VIDEO: Competition Extravaganza: On the TV and More

by Mick Ryan - Sep/2009
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BMC Competitions Newsletter: Now Available


Next Sunday the BMC's National Council will make an announcement on whether or not the BMC will back the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) in its campaign to get competition climbing upgraded to the Olympics.

By some estimates there are over 2,000 UK climbers of all ages competing in climbing competitions and it is gaining momentum. Quite rightly, considering the participation in the UK, the British Mountaineering Council are now heavily involved in competitions (BMC Competitions pages). The BMC hosts national and international events, organises the BMC Youth Climbing Series, the BMC Leading Ladder Series, the British Bouldering Championships, British Lead Climbing Championships and has a climbing walls and competition officer, Rob Adie.

Climbers in the UK and the BMC Area Committees have been discussing whether to support competition climbing as an Olympic sport for the last few months. Next Sunday is decision day.


The BMC Competitions Committee have published the first Competitions Newsletter called Psyched. Its purpose is to inform BMC members what is going on in the world of competition climbing.

This is a comprehensive 23 page publication edited by Iain McKenzie, Chair of the BMC Competition Committee, assisted by Natalie Berry, British Junior Team Member.

It's well worth a look and contains news about the BMC teams, competition results, reports on the British Bouldering Championship and the British Lead Climbing Championships, accounts by top British competition climbers, advice on technique by Dave MacLeod, Lucy Creamer on climbing and the Olympics, all lavishly illustrated by Alex Messengers excellent photography.

Download here: Psyched: Competitions Newsletter


For climbers living in or near South Wales this week sees the start of the Welsh Climbing Championship. The first round is at Llangorse Activity Centre near Brecon on the 13th September. The competition is for all ages from 7yrs and upwards and follows a similar format to the successful BMC Leading Ladder.

• Round 1: 13th Sept: Llangorse, Brecon
• Round 2: 27th Sept: Boulders, Cardiff
• Round 3: 11th Oct: Dynamic Rock, Swansea
• Round 4: 1st Nov: Summit Centre, Merthyr

More details at:


Matt Heason broke the news on that Cliffhanger 2010 will play host to a round of the IFSC Bouldering World Cup (UKC Outdoor Industry News) next year. This years Cliffhanger in Sheffield hosted the British Bouldering Championships (UKC News Report) and now it is going to be on the telly. It's on Sky today and tomorrow and we have a little trailer to show.

Cliffhanger Sky Trailer from Matt Heason on Vimeo.

The transmission times of the "Cliffhanger" programme are as follows:

Monday 7 September:
8pm - Sky Sports Xtra

Tuesday 8 September:
3.30am - Sky Sports 2 Digital
8am - Sky Sports 3 Digital
12 noon - Sky Sports 2 Digital
3pm - Sky Sports Xtra.


Stewart Watson put in an excellent performance in the Bloc Master International Bouldering competition in Innsbruck where he made it into his first ever international bouldering final. Stuart qualified for the final in second place and finished sixth overall in the final.

Report at


This last weekend Angela Eiter from Austria won her fifth Rock Master at Arco, Italy; Ramòn Julien Puigblanque his fourth. With these victories the two equal the records set by legendary climbers Lynn Hill and Francois Legrand.

Full report at

If you have any climbing competition news, especially if at your local wall, drop us an email with the details, and don't forget to upload your competition events to the UKC Events diary.

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