Photo: Euan Ryan
Round 2 of the YCS will take place on 28th February at climbing walls at Inverness Leisure for the north sector and Avertical World in Dundee for the south sector, and entries are still being welcomed from youngstersaged from eight to 17.
Indoor climbing is becoming increasingly popular among young people, providing a great outlet for energy – particularly through the dark months – feeding a thirst for adventure in a controlled environment and helping kids to form links with others in real life, away from the keyboard.
The Youth Climbing Series is run by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, governing body for sport climbing in Scotland, and is a series of fun and friendly competitions which, besides possibly leading to a place on the national team, are a great way for young climbers to meet others with the same interests in their area.
The top three climbers in each age and gender category make up the MCofS regional teams for Scotland North and Scotland South, and will compete with the other regional teams from England, Wales and Ireland at the British Final in April at EICA Ratho, near Edinburgh. The two regional teams will also make up the Scottish Youth Squad for the year and will receive various benefits including coaching.
The Mountaineering Council of Scotland has released a short video from the competition to tempt young climbers – and newcomers to the sport – to join in.
The remaining Scottish heats are: Round 2, 28th February – Inverness Leisure, and Avertical World, Dundee; Round 3, 21st March – Transition Extreme, Aberdeen, and Alien Rock 1, Edinburgh.
The UK and Ireland Grand Final will be held at EICA: Ratho, near Edinburgh, on 25th April.
Details of the competition and how to enter can be found at the MCofS website at http://www.mcofs.org.uk/youth-climbing-series.asp