The results are here...

The Grand Final of the Scottish Schools Climbing Competition took place on Saturday 18 November 2017 at Glasgow Climbing Centre. 324 climbers across the country took part in the Qualifying rounds at Glasgow Climbing Centre, Perth College Climbing wall, Avertical World, The Peak, Transition Extreme, Pickaquoy, Spireroxx, Gairloch, Three Wise Monkeys, The Ice Factor , EICA Ratho , and Inverness Leisure, with 85 young climbers being invited to the final(including Primary School children for the first time)!

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The Semi Final

It was a great turnout at Glasgow Climbing Centre for the final. Of the 85 climbers selected from the Qualiying Round and invited, 75 were able to attend, with many of them taking part in a competition of this size for the first time. The competition kicked off with a 2-route semi-final where the competitors were competing in their categories with top-rope and lead climbing happening at the same time. The climbers attempted to score as many points as possible to qualify for The Final comprising one route.

Setting for such a large range of ages, abilities, experience and height(!) is never easy but a team of two setters from Glasgow Climbing Centre and our two ClimbScotland Regional Development Officers worked for two days to set 22 routes that hopefully gave slightly more challenging routes than the qualifyers in order to find the overall top three. There were also a couple of Super-final lines set just in case!

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The Final

Once the scores from the Semi-final routes had been crunched, the selection of the top 3 in each category were posted up. After a short time out for lunch, with many eating in the award-winning Balcony Cafe upstairs in the Glasgow Climbing Centre, it was time for the Final.

All the climbers headed downstairs into the bouldering room for isolation, to ensure that every climber would have the same chance on the final route with each climber getting an "onsight" attempt. For the youngest age categories (The Primary School children) as well as some of the new faces in the Secondary School categories, this was very new but they all took it in their stride. All the climbers were allowed a 4 minute 'viewing' of their route before returning to isolation. They were then called up to try their route with no knowledge on how the person before them had faired, trying their hardest to get as high as they could, trying to become the Scottish Schools Champion!


Well done to everyone putting in a tremendous amount of effort and congratulations to the Category Champions:

  • P4/P5 Girls Top-rope: Anna Fraser (Borestone Primary School)
  • P4/P5 Boys Top-rope: Tom Hammer (Dirleton Primary School)
  • P6/P7 Girls Top-rope: Ava Gracey Hamilton (Kilbarchan Primary School)
  • P6/P7 Boys Top-rope: Lachlan Ross (Uphall Primary School)
  • S1/S2 Girls Top-rope: Emma Rendall (Kirkwall Grammer School)
  • S1/S2 Boys Top-rope: Eduard Banea (InterHigh Online School
  • S3/S4 Girls Top-rope: Annie Aitchison (Hutcheson's Grammer School)
  • S3/S4 Boys Top-rope: Tim Cox (Charleston Academy)
  • S5/S6 Girls Top-rope: Fiona Rowan (Balfron High School)
  • S5/S6 Boys Top-rope: Rory Barker (Charleston Academy)
  • S1/S2 Girls Lead: Hannah Kerr (Whitburn Academy)
  • S1/S2 Boys Lead: Max McGowen (Stewart's Melville College)
  • S3/S4 Girls Lead: Hannah Smith (St Aloysius' College)
  • S3/S4 Boys Lead: Daniel Smith (St Aloysius' College)
  • S5/S6 Girls Lead: Emma Davidson (The James Young High School)
  • S5/S6 Boys Lead: David Miedzybrodzki (George Heriot's School)

The Winners of the St Aloysius' College Trophies this year were:

  • Senior Girls: Emma Davidson
  • Senior Boys: David Miedzybrodzki

Photos and videos of the event can be found on our Facebook

A big thanks goes out to Glasgow Climbing Centre for hosting the competition again this year, St Aloysius' College for their support and Entreprises for supplyng the prizes!

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