YCS Second Round Results

Despite fears that the Pleasance would be too small the day worked out really well with things running so smoothly that we managed to finish before 4pm.  The staff remarked to me a couple of times how impressed they were both with the quality of the climbing and the enthusiasm and support the kids showed towards each other. As soon as we cleared out they had their climbing shoes on to try the routes.  Thanks to Alan Cassidy and Mike Jeans for setting some crackers.

Results and current standings have been emailed out but here is a summary of Quickdraw performances:

MCofS REALrocks 2011 - Special Member Offer

MCofS are working together with EICA:Ratho and Transition Extreme, Aberdeen to offer confident indoor climbers the opportunity to try their hand at 'Trad' climbing. 

Our recent Big Lottery funding included provision to partially fund the attendance of Quickdraw members on these sessions.  In the first instance we can offer members £10 towards attendance but this may increase depending on uptake.

The REALrocks sessions will be held at various locations over the coming months.  This will be chosen by the session leader dependent on the weather.  You have already been sent the application forms but if you need further information please contact

MCofS website contains feedback from previous year participants if you would like to find out more.

Scottish High Schools Climbing Competition 2011 - Finals

Well done to Rachel and Angus for taking the titles at the Secondary Schools Finals today at Glasgow. This competition is open to anyone at Secondary school from S1 to S6.  All ages boys and girls climb the same routes.

YCS First Round Results

Well done to everyone who took part yesterday. Full Results here.

Top marks of the day go to Rory Whyte for a perfect 480 in the Boys 8-10 and well done to new members Declan Currie for taking 3rd place in the same category in his first YCS competition and Evan Davis for taking 5th.

In the Girls 8-10 Glasgow's Rhiannon Freireich dominated but our girls Emma Davidson took 3rd with Amelia Blunt 4th.

The 11-13 categories were hard fought to the end with very little seperating the top spots.  Calum, Robbie, Ross, Eleanor, Gaz and Simon had set some wicked routes (one of which threw GB team member and Demonstrator Angus Davidson off to cheers from the crowd)  and it really was down to the wire before we could write the winners' certificates.

In the Girls Gabriella Stewart truimphed with an excellent final route climb marginally beating Eilidh Vass Payne into second place by 2 points.  Elle Hogarth's first time success on the final boulder put her in third place over our own Claudia Charlwood in 4th.  Countback is only used to seperate out the top three places so only one point behind and finishing fifth equal were Kirsten Gray, Keira Farmer, Kirsten Taylor with Jodie Brown and Hannah Grindley in 9th and 10th.

In the Boys 11-13 William Bosi held his cool to take first place just ahead of Robert Davidson.  Ewan Davidson secured 4th, with Lewis Davidson 5th and Ruaraidh Middleton 7th.

The 14 - 16 Boys and Girls all climbed as a group and had to contend with some very tricky routes that had GB team member and demonstrator Rachel Carr taking her time. After an excellent final 2 routes Abigail Blunt finished in 2nd place with Lyndsay Forsyth 4th, Alexandra Blunt 5th and Megan Saunders 6th.  Euan King fought hard for an extra hold that gave him first place ahead of Jamie Drummond 2nd and Alexander Bosi 3rd

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make it a smooth operation and an enjoyable event for everyone involved.  Bring on Round 2.

EICA Bouldering Competition Saturday 19th Feb - Results

Here are the results from yesterday's Boulder Comp posted on the EICA instructors blog site
(ps spellings are theirs not mine)

Welcome to our New Members

Following recent 'meet & greet' sessions we are pleased to welcome 6 new members to the club (and their associates).

Please go up an introduce yourself if you see someone in a Quickdraw top you don't recognise.

British Bouldering Championships - 15/16 January 2011 - Results

Well done to our Quickdraws (& friends) who braved the long journey to London to take part in the BBCs recently.

3 Peak Sponsored Climb Raised nearly £1,000

On 7th November 2010, 22 members of the Quickdraw Climbing Club met up at the Slab Wall in EICA to climb the equivalent height of Britain’s top 3 peaks  Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike (3407 metres in total).  At the end of the 4 hours they had allotted themselves for the challenge, and after some impressive individual performances, they in fact topped 7,272m, more than twice their target and the equivalent of the World’s 92nd highest peak, Mount Mana in the Himalayas.

European Youth Cup returning to EICA

The latest IFSC 2011 competition calendar lists a round of the 2011 European Youth Cup to be held at EICA 21-22nd May.  The calendar lists Lead and Speed categories for Youth B, A and Junior.  Although still provisional we'll keep our fingers crossed at the prospect of some more great international climbing on our home turf. 

This event would take place a week before the MCofS Scottish Youth Climbing Championships at EICA (28th May) so would be a great start to the summer.

Xmas Party

As you can see lots of fun was had at this year's Xmas Party..

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