Over ninety young climbers competed at the final round of
the Mountaineering Ireland Youth Climbing Series on Saturday 5th of
April at Awesome Walls, Dublin.
The standard of climbing across all ten of the competition
categories was really impressive. The climbing standard has been improving
steadily year on year for the past number of years and this year has been no
As well as being an important competitive event for many of
the young climbers the Youth Climbing Series is a fantastic social gathering
for them. It draws together young climbers from all corners, attracting a wide
variety of ages, abilities and experiences.
For some of the competitors it was their first time competing
at such a large competition. If you are used to a small local climbing wall, with
a small handful of climbers, the transition to climbing on the seemingly
endless walls at Awesome Walls Dublin in front of hundreds of people is
daunting to say the least. However what might stop many adults in their tracks
is taken in stride by the kids.
Great Outdoors who have been incredible sponsors of the climbing
scene sweetened the day by sponsoring prizes for the top three
climbers in each of the categories. As soon as the prize giving was finished
the prize winners rushed down to the shop to spend their prize vouchers.
The top three climbers in each of the categories qualify to
go to Edinburgh at the End of June to compete in the Youth Climbing Series
Grand Final. This competition will be held at the Ratho climbing wall and will
attract about 400 climbers. Between now and there will be a number of training
sessions organised to help the young climbers best prepare for performing on an
even bigger stage.
For full results of the competition please click here: RESULTS
Running a Youth Climbing Series competition entails a huge amount of help and support. Mountaineering Ireland would like to thank Awesome Walls, Dublin for hosting the competition and Great Outdoors for sponsoring the prizes. Route setting was done by Terry O Connor, Juan O Raw, Jono Redmond, Brian Hall, Michael Duffy and Ricky Bell.
The competition is made possible thanks to a massive voluntary effort. Belaying, judging and chaperoning is largely carried out by the competitors parents. The results were dealt with amazing efficiency by Kat Armstrong and Kathleen Murphy. The climbs were demoed by Darragh O Connor, Dave Cussen and Matthew Dignam, all climbers who are now too old to compete in the the Youth Climbing Series but are willing to put back into the competitions.