Try your hand at a national competition series...

The ClimbScotland Youth Climbing Series (YCS) is the national youth competition bringing together young climbers from all over Scotland to compete to select the Scottish YCS Team as well as select a Scottish Youth Squad.


The YCS is the main competitive event in Scotland for young climbers. It is a great way to meet other young climbers as different climbing walls host the event each year. The Scottish YCS is part of a wider series across the UK and Ireland. Each country organises its own series to select teams which then come together in a grand final. England has 6 'Regional Teams', whilst Wales, Ireland and Scotland each have a single Team. These teams come together for the final to find the best young climbers in the UK and Ireland in each category but also to find the strongest Team.

If you are relatively new to climbing (or a complete beginner) or have never done a competition before and feel this may be too difficult but would like to see what competitions are like, you may prefer to compete at our entry-level event where the standard is more appropriate and you can chose to lead or top-rope: check out the ClimbScotland Fun Competition.

However, if you want to have a go at the YCS you don't need to compete in all three rounds but opt to simply compete in your local round: especially useful for first-timers or if you want to try the next step up from the fun competition.

How the YCS competition will work in Scotland for 2019

2019 Series Sponsors are:

  • Bookings for the whole series or individual rounds IS NOW LIVE: See Below

The UK and Ireland Series is changing for 2019. You can read about these changes and why here. However, the series in Scotland will maintain the previous format for our rounds but adopt the new format for the team selection. There will be a two-region format for the YCS rounds: North and South Scotland. There are three (3) rounds in the North Scotland Region and three (3) rounds in the South Scotland Region. The top placed climbers in each category from each region will be invited to form a development squad, the ClimbScotland Youth Development Squad. These climbers will be supported through the year with a series of coaching and competition preparation academies. They will also be invited to attend the Scottish YCS Team selection weekend. This team selection will be held over two days following the new YCS format: boulders on Saturday and routes on Sunday. We will select the top 3 performers in each category from the squad to make up the Scottish Team who will compete in the Grand Final alongside the teams from England, Wales and Ireland in April. UPDATE: There will be an entry fee for all team members to the Grand Final of £15.

  • NOTE: Members of the ClimbScotland Development Squad are not eligible to compete in the ClimbScotland Fun Competition
  • NOTE: Members of the GB National Development Squad (Youth A, B and C) are not eligible to compete in the YCS

Qualifying for the 2019 ClimbScotland Youth Development Squad:

The top ranked climbers in each category in each Region who have competed in two (2) rounds (minimum) shall be invited to be members of the ClimbScotland Youth Development Squad. The number of qualifiers in each category for this development squad will depend on the number of competitors in that category. If a region has fewer than 6 competitors in a category then the top three will qualify for the Scottish Team selection. If there are 6-10 competitors in a category there will be four qualifiers, and if there are 11 or more, there will be five qualifiers. Scottish members of the GB National Development Squad shall also be invited to be part of the ClimbScotland Youth Development Squad and shall be eligible to participate in the coaching sessions (Youth C, B and A).

Selection of the Scottish YCS Team:

The Selection of the Scottish YCS Team (of 30 children) from the ClimbScotland Youth Development Squad members will be based on their performance at a new YCS Format competition.

When are the competitions?

The Scottish competitions are held in January, February and March each year. The venues will change from year to year. The dates and venues for 2019 are below.

Competition Information IS NOW available at the bottom of this page

All Competition Registrations start at 9am

Rounds Dates Venue
Round 1 - North 26 Jan Inverness Leisure, Inverness
Round 1 - South 26 Jan Avertical World, Dundee
Round 2 - North 16 Feb Transition Extreme, Aberdeen
Round 2 - South 16 Feb Perth College Climbing Wall
Round 3 - North 2 Mar The Ice Factor, Kinlochleven
Round 3 - South 2 Mar NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE: Sport & Exercise Climbing Wall, University of Edinburgh
Scottish Team Selection 23 Mar BOULDER: TCA Glasgow
Scottish Team Selection 24 Mar ROUTE: GCC, Glasgow
Grand Final 27 Apr BOULDER: Sheffield tbc
Grand Final 28 Apr ROUTE: Sheffield tbc

Please note the closing date for entries to each round is 4 days prior to the event.

What catergory am I in?

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

CS YouthCompAge

  • Youth E & D - Top Roping
  • Youth C, B & A - Leading

What are the timings for the day?

Registration opens at 9am and we aim to finish the competition and presentations by 5pm. Please note: Due to the nature of the competition format, it may finish ahead or behind schedule.

How much does it cost?

The cost per round for the ClimbScotland Youth Climbing Series is as follows:

  • ClimbScotland Gold/Mountaineering Scotland members: £25
  • Non-members: £36 (this includes a year of ClimbScotland Gold membership!)
  • Concessions: £10

Concessions: are applicable to climbers whose parents or guardians are on Income Support or Family Credit. Evidence must be provided in support of this. Please make your booking through the office on 01738 493 942.

Volunteer Discount: Adult volunteers are vital to ensure the youth competitions happen. In recognition of the support volunteers give to the youth competitions, we are offering a discount to the price of a competitor entry to any Parent or Guardian who attends the competition and volunteers for one of the positions below.
  • The discount is operated on a comp-by-comp basis
  • The discount is applied to the entry fee for ONE competitor per volunteer per competition
  • There are up to 20 volunteer places available which will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis
  • DISCOUNT: £3
  • Volunteer’s details will be kept on a central register.

Registering as a volunteer: You will be able to register as a volunteer for the following roles when making your booking:
  • Category Judge
  • Top-rope Belayer
  • Lead belayer
You will be asked to read and confirm acceptance of a Volunteer Competency Form. You will then be asked to check-in and register on the morning of the competition. There will also be a belay and judge briefing before each competition starts.

How to enter the Youth Climbing Series

Book and pay quickly and easily online via the Mountaineering Scotland web portal, 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 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, before going straight into the 'events & courses' tab at the top of the page. Select the relevant YCS round and a year’s ClimbScotland Gold Mountaineering Scotland membership will be added to your price at the checkout stage.
  • After booking you will receive a confirmation email with more information about the YCS.
  • New members will get their membership pack through the post in a week – find out what you get as a Mountaineering Scotland member.
  • Please note the closing date for online booking is four (4) days before the start of each round - On-line Booking will close at Midnight on Tuesday's. If you encounter problems booking, phone the office (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm) on 01738 493 942.
  • Please note that refunds for cancellations will only be made if the competitor cannot attend due to injury.

(NB: We have had to alter the format of the Team Selection weekend competitions, so these are the up to date ammended rules)

(Updated 11.03.19)

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