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The Scottish Youth Bouldering Championship (SYBC) is now one of the best and most popular youth competitions in the UK attracting more than 200+ young climbers from across Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland and internationally!

Round 2 of the NEW 4 Nations Series

The event is open to any young eligible climber, and is now one of the rounds in a new 4 Nations Series of bouldering and roped National events in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland (in association with the BMC and Mountaineering Ireland). But it's not just a competitive championship to decide the Scottish national bouldering champions or the 4 Nations 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, Ireland and international youth climbing talent and is an inspiration!

How it works

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 may be just starting to compete, those who are trying for selection to the GB Squad, and through to British Squad members being selected for international competitions. For this reason it does not include Youth E climbers but does include age categories from Youth D to A.

There is an open qualifying round where climbers will have two and a half hours to complete a series of 8 problems in their own time. They are only allowed to attempt the problems five times each.

Once the qualification window has closed climbers must stop climbing. If climbers wish to continue climbing after/outwith the competition, they can do so by exiting via the fire exit and reporting to reception to sign and pay in as per the wall's terms and conditions of wall use. Eden Rock will be offering a reduced entry fee of £5 for competitors. If you are not a registered Eden Rock climber, you can register beforehand here.

Unfortunately, there is no spectating available during the Qualification Round as we don’t have enough room to cater for all competitors and spectators.
However, everyone 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. The climbing area will be segregated from spectators for the safety of the competitors. Spectating will be confined to the area of the matting opposite between the boulders. Please note that there will be a walk-way through to the ‘Competition Wall’ for some of the competitors from isolation. Please do not stop here to view and bloc their way.

For categories D to A, there then follows a final round of 4 problems climbed from isolation, and a possible super final, if required. Both these will be scored using international (IFSC) rules.

When is it? The date and venue for 2022 are now confirmed as follows:

  • DATE:30 April.

The SYBC is a one-day competition with qualifying rounds in the morning and the finals in the afternoon. Registration of competitors will start at 8.00am and the competition will commence at 9.15am. The event is scheduled to conclude at 6.15pm. Please note: The revised timings above have been made due to the number of competitors.

What category am I in?

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

How much does it cost?

The cost to enter the Scottish Youth Bouldering Championship in 2022 is as follows:

  • ClimbScotland Gold/Mountaineering Scotland members: £35
  • Non-members: £55 (this includes a reduced price ClimbScotland Gold Membership!)
  • Concessions: £25

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 is midnight on Sunday 24th April. Please also be aware that places are limited to 200 and is 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.

Book and pay quickly and easily online via the Mountaineering Scotland web portal, just click 'Book Now':


  • 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.
  • Remember to book your child on the event NOT YOU!

Further information

Your can find more information about the competition in the PDFs below:

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 info@climbscotland.net

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