News 2012

Title: Scottish Youth Bouldering Championships 2012
Date: 30/05/2012
Scottish Youth Bouldering Championships 2012

30 May 2012

Saul Calvert focusing on the next hold from Saturday's qualifiers

Last weekend, the (first officially endorsed by Mountaineering Council of Scotland) Scottish Youth Bouldering Championships took place at TCA Glasgow.
A full collection of photos can be found here
The format was the similar to the Irish Bouldering Championships (which took place in February at Gravity Climbing Centre - report and results here), "an open qualifying round where climbers will have several hours to complete a series of 15 problems in their own time. They will be allowed to attempt the problems as many times as they wish with scoring given to the number of attempts it takes to complete the problem: 1st attempt (10 points); 2nd attempt (7 points), 3rd attempt (5 points) any further attempt (1 point). There will then follow a final and a possible super final if required. Both these will be scored using the new IFSC 2012 rules."

With a very large crowd of very enthusiastic youths (Aged 8-19), a very successful event was had by all. 14 competitors took part from Ireland, and all had a fun day on the varied and challenging problems that were set by the staff of TCA. There was some frustration/tears, but there was a lot more smiles! And there was a lot of very sleepy looking youths by the evening after a long day of activity. Everyone tried their absolute hardest and all can be proud of their achievements.

In all, from the 5 age categories, Ireland finished up with 6 podium positions, winning two of the categories outright (Male Youth B and Junior Females). Of inspiration to all, was the youngest competitors who had to take part in their first real finals, including Isolation periods and only 4 minutes to attempt each of the final three problems. They were all incredible in their calmness and willingness to give it their best!

Following on from this, and after rest that evening, the group had a practice day at Ratho Climbing Centre on Sunday. There were a lot of tired bodies from the previous day, but all did well (with the help of Eddie Cooper, National Coach) overcoming the intimidating size of Ratho, some learning to lead, learning to fall and trust the rope. As you can imagine, there were some very quiet cars on the way home on Sunday evening (much to the thanks of some grateful parents!).

Jamie Rankin on one of the trickier problems from the qualifiers

Scottish Competitor, Rachel Carr, showing that it wasn't all serious on the day!

MI would like to thank all the parents that came along to help out and support the enthusiastic climbers over the weekend.

Neal McQuaid, Mountaineering Ireland

Photo Credits: All photos by Sandy Carr and Eddie Cooper.