Friendly and fun: BMC Paraclimbing Series 2017

Posted by Peter Burnside on 09/08/2017
The GB Paraclimbing Team at the World Champs. Photo: Liam Lonsdale

Open to all aspiring paraclimbers, the BMC and Climb Scotland Paraclimbing Series is a friendly competition aimed at giving people an authentic competitive experience. This series is organised by the BMC, Climb Scotland, Manchester Climbing Centre, Newcastle Climbing Centre, Edinburgh International Climbing Arena and the Castle Climbing Centre, London.

This series of events aims to provide disabled people with an opportunity to have a go at climbing in the competitive environment. It will be run in friendly surroundings with lots of experienced people on hand to assist. We hope as many paraclimbers as possible will attend the four events and we hope some climbers will attend more than one event to vie for the title of series winner. 

DATES & VENUES  2017

We plan to use this series as a basis for talent identification and selection for the GB Paraclimbing Team. The 2017 Paraclimbing Team are sponsored by Berghaus and Birchall Blackburn Law.

WATCH: The BMC Paraclimbing Series 2015 on BMC TV

CATEGORIES

There will be nine different categories – Male and Female:

  • Using Upper & Lower Limbs (any number) (Neurological Physical Disability)
  • Lower Body Amputation/Limbless
  • Upper Body Amputation/Limbless
  • Visual Impairment
  • Hearing Impairment
  • People with learning disabilities
  • Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Condition
  • Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)
  • Mental Health support needs

COMPETITION FORMAT

Competitors will have to climb three roped climbs and three boulder problems and will be given a score on each one dependant on height gained. The climber with the best score in each category will win.

COMPETITION TIMINGS

Round 1: This event is run by Climb Scotland – Full details, including entry, here

Round 2

  • 10:00am - 2:00pm – Registration opens – competitors can turn up at any time during the day.
  • 10:30am – Climbing starts.
  • 4:00pm – Climbing finishes.
  • 4:30pm – Prize giving.

Rounds 3 & 4

  • 11:00am - 4:00pm – Registration opens – competitors can turn up at any time during the day.
  • 11:30am – Climbing starts.
  • 6:00pm – Climbing finishes.
  • 6:30pm – Prize giving.

Notes

Please note we will be putting top ropes on the boulder problems to allow competitors to be able to put in maximum effort without the worry of an awkward landing off the boulder problems.

Overall series winners will be crowned at this event, and competitors must have competed in at least two events to have an overall series result.

ENTRY FEE

Prior online registration – all entrants:

Round 1 – Full details, including entry, here

Rounds 2, 3 & 4

  • 1 event – £8
  • 2 events – £15
  • All 3 events – £22

On the day registration, all entrants: £10

Please note that competitors are responsible for bringing their own carer and support workers appropriate to the competitors disability, to assist them to participate in the event. The BMC is not responsible for providing support workers appropriate to each competitors disability, but the staff and volunteers involved in the competition will do their best to help and support competitors to compete the best they can.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Please note, entry forms for Rounds 2-4 are not yet open. 
  • Please complete the online entry form at least two days before each event. Entries on the day will be accepted, but online entry is preferable.
  • Parental consent must be given for any competitor aged 12 to 17 years on the day of the event.
  • All applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their application. They will then receive a further e-mail containing full event information two days before the event.

Please note that emails do not always reach their destination, it is therefore your responsibility to contact the BMC if email notification has not been received the day before the event.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • TWITTER: Follow the BMC Competitions Twitter feed: @BMC_Comps
  • Rob Adie (BMC Competition Climbing Officer) tel: 0161 438 3318 / email: rob@thebmc.co.uk

 

The GB Climbing Team is supported by the BMC, Berghausand the Arch Climbing Walland the GB Paraclimbing Team is supported by Birchall Blackburn Law. Many UK walls also support the British Climbing Team through free or subsidised entry.

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1) Anonymous User
09/08/2017
I believe the date of the 4th round is wrong. It should be Sat 9 Dec. I checked with Newcastle Climbing Centre.
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It's a bit late to be messing about with dates for the rounds. People have already booked and made travel arrangements.

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