And the winners are...

Round two of the 2017 ClimbScotland Youth Climbing Series (YCS) took place on Saturday 25 February 2017 at The Glasgow Climbing Centre (south) and Inverness Leisure (north). With almost 125 young climbers taking part, we had a fantastic day of climbing and bouldering. Read on for the full low down on the day's events.

The two regional rounds of the YCS are a great chance for young climbers to have their first go at a competition in a fun environment, testing their bouldering and roped climbing skills against each other. Those who qualify for their regions go on to the Scottish Final and from the results of this, a Scottish team is chosen that represents Scotland at the YCS UK Final held at EICA Ratho on 29 April 2017 against 300 climbers from across England, Wales and Ireland!

YCS Round Two: Scotland South

The M8 roadworks meant registration at GCC opened a bit later than normal but, thanks to extra volunteers, climbing still commenced at 10.30.

The 68 climbers met with increased difficulty in grades compared with the first round, which saw a drop in the number of tops as some people struggled with some technical and burly routes and problems.

Additional setting meant there were fewer queues and the enthusiasm and support climbers showed each other was inspiring. The smiles on faces showed they were enjoying the challenge and there was no need for super finals to sort out round winners.

We have 36 South climbers going forward to the Scottish Finals in Dundee on 25 March where they will join with the 33 climbers from the North to compete for places in the Scottish team competing at the YCS GB Finals. With the standard of climbing on display on Saturday we foresee an excellent competition in Dundee and the setters are going to have to pull out all the stops to challenge our strong young climbers.

YCS Round Two: Scotland North

51 young climbers from across the northern half of Scotland gathered at Inverness Leisure. When registration opened at 9:00, kids started filling the wall and excitement was high!

Climbers had learnt from their experiences in round one, they seemed ready for the day and were climbing impressively well with nearly everyone topping their first climbs. As the morning went on the groups were flying through their climbs with some groups finishing their first three climbs by 11:00.

It was humbling to see the amount of support all the competitors were giving each other. Everyone was helping each other work out sequences and encouraging their fellow competitors during the hard climbs.

By 3:00pm the competition was finished, with no super finals and no appeals, and the results were being announced. All results can be found below, including the final rankings.

Well done everyone!

Massive congratulations to everyone who competed. The standard of climbing is very impressive this year. Good luck to the 33 strong Scotland North team and the 36 strong Scotland South team that will be heading to Dundee for the Scottish Finals next month.

North Team 2017

Full results from round two can be viewed here:

We would like to say a massive thank you to Inverness Leisure and The Glasgow Climbing Centre for hosting a great day, and to all our volunteers judges and belayers, who without their help the competitions would not be possible.

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