Scottish Youth Climbing Championships

Two weeks ago we made the long journey back up to Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, Ratho so I could compete in the MCofS Scottish Youth Climbing Championships.  It was a great event and it was nice to see some of the girls from the BMC National Finals again.  I flashed both the qualifying routes and went through the the final in joint first.  This was my first time in proper isolation, which was a bit weird but OK.

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Climbing the final route

Our final route was graded F7a+ and I climbed as high as just one other girl.  The difference was, she did it in 3mins 2secs and I took 3mins 27secs, so I took the silver.  I was very happy with this, and with how my climbing has developed over the summer holidays.  As ever, we made a little video, which I hope you enjoy. IMG_3711 I am now getting ready for the Midlands Youth Climbing Series again, which starts at Alter Rock in less than two weeks time.  I’m in Girls D this time, so am looking forward to testing my skills against some harder climbs.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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