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


Although competitive, the event is also fun and 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 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 winners in each category but also to find the strongest Team. However, competitors don't need to compete in all three rounds but they can opt to simply compete in their local round: especially useful for first-timers.

How it works in Scotland

There are changes to the format starting in 2018. There will be three competitions for all Scottish competitors to attend. They will be spread across Scotland at suitable host walls and the scores from all three will be used to identify the Scottish Team of 30 children.

When are they?

The three Scottish competitions are held in January, February and March each year. The venues will change from year to year. The dates and venues for 2018 are below. Bookings for the whole series or individual rounds will be live in December 2017.
Rounds Dates Venue
1. 27 Jan Glasgow Climbing Centre
2. 24 Feb Transition Extreme, Aberdeen
3. 24 Mar EICA: Ratho, Edinburgh
Final 28 Apr EICA: Ratho, Edinburgh

Please note the closing date for entries to each round is 8 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

How much does it cost?

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

  • ClimbScotland Gold/Mountaineering Scotland members: £20
  • Non-members: £30 (this includes a year of ClimbScotland Gold membership!)
  • Concessions: £8

Concessions: are 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 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 eight days before the start of each round.


More information


The Youth Climbing Series is supported by Allcord who have supplied Tendon ropes for the competition.

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