Be your best: in the Paraclimbing Series 2018

Posted by Zoe Spriggins on 13/09/2018
Paraclimbing at Oakwood Climbing Centre. Photo: Oakwood Climbing Centre

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 and Mountaineering Scotland.

This is a series of events 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 to get as many paraclimbers as possible to attend the four events and we will hopefully get climbers attending more than one event so we can have some series winners.

DATES AND VENUES

  • Round 1 – 15 September at EICA Ratho (Book through Mountaineering Scotland)
  • Round 2 – 13 October – Rock UK Summit Centre, Merthyr Tydfil. Registration closes; 5pm on Monday 8 October
  • Round 3 – 10 November – Newcastle Climbing Centre. Registration closes at 5pm on Monday 5 November
  • Round 4 – 1 December – Manchester Climbing Centre. Registration closes at 5pm on Monday 26 November

CATEGORIES

The selection event will include the following categories as per international standards:

  • Upper Arm Amputee
  • Leg Amputee
  • Visually Impaired B1 B2 B3
  • NPD 1 (RP 1), NPD 2 (RP 2), NPD  3 (RP 3)
  • Open

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.

DOWNLOAD: the rules here

COMPETITION TIMINGS

Round 1 – This event is run by Mountaineering Scotland

Rounds 2, 3 & 4

  • Registration opens at 10:30am
  • Registration closes at 12pm- anyone arriving after this time will be not be eligible to take part.

NOTES

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 Round 4, and competitors must have competed in at least three events to have an overall series result and at each event there must be at least three competitors per category to accrue series ranking points.

ENTRY FEE

Prior online registration – all entrants:

Rounds 2, 3 & 4

  • One event – £10
  • All three events – £25

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 complete the online entry form before the started deadlines
  • 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

  • Zoe Spriggins (BMC Competition Program Manager) tel: 0161 438 3313 / email: zoe@thebmc.co.uk

GB Climbing is supported by the BMC, Mountaineering ScotlandClif Bar, and Duco.

The GB Paraclimbing Team is supported by Oakwood Climbing Centre and Quay Climbing Centre. The GB Ice Climbing Team is supported by Montane. Many UK walls also support the GB Climbing through free or subsidised entry.

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