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Author: Emily Phillips

European Youth Cup – Sofia, Bulgaria (Boulder)

European Youth Cup – Sofia, Bulgaria (Boulder)

The Bulgaria European Youth Cup was held in the capital city Sofia. It was one of the best sets of blocs I have been on and had some very unique holds. After landing in Sofia very late I was relieved it was only a 10minute drive to the hotel.  As usual we arrived a day in advance to acclimatise to the weather and time difference of the country. I was especially grateful of this in Sofia as I didn’t manage…

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European Youth Cup – L’argentiere, France (Boulder)

European Youth Cup – L’argentiere, France (Boulder)

Last year I competed in the L’Argentiere EYBC and it was one of the most fun experiences I have had with the GB team. Despite the really hot weather the climbing was always very exciting! We flew to Marseille again and drove 3hours to the hotel just outside L’Argentiere. As usual we had a day to relax before the competition which unusually was over the Tuesday and Wednesday this time. The weather was beautiful as usual and so we spent an…

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European Youth Cup (EYC) Switzerland, Uster

European Youth Cup (EYC) Switzerland, Uster

The wall holding the competition was in a big arena but was quite short. My first qualifier was a red climb which looked reasonably simple. Although, in past competitions when I thought I could top a route I have messed it up so I tried to concentrate on climbing my best. In the running order I have generally been quite close to the end. However this time I was up 9th which was nice as I wanted to try climbing…

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Junior British Bouldering Championships 2017

Junior British Bouldering Championships 2017

The depot Manchester is always my favourite centre for boulder comps. The massive amount of wall space means less queues and a lot less stress. Youth B and C qualifying was first as usual. 8 blocs in 2 hours, scramble format. I liked that in this competition all our boulders were in the same room so we could see them all without having to walk between rooms. My qualification went pretty smoothly and for once I finished before the time…

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European Youth Cup (EYC) Imst June 2017

European Youth Cup (EYC) Imst June 2017

This European Youth Cup (EYC) has pretty much become our annual holiday. Every year Imst Climbing Centre holds an IFSC EYC and the following weekend holds their own competition, the Youth Color Climbing Festival for kids too young to compete in EYCs. The week in between these two comps has always fallen on the UK half term holiday, which meant we could stay out and train on Austria’s incredible walls! The competition wall in Imst opened at 7:30 but I…

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First bouldering EYC of the year Soure, Portugal (2017)

First bouldering EYC of the year Soure, Portugal (2017)

My first European Youth Cup of this year was in Soure, Portugal and it was also my first international podium. This is my second year in category B and seeing as I made finals in both the bouldering EYC’s I entered last year I was hoping for a really good result. We travelled out on the Thursday afternoon, flying from Luton airport to Lisbon, Portugal. There was a slight complication with the hire car so we arrived at the hotel…

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BMC Open Youth Competition (Boulder) – Oakwood Climbing Centre

BMC Open Youth Competition (Boulder) – Oakwood Climbing Centre

 After a good day in Reading climbing centre on Saturday I was excited for the boulders. The competition was held in a newly built centre  in Wokingham called Oakwood. On an email from the BMC that I got before the weekend it had a list of all this years new rules. One was 5 attempts instead of 3 which I wasn’t too bothered about. But the main one was the finals format. This year they changed it to 5 on…

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BMC Youth Lead Cup Round 1 (Reading Climbing Centre)

BMC Youth Lead Cup Round 1 (Reading Climbing Centre)

  It was nice to have a change of climbing centre for this round of the British Youth Lead Cup. It is usually up in Sheffield which is a 4 hour drive for us whereas Reading Climbing wall is much closer. My parents drove my brother and I to Reading on Friday night ready for the Leading competition on Saturday and the Bouldering on the Sunday.   When I walked into Reading climbing centre I can remember thinking to myself I…

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World Youth Climbing Championships – Guangzhou, China

World Youth Climbing Championships – Guangzhou, China

In September this year I was invited to represent Britain at the World Youth Climbing Championships. The competition was held in Guangzhou, China so I was really excited to go there. Before this I had never gone any further than Europe for climbing or on holiday. This year has been my first year competing internationally as I am only in the my first year of category B. I have had some great results in lead and boulder this year and I…

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British Lead (and Speed) Climbing Championships 2016

British Lead (and Speed) Climbing Championships 2016

Last Friday my family and I made the long journey to Sheffield to compete in the British Lead and Speed Climbing Championships. We stayed in the Premier Inn near Awesome Walls because we had an early start on Saturday and I always like to get there early. After breakfast we drove to Awesome Walls and it had just opened. I registered and got a competition vest and my competitor number – 9. My dad had registered me in his name…

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