BMC Youth Climbing Series Finals!!!!!


Big CAC picture at Ratho!

On Saturday 28th June I travelled up to the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena in Ratho to compete in the national finals of the BMC Youth Climbing Series.  I had been training hard and felt ready and psyched to be going.


I was first to climb in my group, up route number one, which I topped easily.  Boulders one and two were flashes, as was route number two.  Boulder three proved more difficult, and I didn’t get the footwork needed to top this one.  Route number three was up a big set of tufas, and I, along with most of the group, popped off just over half-way.  This put me in 6th position overall, which was just outside what I had hoped for, but still an improvement on last year’s 9th.  I was really pleased to have flashed four out of the six climbs, and knew that the others were possible.  I was also excited to have met members of the GB Team, and got a new CAC T-shirt!


Me and Molly!

I went back to Ratho on the Sunday, and sorted out more of problem three and the final route, as you can see on the video above.  I left Edinburgh really happy, determined to keep working hard and looking forward to climbing outside in the summer holidays.

Climbing at many walls!

Thanks to the funding from Leicester City Council, I have been able to travel to other climbing walls recently, as part of my training for the BMC YCS National Finals.

I always enjoy going to new walls, and reckon I’ve climbed at 17 different walls altogether, in the last year.  I like different ones for different reasons.  For example, I really loved the kids’ boulder circuit at The Climbing Station, Loughborough, as it gave me a challenge without setting things out of my reach.

I like the long routes at Awesome Walls, Sheffield and Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, Ratho.  Here’s a picture of me nearing the top of the 30m wall at the EICA.


I’m near the top of the green route – can you see me?

When I was at The Foundry, Sheffield, just a couple of weeks ago, they had a brilliant route up a set of tufas, which meant I could practice my lay-backs.


Like a monkey!

The Tower, Leicester has been a great place to do endurance training, by doing 4x4s up the overhanging panel 15.  I’ve also been able to concentrate on using features here.

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I do think it’s very important to go and climb at as many places as possible, so I’m really grateful that the funding from Leicester City Council has helped this.

Black LCC