On Saturday 19th November, 7 climbers travelled to Glasgow Climbing Centre to compete and spectate at the Scottish Schools Climbing Competition Finals.
Jasper had qualified for the S1/2 Boys bottom rope category with an excellent score of 393 out of 400. 5 boys from S3/4 had qualified for their category and dominated the results from the heats. Tim had scored 390, Rory got 389 and Finbar, Archie and Patrick score 388. We knew the finals were going to be close.
For the finals, pupils climb 2 routes to get a top 3 spot and get a place in the grand final. The grand final route is done under isolation where climbers are not allowed to watch each other climb, making the challenge and tension much higher.
Jasper topped out both his routes scoring a maximum score of 200. One other climber got the same score and both boys matched scores in the third route. This meant they had to compete in a super final. Jasper climbed superbly all day and was awarded a very respectable 2nd place after the super final.
The S3/4 boys category was exciting from start to end. All the climbers performed well in the first 2 routes and going into the third route only 6 points separated 3rd to 6th place. Rory and Tim topped out their first 2 routes and secured a place in the grand final. On the last route Rory managed one more moved to gain first place. Tim got 2nd, Patrick got 4th, Archie got 5th and Finbar got 6th place.
Over 240 climbers from across the country competed in this event and all the climbers did superbly well to reach the finals. We are really proud of all of them and they should be pleased with their performances.
A full write up and results from the event can be found here.
Mr Jonathan Richards, Principal Teacher of Technical Education