Round 4 of the 4 Nations Cup Series

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The Scottish Boulder Championship (SBC) is 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 some from further afeild!

It is open to any young eligible climber, and is also one of the rounds in the 4 Nations Cup Series of bouldering and roped national events in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland (in association with the BMC and Mountaineering Ireland).

As this is the Scottish Championship, ClimbScotland will recognise as Scottish Champions in each category, those Scottish competitors’ resident in Scotland, 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 4-Nations Cup Series. As this is the final round the overall winners of the 4 Nations Cup Bouldering Series will be announced.

With the expertise of the setters and the hospitality of the host venue you are guaranteed a good days climbing and the opportunity to meet other climbers and the fast-paced final is a show-case of the best of the UK, Ireland and international youth climbing talent and is an inspiration.

When is it? The date and venue for 2023 are now confirmed as follows:

  • DATE:29 April.

The SBC is a one-day competition with the qualifying round in the morning and the final in the afternoon. Registration of competitors will start at 8.00am.

How it works

As a National competition, the SBC 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, those who are trying for selection to the Scottish Development and Talent Squads, and through to British Team members being selected for international competitions. For this reason it does not include Youth E climbers but does include age categories Youth D to Junior.

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.

Once the qualification window has closed climbers must stop climbing. No further climbing is allowed in any part of the centre until the Finals have been completed. If climbers wish to continue climbing after the competition, they can do so by reporting to reception to sign-in and pay 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.

Spectators and volunteers

Unfortunately, spectating is 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 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/guardians 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 seasond 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/guardians 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.


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.

The Final

For ALL categories Youth D to Junior, there are 4 problems climbed from isolation and with no limit on attempts. As this is the final Round (Round 4) of the Cup Series there may be a super final, if required. Both these will be scored using international (IFSC) rules.

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 Boulder Championship in 2023 is as follows (NB: MScot, BMC and MI are National Goeverning Bodies):

  • ClimbScotland/Mountaineering Scotland members: £40
  • BMC and MI Members: £40
  • Non Governing Body members: £40 + NGB membership (NB: join the NGB where you live before booking onto the MScot competition)
  • 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 Boulder Championship

The deadline for booking onto the Scottish Boulder Championship is midnight on Monday 17th April @09.00. Please also be aware that places are limited to 200 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.

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 Boulder Championship 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 Boulder Championship
  • 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

You 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

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