The BMC Youth Climbing Series is a climbing competition for young people. The series is extremely popular and attracts hundreds of young climbers nationwide.
The competition is open to young people so whether you're new to climbing, or already have some experience, this could be the competition for you.
There is a new format for 2019 with four rounds; two roped and two boulder. Each round consists of seven seperate events taking place simultaneously across seven different regions in England and Wales. The series will culminate in a two day Grand Final where the top three in each category from each BMC area, and from Scotland and Ireland, take part.
To be eligible for the Grand Final it is necessary to take part in a minimum of three regional rounds in the area that a climber lives.
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 12 January (boulder)
Round 2: Saturday 26 January (roped)
Round 3: Saturday 2 March (boulder)
Round 4: Saturday 23 March (roped)
Entry closing dates England & Wales
Round 1: Entries close 12pm Wednesday 2 January
Round 2: Entries close 12pm Wednesday 16 January
Round 3: Entries close 12pm Wednesday 20 February
Round 4: Entries close 12pm Wednesday 13 March
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April (venue TBC)
How to enter
Entry is online only and by the entry closing times stated above.
Competitors will be unable to enter after the entry closing times, or on the day of the competition (there will be no exceptions).
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT PAYMENT IS MADE BY THE ENTRY CLOSING TIMES. FORMS WITHOUT PAYMENT BY THE ENTRY CLOSING TIMES WILL BE DELETED AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE PART IN THE EVENT/S.
London & SE (North) north of the M4/Thames OR in RG postcode
Round 1: Big Rock Bond (boulder)
Round 2: The XC (roped)
Round 3: Mile End Climbing Wall (boulder)
Round 4: Westway Climbing (roped)
London & SE (South) south of the M4/Thames AND NOT in RG postcode
Round 1: Boulder Shack (boulder)
Round 2: High Sports Brighton (roped)
Round 3: Chimera Climbing Centre (boulder)
Round 4: White Spider Climbing (roped)
Midlands & Peak
Round 1: The Depot Climbing Centre Birmingham (boulder)
Round 2: The Foundry Climbing Centre (roped)
Round 3: The Depot Climbing Centre Sheffield (boulder)
Round 4: Green Spider Climbing Hereford (roped)
North East & Yorkshire
Round 1: The Depot Climbing Centre Leeds (boulder)
Round 2: Climb ROF 59 (roped)
Round 3: The Valley Bouldering Centre (boulder)
Round 4: The Big Depot Climbing Centre Leeds (roped)
North West & Lakes
Round 1: Boulder UK (boulder)
Round 2: Awesome Walls Stockport (roped)
Round 3: The Depot Climbing Centre Manchester (boulder)
Round 4: Kendal Wall (roped)
Round 1: Project Climbing Centre (boulder)
Round 2: Quay Climbing Centre (roped)
Round 3: The Climbing Hangar Plymouth (boulder)
Round 4: Plymouth Life Centre (roped)
Round 1: Boulder Hut (boulder)
Round 2: Summit Centre - Rock UK (roped)
Round 3: The Boardroom (boulder)
Round 4: Beacon Climbing Centre (roped)
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 (International Federation of Sport Climbing) system.
Youth A those born in 2002 & 2003
Youth B those born in 2004 & 2005
Youth C those born in 2006 & 2007
Youth D those born in 2008 & 2009
Youth E those born in 2010 & 2011
Each roped round comprises of 5 routes per category. Each boulder round comprises of 10 blocs per 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.
Costs per round
£15 BMC member (volunteer)
£20 BMC member (not volunteering)
£20 non-member (volunteer)
£25 non-member (not volunteering)
£8 income support (volunteer)
£10 income support (not volunteering)
If you cancel with less than five business days of the competition - you will not be entitled to a refund.
If you cancel with more than five business days of the competition - you will receive a 100% refund.
ALL COMPETITORS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN AT THE EVENT.
Parents or guardians must hand-in a signed parental consent form at EACH round, you will NOT be able to compete without one.
Download the parental consent form
Results will be published by 5pm on the Monday after each round.
View the 2018 grand final results
An email will be sent to all competitors with event details on the Tuesday before each round.
Rules and other necessary information will be provided ahead of Round 1.
Please email email@example.com
Follow our YCS Facebook page to be notified and keep up to date on announcements and changes.
If you're under 18 (or a student) you can join us for just £19.35 a year. Or, £16.97 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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