Mountaineering Ireland organises a wide range of climbing competitions which are suitable for young people. The competitions vary in style; bouldering to route climbing and competitiveness; from the relaxed Irish Leading League to the more competitive championships. What ever your age, level of ability or preferred climbing style there is a climbing competition there for you.
Here is an overview of some of the competitions that might be of interest. Click on the links to get more information and to enter the competitions.
Youth Climbing Series
The Youth Climbing Series offers fun climbing competitions for young people. The competition is open to all young people. Whether you're new to climbing, or already have some experience, this could be just the competition for you.
There are two regional rounds in each area. The top five climbers in each competition category then go forward to the All Ireland Final. The top three climbers in each competition category then go on to the Grand Final which takes place in Ratho, Scotland.
There are five age categories, with separate girls and boys categories based on year of birth. The categories are called Youth A, B, C, D and E.
Irish Bouldering League
The Irish Bouldering League is a fun, grassroots bouldering competition. The Irish Bouldering League is suitable for climbers of almost all abilities; from keen novice climbers to highly experienced climbers. The lower age limit for the Irish Bouldering League is fourteen years of age on the day of the competition.
The competition features twenty-five boulder problems per round. All competitors attempt all of the problems.
Irish Leading League
The Irish Leading League is a lead-climbing competition for climbers of a wide range of abilities. Each round of the competition features ten routes; graded from about 5b to 8a. Every climber can attempt all of the routes.
The Irish Leading League is a very sociable and fun competition. There is no lower age limit, but all competitors must be able to lead-climb competently.
Junior Irish Lead Climbing Championship
The Junior Irish Lead Climbing Championship is a one day lead climbing competition for young climbers between the ages eleven and nineteen.
The competition follows the format of international climbing competitions. The competition comprises two qualifying routes and a final route.
Junior Irish Bouldering Climbing Championship
The Junior Irish Bouldering Championship is a one day bouldering competition for young climbers between the ages of eleven and nineteen.
The competition comprises of a qualifying round of eight boulder problems and a final round of three boulder problems.
For more information on youth climbing competitions please contact Mountaineering Ireland.
Mountaineering Ireland Talent Development Officer - Damien O Sullivan
Telephone: +353 (0)1 625 1117