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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 the competition will work in Scotland for 2018

For 2018 the series consists of 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 new performance squad, the ClimbScotland Youth Development Squad. These climbers will be supported through the year with a series of coaching and competition preparation academies. The first of these Squad Academies will be a weekend event at EICA Ratho which will include coaching workshops, athlete profiling and a competition. At the end of that weekend a selection will be made of the top 3 performers in each category also be used to select the top climbers to make up the Scottish Team who will compete in the Grand Final alongside the teams from England, Wales and Ireland in April.

Qualifying for the 2018 ClimbScotland Youth Development Squad:

The top ranked climbers in each category in each Region who have competed in two rounds (minimum) shall be invited to the Development Squad and Team Selection weekend. The number of qualifiers in each category for the 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 Final. 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.

Selection of the Scottish Youth Team:

Selection of the 30 children for the Scottish Team will be based on performance at the end of the weekend events, which will include a selection competition.

When are they? NOTE: Change to Round 3 Date

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 - North 13 Jan Inverness Leisure, Inverness
1 - South 13 Jan Avertical World, Dundee
2 - North 27 Jan Ice factor, Kinlochleven
2 - South 27 Jan Glasgow Climbing Centre
3 - North 24 Feb Transition Extreme, Aberdeen
3 - South 24 Feb Perth College Climbing Centre
Scottish Team Selection 24/25 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: £21
  • Non-members: £32 (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.

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 one competitor per volunteer • There are up to 20 volunteer places available which will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis • DISCOUNT: £5pp per competition. • 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 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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