Youth Climbing Series

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 series culminates in a two-day Grand Final where the top three in each category from each BMC region, and from Scotland and Ireland, are invited to take part for a united finale. Entry to the Youth Climbing Series must be done through your National Governing Body (BMC, Mountaineering Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland).

The competition is open to first-time competitors, as well as experienced competition climbers from categories Youth E to Youth A. See the category table below to see if your child is eligible to enter:

There are four regional rounds; two roped and two boulder. Each round consists of eight separate events taking place simultaneously across eight 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 region, and from Scotland and Ireland, are invited to take part.

At the end of the last regional round, each competitor's Series score shall be the aggregate of their three best ranking results in the Series. The top three competitors in each category in each region at the end of the regional Series who have competed in at least three rounds will qualify to enter the Grand Final. Youth E are not eligible to attend the Grand Final.

Dates: England & Wales

Round 1 | TBC

Round 2 | TBC

Round 3 | TBC

Round 4 | TBC

Grand Final | TBC | Invitation Only (venue TBC)

Scottish Youth Climbing Series
Mountaineering Scotland run their own Youth Climbing Series consisting of four rounds, two boulder and two roped. The top three in each eligible category, after the four rounds, will make the Scottish Team and be invited to attend the Grand Final.

Irish Youth Climbing Series
Mountaineering Ireland run their own Youth Climbing Series and the top three in each category will be invited to attend the Grand Final.

BMC regions:

Competitors can compete in a region of their choice but MUST compete within the same region throughout the entire series.

DOWNLOAD: YCS Region Map

YCS Venues

Competitors can compete in a region of their choice but MUST compete within the same region throughout the entire series. If no venue is shown for a round, there are currently only three rounds confirmed for this region. This may change at a later date.

Each region has a unique entry cap on their regional rounds based on the maximum number of competitors the smallest wall in their region can facilitate. This must be used to ensure the safety of the competitors, spectators, volunteers and wall staff.

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Round 1 & 2:  28th & 29th Sept in North Wales

Round 3 & 4: 19th & 20th October in South Wales

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A rough guide to the Youth Climbing Series

  • Entry opening and closing TBC Late entries are not accepted.
  • To enter you must complete our online booking form, with successful payment, by the entry deadline.
  • Forms without payment will NOT be counted. If you haven’t used the online booking system before, then you will need to create an account to log in.
  • All competitors MUST be a member of the BMC to enter. Join the BMC from £1.56 / month
  • On the day entry is strictly forbidden.
  • If you are experiencing difficulty with the booking system, please contact us ycs@thebmc.co.uk before the entry deadline.
  • Each region has a unique entry cap which can be found here. Entries are on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Competitors can compete in a region of their choice
  • but MUST compete within the same region throughout the entire series.
  • There will be one opportunity to enter across a 3-week period. You cannot enter at any other point throughout the series.
  • First-time competition climbers and experienced competition climbers can take part.
  • Male and female climbers. These categories are separated.
  • Climbers who are comfortable using the appropriate equipment required for each discipline without assistance, this includes tying in with a figure-of-eight knot and putting on a harness.
  • Climbers who fall under the age categories listed here.
  • Climbers who are comfortable attempting to climb within the estimated grades in the table here.
  • Climbers who are motivated, willing to push themselves, encouraging to those around them and are respectful of the hosting walls and volunteers.

Each region has a Youth Climbing Series Coordinator (YCSC) which is a voluntary role. The YCSC is responsible for the overall running of each round and is the best point of contact on the day. Additionally there are other volunteer roles in the YCS that are pivotal to the running of the BMC Youth Climbing Series. Please volunteer if you can. The more volunteers there are, the smoother the events can run.

  • Volunteer requirements here (boulder)
  • Volunteer requirements here (roped)

Parents of competitors can confirm their intention to volunteer on the entry form.  Anyone else wishing to volunteer please email the YCS team: ycs@thebmc.co.uk stating which region, rounds and roles you are able to do. Roles will be allocated on the day.

The YCS is a volunteer run event and requires the help of parents, coaches and local climbers in order to run. We ask that everyone considers volunteering if they’re able to.

