the Ratho walls, giving some great new challenges. The Paraclimb Festival is more than just a competition, with THREE levels of participation possible, starting with simply getting a taster of what paraclimbing is about.

ParaClimb Festival Options

  • British Paraclimbing Championships: We are hosting a round of the 4 round para championship (for information about this event go to the BMC Paraclimbing page). For booking onto the rounds in England and Wales go to the BMC National Competition Schedule Page. The British Paraclimbing Championship includes only roped climbing on two routes in a Qualifying Round and a Final from isolation ( )
  • ClimbScotland FUN ParaClimb Competition: Our All-Abilities competition includes both routes and boulder problems specifically designed for paraclimbers, by paraclimbers. The routes AND boulders are all top-roped
  • ParaClimb Speed: There will be a single speed category available if you fancy having a go. ParaClimbers are responsible for deciding if they wish to try the speed. Be aware that the route itself is about F6b+ and it runs with fast auto-belays. You can drop-in during the qualification period and have a go and if you want to record a time then you have two timed attempts as a qualifier. The top 8 (max) para-climbers from the qualifier will go to a final
  • Come-and-try: An opportunity to simply drop-in on the day and have a go at climbing on the FUN routes and boulders if you have never tried it before – no experience necessary. If you then wish to have your scores entered for the FUN Competition, you can

  • NOTE: You must book a place for Options 1 and 2 above (information about how to book on is found below). Booking is currently CLOSED but will open soon

A Quick Guide to the ClimbScotland FUN Paraclimb Competition

  • All categories are operated as open events available to all
  • There are no specific age categories but the minimum age for competing is 12 (in the year of the competition)
  • Competitors may provide their own climbing equipment (rock shoes, harness, chalk bag and helmet) but harnesses and helmets are available free of charge

Climbing Categories:

Categories for the FUN Paraclimb competition are in line with the International categories as defined by the IFSC in 2018, with an additional 3 'Open categories'. Competitors are responsible for selecting the category in which they wish to compete. If you are not sure which category you should be competing in, please get in touch. You may also wish to ask your doctor or physio to give advice in this respect.

  • Visually Impaired (B1)
  • Visually Impaired (B2)
  • Visually Impaired (B3)
  • Leg Amputee (AL1)
  • Leg Amputee (AL2)
  • Arm Amputee (AU1)
  • Arm Amputee (AU2)
  • Neurological and Physical Disability (RP1)
  • Neurological and Physical Disability (RP2)
  • Neurological and Physical Disability (RP3)
  • Open Categories:
  • · Open 1 (EBD: Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties; ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; ASC: Autistic Spectrum Condition)
  • · Open 2 (Learning disability, Mental health support needs)
  • · Open 3 (Hearing impairment, Anyone not covered above)

There are separate male and female categories. Climbers will compete within the gender category which they identify with.

Please Note: A minimum of 4 competitors are required in each category, so if there are not enough competitors in a category we may combine them following the same system used in IFSC Paraclimbing competitions (see below). Additionally, if there are not enough competitors in each of the separate Open Categories, then they may all be combined. We will let competitors know of any combined categories upon registration on the day of the competition.





FUN ParaClimb Competition Rules

; a summary follows below:

  • The event comprises a single competition with no qualifying round
  • Registration starts at 10am, the competition starts at 11am
  • Competitors can watch each other climb
  • There will be three boulder problems on which competitors will have three attempts
  • There will be three routes on which competitors will have one attempt
  • All routes will be top-roped
  • All boulders will be top-roped
  • Competitors will be given a score card for the boulder problems & routes in their category at registration
  • Score cards must be handed to the designated judges of each route & boulder problem, who will then sign off the score achieved
  • The highest (furthest) hold used or held will determine the points awarded
  • Scores for all routes & problems are totalled to give an overall score

Support

Competitors are responsible for bringing their own carer and support workers appropriate to the competitor's disability, to assist them to participate in the event. ClimbScotland is not responsible for providing support workers appropriate to each competitor’s disability, but the staff and volunteers involved in the competition will do their best to help and support competitors to compete the best they can.

How much does it cost?

Entry fees for Mountaineering Scotland Members and Non-Members is the same. If you wish to change from the Come-and-Try event during the competition day to be included in the FUN competition, then you can do so, simply by handing in your score card and paying £20 (cash only please).

  • British Paraclimbing Championships: £30
  • ClimbScotland FUN ParaClimb Competition: £20
  • Speed: Free to those competing in the above events
  • Come-and-Try: Free


How do I enter?

Book and pay quickly and easily online via the Mountaineering Scotland web portalby Midnight Monday 2 September 2019, 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 SLCC event and procede to the checkout.
  • Non-members will be automatically be signed up as 'subscribers' (free) and will recieve our e-newsletter in future. You can find out more about what you get as a Full Mountaineering Scotland member.

Information to follow...

We will send you email confirmation of your booking and will then ask you to indicate if you will be accompanied by a support worker. If you have trouble call our Admin team on 01738 493942
ParaClimb Schedule (tbc)

Other paraclimbing opportunities

  • If you are keen to get climbing on a regular basis, then make sure to check out the Scottish Paraclimbing Club based at EICA. They will have a stall set up at the Paraclimb Festival in the arena and members of the club will be competing too. You can also find the club on facebook and Instagram.
  • The Glasgow Gorillas have a Paraclimbing section
  • The Peak in Stirling Sports Village offer paraclimbing sessions



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