British Lead and Speed Climbing Championships 15/16 October 2011

The British Lead Climbing Championships (BLCC) are spread over the weekend with the Juniors (under 20) climbing on the Saturday and the Seniors (16 and over) on the Sunday.  Held at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena in Ratho (EICA:Ratho) the route setters (Neil McGeachy, Gary Vincent and Mark Pretty) had been hard at work for 2 days putting together challenging routes for the 79 climbers competing in the 10 junior categories and the Male Veterans.

There were 12 Quickdraws taking part and while fortunes were mixed there were some gutsy climbs on display.

Youth Climbing Series 2012

Major changes to the age groups for 2012 to reflect IFSC categories.  Good news is that this year's 16 year olds now have a further year in which to take part in the event. 

10th December Youth Open Lead Competition - Sunderland Wall

Online applications now open at

Arco Rock Juniors

Brilliant news from Italy where William Bosi finished 13th in the Arco Rock Juniors 2011.  This international competition includes 5 boulder problems, a speed climb and 2 lead routes.  Full results are at

Scottish Youth Bouldering Championship 2011

Need to rename the SYBC the QYBC after today's results Full results here.
8-10 champs Rory Whyte and Rhiannon Freireich 
11-13 champs William Bosi and Eilidh Vass Payne
14 - 16 Girls Rachel Carr and 17-19 Boys Calum Forsyth.
Only Scott Keir spoilt our clean sweep taking 14-16 Boys title.
Some excellent climbing all round.

2012 International Youth Competition Dates

Very, very provisional 2012 EYC dates can be seen in the European Council section of the IFSC website. currently showing a round of the EYC in Edinburgh 26/27May. Same date for Imst Colors. Arco stays in September slot next year while World Youth Championships head to Singapore in August.

William's Malham Success

Well done to William Bosi for ticking his first outdoor 7b+ at Malham last weekend.  William was down working with Robbie Phillips as part of a MCofS backed training weekend and demonstrated his usual tenacity to tick the following routes:-


“Consenting Adults” (7a) – Onsight
“Free and even easier” (7a+) – Flash
“Something Stupid” (7b) – 2nd go
“Space Race” (7b+) – 2nd go


Quickdraw Midyear Report

Here it is to download

Winter Bouldering Series

Climbing walls often run bouldering series over the winter months.  I've posted dates for the Alien Rock and Avertical World series on our calendar. 

Alien Rock series is only open to climbers 14 years + while Avertical World series includes boys and girls categories.  In fact last year's Girls' Champion was our own Gabriella Stewart and the Men Easy Champion was Euan King.

Contact the walls for further information.

Leading Ladder 2011-12

The BMC Leading Ladder kicks off on Saturday 1 October 2011 and runs through to 25 March 2012 at 29 UK walls. This fun lead climbing competition for ages 12+ is a great way to get fit and challenge yourself this winter. There are 2 rounds in Scotland both at EICA 29th Oct - 13th Nov and 11-26 Feb.

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