Perse impress in British Youth Climbing event
Jamie Bolt talks us through the performance of 17 Perse pupils at the British Mountaineering Council Youth Climbing Series:
"The day began with a brief from the organisers about safety and the rules of the competition. The Perse also received a personal welcome, as everyone else were regular competitors.
Throughout the day we were to complete 3 bouldering problems and 3 lead or top rope problems. On both the lead and top rope climbs you were scored on each move achieved with the final move achieving 100 points. The boulder problems were scored out of 60 with the ‘crux’ moves scoring higher points and the final hold scoring maximum points. The bouldering problems allowed three attempts, and on the lead and top rope climb we only had one.
We were divided into age groups and sent off with our judge and belayer to complete all the challenges in turn. I started with a lead climb and got to the top which meant maximum points. The first climb was really fun and achievable.
My group then completed three bouldering problems, these were tough but still really good fun and it was good to see some amazing competitors. After the bouldering we did the second and third lead problem. These were much harder and required a lot of endurance, and were unfortunately a bit much for some of the inexperienced Perse team.
In the whole competition everybody from The Perse did really well and everybody enjoyed themselves. It was a great opportunity to see some really good climbers who had been climbing for many years and see how we compared. Overall we did better than expected with some of our team beating some of the experienced competitors. We are all really glad we could go and can’t wait for next year."