The Paraclimb Festival is more than just a competition, with different levels of participation possible, from simply getting a taster of what paraclimbing is about up to competing in the British Paraclimbing Series.
There are three options:
All competitors should ensure they come with appropriate care support if required.
All categories are operated as open events available to all.
There are no specific age categories but the minimum age for competing is 12 (in the year of the competition).
Competitors may provide their own climbing equipment (rock shoes, harness, chalk bag and helmet) but harnesses and helmets are available free of charge.
Categories for the Paraclimbing competition are changing this year to come in line with the International categories as defined by the IFSC in 2018. Competitors are responsible for selecting the category in which they wish to compete. If you are not sure which category you should be competing in, please get in touch. You may also wish to ask your doctor or physio to give advice in this respect.
1. Visually Impaired (B1)
2. Visually Impaired (B2)
3. Visually Impaired (B3)
4. Leg Amputee (AL1)
5. Leg Amputee (AL2)
6. Arm Amputee (AU1)
7. Arm Amputee (AU2)
8. Neurological and Physical Disability (RP1)
9. Neurological and Physical Disability (RP2)
10. Neurological and Physical Disability (RP3)
11. Open Category (for anyone not covered by the above categories)
There are separate male and female categories. Climbers will compete within the gender category with which they identify with. See our Transgender policy
Please Note: We may combine some categories depending on the numbers attending. In order to make this as fair as possible we will be using the same system used in IFSC Paraclimbing competitions. We will let competitors know of any combined categories upon registration on the day of the competition.
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 & routes will be top-roped
Competitors will be given a score card for the boulder problems & 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 & 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 competitor’s 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.
PLEASE NOTE for the Mountaineering Scotland Festival only:
Rule “Clause 1.3.5 Disability Category 11 (in clause 1.3.1) “Open” may be subdivided”
We will subdivide the Open category, if there are enough competitors in each of the following:
· Open 1 (EBD: Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties; ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; ASC: Autistic Spectrum Condition)
· Open 2 (Learning disability, Mental health support needs)
· Open 3 (Hearing impairment, Anyone not covered above)
If there are not enough competitors in each, the Open category will remain merged.
Please indicate when you book your possible Open Category in the comments section.
We will confirm with you before the event.
The scores and rankings used for the British Series will remain the combined “Open” Category
To be confirmed.
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.
If you have trouble call our Admin team on 01738 493942
The Scottish Paraclimb Festival is round one of the BMC/Mountaineering Scotland Paraclimbing Series. 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.
Paraclimbing Series 2018
Round 1 - 15 September, Edinburgh International Climbing Arena
Round 2 - 13 October, Rock UK Summit Centre, Merthyr Tydfil. Registration closes 5pm on Monday 8 October.
Round 3 - 10 November, Newcastle Climbing Centre. Registration closes 5pm on Monday 5 November.
Round 4 - 1 December, Manchester Climbing Centre. Registration closes 5pm on Monday 26 November.
If you are keen to get climbing on a regular basis, then make sure to check out the Scottish Paraclimbing Club based at EICA. They will have a stall set up at the Paraclimb Festival in the arena and members of the club will be competing too.
You can also find the club on facebook and Instagram.
You can check the results of the most recent and previous competitions here.