SLCC 2023: The National LEAD and SPEED Competition for Adults

URGENT UPDATE: The SLCC has been cancelled

Unfortunately due to poor uptake and interest in the competition we have made the difficult decision to cancel the SLCC this year. Moving forward, we still hope to be able to offer a senior competition in 2024 and would welcome any views from climbers on what format they think would work. Please contact

The SLCC was trialled in 2019 and was a great sucess, but the pandemic meant we have missed a few years. This years competition will continue to use the same format. The competition is less formal than a major championship, and although it might be more fun, we know it won't be less competitive. There are two levels to choose from (Easy or Hard) and it is open to any climber of eligible age, regardless of country of residence, who can lead climb. Please book your place in advance through the MScot members portal (see below).

More information

  • SLCC 2023 Rules (to come)
  • SLCC 2023 Schedule (provisional)

How does it work?

The Lead Event

  • Book your Entry: book onto the competition through the Mountaineering Scotland Members Portal (see below) and chose which level of difficulty you wish to compete at: Easy or Hard
  • At EICA: pay your usual entry fee (which means you can continue climbing after the competition)
  • Register: find the ClimbScotland desk in the EICA Arena anytime during the competition period and register and pick up your score card
  • Main Competition: This is a 4 hour slot for competitors to drop-in and try 4 routes. You will need a climbing partner to belay you and you will self-score, which means competitors will be able to watch each other climb
  • Final Round: There will be no final this year. Any ties at the end of the event will stand

The Speed Event

  • The Speed Wall is available on a drop-in basis during the climbing period for you to have a practice go
  • Then make two timed attempts as your qualifier
  • The top 8 climbers from the qualifier in each age category will go to a final

Competition Categories


  • Easy: you need to be competent leading mimimum F6b
  • Hard: you need to be competent leading minimum F7a

Age and Gender:

  • Male and Female climbers will compete separately.

There are two age catergories which are based on your year of birth as follows:
  • Seniors - (18-44 years) Born between 1979 and 2005 (inclusive)
  • Veterans - (45 years and older) Born 1978 or earlier

How much does it cost?

Entry to the competition for Mountaineering Scotland Members and Non-Members alike is only £10 per person (includes both the Lead and Speed events). Remember: you must pay your normal wall entry to EICA on the day and show your entry receipt to the ClimbScotland Registration to get your score card.

How do I enter?

Book and pay quickly and easily online via the Mountaineering Scotland web portal
  • Existing members who are first time users of the portal will need to set up their login via the 'first time access' tab and follow on-screen instructions.
  • You need to log-in via your membership log-in to book their place, if you do not know or remember your log-in details, contact us on to get them.
  • Non-members will need to log in to the portal via the 'join us' option, enter their details and follow on-screen instructions. You will not be required to actually join Mountaineering Scotland at this point. Then go straight into the 'events & courses' tab at the top of the page. Select the SLCC event and procede to the checkout and pay.
  • Non-members will automatically be signed up as 'subscribers' (free) and will recieve our e-newsletter in future. You can find out more about what you get as a Full Mountaineering Scotland member.

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