Get a taste of SPEED climbing after the YCS Grand Final...

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To coincide with the British Youth Climbing Series Finals at EICA Ratho on Saturday 28 April, we will be holding the first ever ClimbScotland YCS Speed Competition on Sunday 29 April. Read on to find out more and how you can be part of it!

This is a great opportunity to try out speed climbing and test your skills against the other YCS competitors. The competition is being delivered by the ClimbScotland Speed Development Squad volunteers.

The video on the right shows a bit of the action on Ratho's Classic International Speed Wall during the ClimbScotland Youth Climbing Championships.

The ClimbScotland Speed Development Squad is run every Sunday morning at EICA Ratho. Follow their Facebook page to see what they get up to!

How the competition will work

There will be two styles of competition:

  • A Mini-speed Challenge for Youth D & E categories held on “The Tower” Wall using official speed holds specially set for younger climbers and only to a height of 8m.
  • A Classic-speed for Youth A, B & C categories held on the only International Standard Speed Wall in the UK using the IFSC standard speed auto-belays. The line is 15m high.
  • There will be a chance for a practice attempt followed by a qualifying period of three hours in which to record two times, one on the left lane and one on the right lane. A quota system will be used to determine the numbers in the final. The final will entail a series of head-to-head elimination stages. See the Rules below.

What catergory am I in?

The Speed categories are the same as those for the YCS: there are five youth catergories based on your year of birth:

CS YouthCompAge

How much does it cost?

The cost to enter is £12 per competitor.

How can I enter?

Book and pay quickly and easily online via the Mountaineering Scotland web portal, here's how:

  • If you are an existing Mountaineering Scotland / ClimbScotland member or have already registered for a Mountaineering Scotland climbing competition before, simply log-in using your existing username and password.
  • If you are a BMC or MI member who has not registered for a ClimbScotland competition before, create a log-in via the 'Sign Up' button and enter the details of the young climber to register for our web portal.
  • Then click on the 'Events & Courses' tab and search in the 'Events' section for 'YCS Speed Competition 2018'. Follow the on-screen instructions to make your booking and proceed to pay.
  • After booking you will receive a confirmation email.
  • Please note, the closing date for online booking is midnight Thursday 26 April (two days before the start of the competition).

More information

  • Competition booking requirements

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