Competition sold out!

Update 31/03/2024 – Booking has now closed and the competition has sold out.

With the expertise of the setters, the hospitality of the host venue and the opportunity to meet other climbers from around the country, you are guaranteed a good days climbing at the Scottish Youth Boulder Championship.

SYBC is open to any young eligible climber, and is also one of the rounds in the All Nations Series of bouldering and roped national events in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland (in association with the BMC and Mountaineering Ireland).

As a national competition, the SYBC boulders are of a higher standard than the bouldering found in the ClimbScotland Youth Climbing Series (YCS). It is aimed at young climbers who wish to compete at this higher level and those who are trying for selection to the Scottish Development and National Squads.

As this is the Scottish Championship, ClimbScotland will recognise as Scottish Champions those competitors’ resident in Scotland in each category who rank 1st amongst the Scottish competitors, regardless of their overall rank. The winners in each category of the competition on the day will be recognised as the winners of the Scottish Round of the All Nations Series.

As the final round in the All Nations Series we will also be announcing the winners of the overall series winners for each category at this competition.

PLEASE NOTE – the English and Welsh rounds for 2024 have been cancelled. The Scottish and Irish events will proceed as planned, and partiicpation in BOTH will result in an overall series ranking for the All Nations Series. For more information please visit GB Climbing and Mountaineering Ireland.

2024 SYBC information for competitors

The SYBC is a one-day competition with the qualifying round in the morning and the final in the afternoon.

  • DATE: 27th April 2024
  • VENUE: Eden Rock, Edinburgh
  • Booking Deadline: Saturday 30th March 09.00am – Please be aware that places are limited and are on a first-come-first-serve basis. We encourage those wishing to compete to book asap to avoid missing out and encourage people to secure their place first, in advance of making travel and hotel bookings.
  • Registration of competitors will start at time TBC.

How to enter

Bookings closed and Full

Cost

  • ClimbScotland/Mountaineering Scotland members: £40
  • BMC and MI Members: £40
  • Non Governing Body members: £40 + NGB membership (Please first join the NGB where you live before booking onto the competition)
  • Concession: £25*

Booking Deadline: Saturday 30th March 09.00am

*Concession price: This is applicable to climbers with parents or carers in receipt of Income Support or Family Tax Credits. Evidence must be provided in support of this.

Competition format

There is an open qualifying round where climbers will have 2.5 hours to complete a series of 8 problems in their own time (scramble format). They are only allowed a maximum of 5 attempts at each problem.

The top placed climbers of each category will go through to a final in which they will have 4 boulders to attempt. With 4 minutes on each and unlimited attempts.

Scoring

ClimbScotland has a live score results service (see the link at the top of the page), from which all competitors and parents/guardians can check their scores after the qualification round.

Categories

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

Spectators and Volunteers

Space for spectators is very limited during qualifying due to the size of the venue and building regulations. We ask that only one adult attends from each family. However, we do require up to 60 volunteer judges during the qualification round and this number is included in the limit.

We can offer these positions to parents/carers on a first-come-first-served basis, guaranteeing they gain entry to the event. Judging the boulders in the qualification round is not difficult and we can usually pair new with seasoned volunteer judges. We also hold a judges briefing in the morning before the the competition. Volunteers MUST book through the booking portal, either through the competitor booking, or through the dedicated volunteer booking. For the remaining places for spectating, priority will be given to parents of younger climbers (Youth D/Youth C) as well as any competitors that may have additional support needs.

The climbing area will be segregated from spectators for the safety of the competitors. Spectating will be confined to specific areas in the venue. Please note that there is a narrow walk-way between the two bouldering units. Please do not stop here to view competitors as it will block competitor movement.

However, all parents/carers can attend the final round to spectate and cheer on the finalists free of charge. The final is being held on the competition wall in the main (North) unit. Again the walk-way will need to be kept clear of spectators as the competitors come through to the ‘Competition Wall’ from isolation.

Rules and other information

If you have any questions regarding booking your place, please get in touch with us on 01738 493942 or if you have any questions about the competition, please email us at