Test your skills at a national bouldering competition

The Scottish Youth Bouldering Championship (SYBC) is now one of the best and most popular competitions in Scotland attracting more than 170 young climbers from across the UK and Ireland...


The event is open to any young climber, including those from beyond Scotland. And it's not just a competitive championship to decide the national (Scottish) bouldering champions in each age category, you are guaranteed a good days climbing and the opportunity to meet other climbers. The fast-paced final is a show-case of the best of the UK's youth climbing talent and is an inspiration!


How it works

Although the SYBC boulders are of a slightly higher standard than the bouldering found in the ClimbScotland Youth Climbing Series (YCS), it is still aimed at young climbers who may be just starting to compete through to British squad members who are trying for selection for International competitions. It includes age categories for young climbers from eight to 19 years old.

There is an open qualifying round where climbers will have three hours to complete a series of a minimum of 20 problems (category D and E) or 15 problems (categories Junior, A, B and C) in their own time. They are only allowed to attempt the problems five times each.

For categories D and E, the scores from their 20 problems will identify their ranking and the Scottish Champions. For categories C to Junior only, there then follows a final round of three problems climbed from isolation, and a possible super final, if required. Both these will be scored using international (IFSC) rules.


When is it?

In 2018 the championship will take place on 19 May. It is a one-day competition with qualifying rounds in the morning and the finals in the afternoon. The competition will be held at the newly opening Eden Rock in Edinburgh.


What category am I in?

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

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and one Junior Category:

  • Junior - 2000 & 1999 (in 2018)


How much does it cost?

The cost to enter the Scottish Youth Bouldering Championship in 2018 is as follows:

  • ClimbScotland Gold/Mountaineering Scotland members: £28
  • Non-members: £38 (this includes a reduced price ClimbScotland Gold Membership!)
  • Concessions: £16

Concession price: is applicable to climbers whose parents or guardians are on Income Support or Family Credit. Evidence must be provided in support of this.


How to enter the Scottish Youth Bouldering Championship

The deadline for booking onto the Scottish Youth Bouldering Championship will be midnight on the Tuesday before the competition. BOOKING WILL OPEN ON 1st MARCH 2018.

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 'forgotten password' link and follow on-screen instructions
  • If you have a family membership and do not know your child's portal user name, contact us to find it out.
  • Non-members will need to log in to the portal via the 'join us' option, enter their details and follow on-screen instructions. Go straight into the 'Events and courses' tab. Select the Scottish Youth Bouldering Championship's non-member price, which includes a year’s ClimbScotland Gold Mountaineering Scotland membership
  • After booking you will receive a confirmation email with more information about the Scottish Youth Bouldering Championships
  • New members will get their membership pack through the post in a week – find out more about what you get as a Mountaineering Scotland member
  • BMC and Mountaineering Ireland members can pay our discounted price by creating a log-in, going to the 'Events and courses' tab and choosing the BMC/Mountaineering Ireland price. Provide your membership number when requested in the event booking form.


Further information

Your can find more information about the competition in the PDFs below:
  • The 2018 Rules (to follow)
  • The 2018 Rough Guide (to Follow)
  • 2018 Parental Information (To Follow)
If you have any questions or need a hand booking your place, please get in touch with us on 01738 493942.

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