If your YCSC needs more volunteers on the day, then they will do a call-out ahead of the climbing start time.

If you are interested in volunteering at your regional round, please contact – ycs@thebmc.co.uk

All volunteers are required to complete a volunteer form on the day.

All competitors must be a member of the BMC to enter. Join here.

£140.00  - for all four rounds
£35.00  - per individual rounds

Income support / Universal credit:

£70.00  - for all four rounds
£17.50  - per individual rounds

(Proof required, please contact - ycs@thebmc.co.uk)

  • If you cancel with less than five business days of the competition - you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • If you cancel more than five business days before the competition - you will receive a 50% refund of the cancelled round/s.
  • If a regional round is cancelled due to an unforeseen circumstance - you will be entitled to a full refund of that round.
  • If you no longer plan on attending your booked rounds, please email us to ensure you are eligible for a refund.

All competitors must be accompanied by one parent/guardian only at each round.

An additional parent/guardian, spectator or coach can attend if they are fulfilling a volunteer role only.

See below for further clarity:

  • Coaches can attend if acting as the sole responsible person for the child on the day

  • Coaches can attend if they are volunteering

  • Can coaches can attend if a parent/guardian is volunteering and the coach is acting as the sole responsible person? As above.

  • We do not allow for any spectators of any kind. We only allow additional persons when fulfilling a volunteer role or are acting as the responsible person for the child on the day.

  • If additional persons pay entry to the wall, the centre can turn you away over climbing custom or if they reach their max capacity. Host venues must adhere to fire and safety regulations and to ensure additional persons do not impact on the functionality of the centre.

  • Host walls are entitled to charge a spectator fee to those who are in addition to the one responsible parent/guardian at each round. Please contact the host wall for this information.

  • Parent, guardians and coaches must remain within the ‘viewing zones’ to ensure the safety and smooth-running of the competition.

  • Spectators must abide by the rules of the centre and if instructed to move by staff or volunteers, then must do so without hesitation.

  • We cannot accommodate additional spectators due to strict venue capacity limits.

Please familiarise yourself with the rules ahead of the competition.

DOWNLOAD: YCS Rules and Regulations

  • For any queries please email ycs@thebmc.co.uk
  • Keep up to date by following our YCS Facebook page here
  • Entry day for the entire series TBC
  • An email will be sent to all competitors with event details on the Tuesday before each round
  • See here for more competitions for young people
  • For an explanation of the difference between leading and top-roping a route, please see A Parents Guide to Climbing
  • Each round consists of eight separate events taking place simultaneously across eight 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 region, and from Scotland and
  • Ireland, are invited to take part. Youth E are not eligible to attend the Grand Final.
  • The roped rounds are made up of four routes per category and the boulder round made up of eight blocs per category.
  • For the roped round in categories A, B and C routes are led. In categories D and E they are top-roped.
  • Each region has a unique entry cap on their regional rounds based on the maximum number of competitors the smallest wall in their region
  • can facilitate.
  • The top 3 from each region will receive a medal at round 4.

Results will be published below by 5pm on the Monday after each round.

  • View the 2022 results for all rounds here
  • View the 2021 Grand Final results here
  • Bring a big bottle of water and plenty of snacks.
  • Bring plenty of layers to keep yourself warm, it can get cold!
  • Bring a book/magazine/games console to keep yourself busy in between climbs.
  • If you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask your judge or YCSC, especially if it’s about a climb you’re about to attempt.
  • Be sure to read the sequence of your routes/blocs before you pull onto the climb. Check for alternative methods of completing the climb and check for any ‘out-of-bounds’ tape.
  • Don’t take the competition too seriously, you’re there to have a good time!
  • Equipment; climbing shoes, harness, helmet (optional) and chalk bag.
  • If you need to rent any equipment from the host wall, please call them in advance to ensure availability.
  • There is a 30-minute appeals window after the results have been published. Any appeals after this time frame will not be considered.
  • Any disagreement with judging decisions

Parents and young participants should be aware that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Parents and participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

Competitors must be accompanied at each round by a responsible adult for the duration of the event.

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