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Paraclimb Festival - Scotland's inclusive climbing competition

2017 Festival: 9 September at EICA Ratho

Mountaineering Scotland organised the first paraclimbing competition in Scotland in November 2014 hosted at EICA Ratho. For 2016, the event was held alongside the Mountaineering Scotland Scottish National Youth Climbing Championships for an exciting day of inclusive climbing.

The event is now also part of the British Para Climbing Series organised by the BMC and so members of the GB Para Climbing Team will be there.

You don't have to be doing the series or trying to get onto the GB Team to take part - you don't even have to have climbed before - many people simply come along to enjoy a great day of climbing.

Photo by Sandy Carr

You can check the results of the most recent and previous competitions here.

2017 Paraclimbing competition results

2015 Paraclimbing competition results. The full report for the 2015 competition

All categories are operated as an open event available to all

The event is open to non-climbers as well as those more experienced 

There are no specific age categories but the minimum age for competing is 12 (in the year of the competition)

Climbing categories:

1.       Using upper and lower limbs (any number)

2.       Using upper limbs only

3.       Using upper limbs only (that have impairments)

4.       Athletes with sensory impairments

5.       Athletes with learning disabilities

6.       Emotional & behavioural difficulties (EBD)

7.       Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

8.       Autistic spectrum condition (ASC)

9.       Mental health support needs

10.     Arm amputee

There are separate male and female categories. Entrants may provide their own climbing equipment (rock shoes, harness, chalk bag and helmet) but harnesses and helmets will be available free of charge.

Photo by Sandy Carr

The event comprises a single competition with no qualifying round

Registration starts at 10am, the competition starts at 11am

Competitors can watch each other climb

There will be three boulder problems on which competitors will have three attempts

There will be three routes on which competitors will have one attempt

All boulder problems and routes will be top-roped

Competitors will be given a score card for the routes in their category at registration

Score cards must be handed to the designated judges of each route / boulder problem, who will then sign off the score achieved

The highest (furthest) hold used or held will determine the points awarded

Scores for all routes and problems are totalled to give an overall score

Competitors are responsible for bringing their own carer and support workers appropriate to the competitor's disability, to assist them to participate in the event. Mountaineering Scotland is not responsible for providing support workers appropriate to each competitorís disability, but the staff and volunteers involved in the competition will do their best to help and support competitors to compete the best they can.

9 September at EICA Ratho

The Scottish Paraclimb Festival is round one of the BMC/Mountaineering Scotland Paraclimbing Series 2017-18. The series is spread across Britain and offers paraclimbers a chance to have a go, no matter where they live. You can do your local competition and some or all of the rest of the series.

The GB Team is selected on the basis of results from the series and you can keep up with the results at the GB TEam website. Details of the GB Paraclimbing team

Paraclimbing Series 2017-18:

Round 1 - 9 September, Edinburgh International Climbing Arena

Round 2 - 17 October, Castle Climbing Centre

Round 3 - 11 November, Manchester Climbing Centre

Round 4 - 9 December, Newcastle Climbing Centre

Prior registration (all entrants): £10

We cannot accept entry on the day, so please pre-book.

Members and non-members can book their place through the 'Members Portal'. Existing members who are first time users of the portal will need to set up their login via the 'first time access' tab and follow on-screen instructions. Non-members will need to log in to the portal via the 'join us' option, enter their details and follow on-screen instructions, then go straight into the 'events & courses' tab at the top of the page.


We will send you email confirmation of your booking and will then ask you to indicate which category you will be competing in and the further details if you will be accompanied by a support worker.

If you have trouble call our Admin team on 01738 493942

Please book On-Line at: Members Portal

Kevin Howett (Sport Development Officer) tel: 01738 493 942