ParaClimb Scotland 2015 

Scotland's inclusive climbing competition

Venue: Edinburgh International Climbing Arena: Ratho
Saturday 19 September 2015

The MCofS organised the first paraclimbing competition in Scotland in November 2014 hosted at EICA Ratho. For 2015 the event was held alongside the MCofS Scottish National Youth Climbing Championships (lead and speed) for an exciting day of inclusive climbing.

The event was also part of the British Para Climbing Series (Round 1) organised by the BMC and so members of the GB Para Climbing Team were there.

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

ParaClimb Scotland 2015
Supported by:

ParaClimb 2014

See coverage on BBC Get Inspired website 

British Paraclimbing Series 2015

If you wish to enter any of the other rounds of the series please see the BMC website page

Round 1 (Sept): ParaClimb Scotland Ratho

Round 2 (Oct): London

Round 3 (Nov): Newcastle

Round 4 (Dec): Manchester

 A Quick Guide to the Scottish Paraclimbing 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. Additional Category for 2015: 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.


Competition format:

  • 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 3 boulder problems on which competitors will have 3 attempts
  • There will be 3 routes on which competitors will have 1 attempt
  • All Boulder problems & 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 totaled to give an overall score

Entry fee:

  • Prior registration (all entrants): £10

Please note that 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. The MCofS is not responsible for providing support workers appropriate to each competitors 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.

How to apply:

  • Please ensure the entry form reaches us at least two days before the event. Entries on the day will be accepted, but prior entry entry is preferable.
  • Parental consent must be given for any competitor aged 12 to 17 years on the day of the event.
  • All applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their application. They will then receive a further e-mail containing full event information two days before the event.

Further information:

  • Kevin Howett (MCofS Sport Development Officer) tel: 01738 493 942 / email: kev@mcofs.org.uk