The BMC Youth Climbing Series is a fun climbing competition for young people. The series is extremely popular and attracts hundreds of young climbers nationwide.
The competition is open to all young people so whether you're new to climbing, or already have some experience, this could be just the competition for you.
There are three regional rounds in seven BMC areas followed by a Grand Final where the top three in each category from each BMC area, and from Scotland and Ireland, take part.
Mountaineering Scotland hold their own Youth Climbing Series with two areas: Scotland North and Scotland South. The top 3 in each category in the Scottish Final go through to the Grand Final.
Mountaineering Ireland run their own Youth Climbing Series and the top 3 in each category from the final go through to the Grand Final.
Dates England & Wales
Round 1: Saturday 27 January (entries close on Sunday 21 January)
Round 2: Saturday 3 March (entries close on Sunday 25 February)
Round 3: Saturday 24 March (entries close on Sunday 18 March)
Saturday 28 April at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena Ratho
London & SE (North) north of the M4/Thames OR in RG postcode
Round 1: Big Rock Climbing Centre
Round 2: The XC
Round 3: Westway Climbing
London & SE (South) south of the M4/Thames AND NOT in RG postcode
Round 1: The Reach Climbing Wall
Round 2: High Sports Brighton
Round 3: White Spider Climbing
Midlands & Peak
Round 1: The Foundry Climbing Centre, Sheffield
Round 2: Redpoint Climbing Centre (Worcester)
Round 3: Awesome Walls Climbing Centre (Sheffield)
North East & Yorkshire
Round 1: Huddersfield Climbing Centre
Round 2: The Leeds Wall
Round 3: Sunderland Wall
North West & Lakes
Round 1: The North West Face
Round 2: Manchester Climbing Centre
Round 3: Lakeland Climbing Centre
Round 1: Everyone Active, Plymouth Life Centre
Round 2: Redpoint Climbing Centre (Bristol)
Round 3: The Quay Climbing Centre (Exeter)
Round 1: The Beacon Climbing Centre
Round 2: Boulders Climbing Centre
Round 3: Summit Centre - Rock UK
There are five categories and each is split into boys and girls. The categories are called Youth A, B, C, D and E and follow the IFSC system (International Federation of Sport Climbing) system.
Youth A those born in 2001 & 2002
Youth B those born in 2003 & 2004
Youth C those born in 2005 & 2006
Youth D those born in 2007 & 2008
Youth E those born in 2009 & 2010
Each event comprises 3 routes and 3 boulder problems for each category. In categories A, B and C routes are led. In categories D and E they are top-roped. For an explanation of the difference between leading and top-roping please see A Parents Guide to Climbing
To be eligible for the Grand Final it is necessary to take part in at least two regional rounds in the Area that a climber lives. If a series is not organised in their region climbers may enter the series in the region nearest to them.
How to enter
Entry is online only and by the dates stated. Competitors will be unable to enter after the dates stipulated, or on the day of the competition (there will be no exceptions).
Round 1: entries close on Sunday 21 January
Round 2: entries close on Sunday 25 February
Round 3: entries close on Sunday 18 March
BMC members £25
Income support £8
BMC members £35
Income support £14
BMC members £45
Income support £20
Download the rough guide
Download the full rules
Download the 2017 grand final results
Please contact Becky McGovern at the BMC by email or telephone 0161 438 3302
If you're under 18 (or a student) you can join us for just £18.35 a year. Or, £15.72 for your first year on Direct Debit. With members discounts in over 600 outdoor shops, you'll start saving money as soon as you start buying gear.
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