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Welsh Climbing Championships

The 2014 Welsh Climbing Championships is taking place at Boulders Climbing Centre in Cardiff on Saturday 8th November.

The competition is an OPEN event meaning you do not have to be Welsh to enter, and is run in a fun and friendly environment aimed at giving both climbers new to competitions and the seasoned pros a great day out. Taking part is a great opportunity to test your climbing skills and push yourself to climb at your best, whether you’re competing for the fame and glory of a podium position or just entering to try and beat your friends.

Entry fee: £15 (Free comp tee included). 
When: Saturday 8th November 2014, Registration starts at 9:00am and closes at 10:00am. 
Venue: Boulders Climbing Centre, Pengam Road, Cardiff CF24 2RZ 
t: (029) 2048 4880 
e: info@boulders-climbing.com 
w: www.bouldersuk.com

Male, Female and Youth ABCDE categories following the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) system based on year of birth and separated by gender.

Youth A - those born in 1997 & 1998
Youth B - those born in 1999 & 2000
Youth C - those born in 2001 & 2002
Youth D - those born in 2003 & 2004
Youth E - those born in 2005 & 2006
Adult - age 18+

Each category will climb three qualifying routes of ascending difficulty, with the top 10 climbers in each category then going through to attempt a semi-final route in the afternoon. The top 5 climbers in each category will then battle it out for podium positions on the final route.

Those in youth E and D category will top rope all their routes, whilst the older groups will be expected to lead climb. All competitors will get just one attempt at each route, which will increase in difficulty. A judge will score each ascent, with points being awarded for each hold used during the ascent. In the event of a tie during the semi-final or final, qualifying routes will be used for count back.


Beyond Limits

A previous guest at TCA, Steve McClure is one of the consistently best sport climbers in the world. We're really looking forward to his forthcoming book.


Ashima Shiraishi the wunkerkid does TEDx Talk

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. At just 13, Ashima is one of the top rock climbers in the world. In July 2014, she became the second female in the world to scale a V14. Like every other teenager, she likes cake and dislikes homework, but she sees everything as a problem she has to solve. A young girl with a big message - all of us are rock climbers everyday facing our own v14's. Just climb through it. 

Ashima Shiraishi is one of the strongest climbers in the world. Discovering climbing at the age of 6 while at Central Park in New York City, it only took Ashima a year to begin climbing at the professional level. She soon drew attention not only from the climbing community, but also publications such as Sports Illustrated, The New York Times and The Economist. Now, at age 13, Ashima continues to train at indoor gyms in New York City, and when her school schedule allows, travels the world in search of increasingly difficult climbs.


Accumulator Results

We've compiled the scores on the doors and here are the results:

Duma Brickhill 
Jonny Kydd
Luke Hutcheson 


Rosea Day
Eleanor Anstice
Frances Bensley


Vet male
Dan Savory 
John Potokar 
Pete Church


Vet Female
Helen Seaborne 
Janice Richards 
Maggie Goddard


U16 Male
Tommy Matthews
Oliver Horne
Iain Mclauchlan


U16 Female
Freya Williams
Grace Guirdham
Rachel Bell


Because so few people did every round (and most of them have won some cash anyway), it was mathematically impossible to score best improvers. We have split the pot so 1st place gets £25.83, 2nd gets £17.22, and 3rd gets £8.61. £310 also went towards the wedge we gave The Avon and Cheddar gear fund this week.



There was slight mistake with a miscounted point meaning that Jonny Kydd slipped ahead of Luke Hutchinson into 2nd place - not as shown on the full results!


More Great Outdoor Advice

1) Seek out a mentor who has their climbing skills and minimum impact behaviors dialed. Sometimes we pay for mentorship through coaches or guides, other times they happen naturally through creating relationships with other climbers at the gym, gear shops or through climbing friends.

2) Get the low down of the places you want to climb outside so you can keep a low profile when you climb there. What are the sensitive issues of the area? Are there closures? Where do I go to the bathroom, park and camp? Is this an appropriate place to bring my dog or should I leave her at home?

3) Be mindful. It’s a buzzword, I know, but many of us roll through our routines and just don’t think about how our behaviors might have a negative impact. We are on automatic. Practicing minimum impact behaviors takes time and effort. If each of us committed to being more aware of how we impact climbing areas and consider ways to minimize our footprint at the crag or boulders, it would go a long way to embedding these behaviors into the culture of climbing. 

4) Respect other users. I feel like the word “respect” sometimes gets a bad rap, but often it is the foundation of positive relationships and community. Basically, be kind to others and assume positive intent. Treat other users as you would want to be treated. The golden rule works … practice it. 

5) Be an upstander, not a bystander—Steer others toward minimum impact behaviors at the crag. Don’t be afraid to speak up when you see someone doing something that threatens access. They might not know that their behavior impacts the climbing area they’re enjoying.