The UK’s best student climbers gear up for the highly anticipated BUCS Climbing Championships this weekend.
Over 400 climbers will travel to Sheffield this weekend to compete in the 2022/23 BUCS Climbing Championships.
Now in its second year, the UK University Climbing Championships offer students of all ability levels the opportunity to represent their university on the national stage. Open to both novice and experienced climbers, students will compete across three difficulties during the one-day event, ranging from easy, medium, and hard.
From boulder problems to lead climbs, the competition is intense as climbers test their strength, endurance, and mental focus in order to be crowned BUCS National Champions.
Now just two days away, our countdown to the BUCS Nationals continues as we look at where this year’s Championships will be taking place and highlight some of the main events taking place on Saturday.
Multiple champions will be crowned on Saturday, with an individual and team title being awarded in both men’s and women’s categories.
All climbers will be scored on a total of 25 routed climbs, nine easy-level climbs, eight medium-level climbs, and eight hard-level climbs. Participants earn the maximum points by succeeding on the first attempt (10 points), with lesser points available for completing on the second or third attempts.
In total, climbers can earn a maximum of 250 points. Last year, only three students were able to achieve a perfect score of 250 in the individual category, including Finley Wood (Sheffield), Kieran Forrest (Sheffield Hallam), and Jim Pope (Sheffield Hallam).
With almost 50 universities represented at this year’s Climbing Championships, each institution will be vying for the ultimate prize of being named Overall Champion. The overall title is awarded to the university with the highest combined score from the top 3 climbers on the team.
We look at which universities took home the overall titles last year and which students will be returning from the winning teams.
Stay tuned for all the results coming next week!
Find out which students were victorious here as we will be bringing you all the important results from each Championship event at the 2022/23 BUCS Nationals.
Check back in to discover which universities have claimed the championship titles next week!
In the meantime, you can learn more about climbing at the UK university level here.