Youth Climbing Series kicks off

Eilidh vas Payne competing in the 2013 YCS
Eilidh vas Payne competing in the 2013 YCS
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Kids got you climbing the wall?

Then why not turn the tables on them and get them to climb the walls.

Indoor climbing is becoming increasingly popular among young people, providing a great outlet for energy, 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 Mountaineering Council of Scotland, governing body for sport climbing in Scotland, is now taking entries for the Youth Climbing Series 2014, a series of fun and friendly competitions for climbers aged between eight and 17, with heats held around the country.

The competitions are open to any young climber and, although competitive, are also fun and a great way to meet other climbers 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 June 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 local Scottish heats are: Round 1, 8thCentre; Round 2, 1st

March – Edinburgh University and The Ice Factor, Kinlochleven.

Details of the competition and how to enter can be found at the MCofS website at

February – Glasgow Climbing Centre and Inverness Leisure

March – The Peak, Stirling, and Transition Extreme, Aberdeen; Round 3, 29th