The British Mountaineering Council Youth Climbing Series National Final took place in Edinburgh recently and Dylan Heason, aged 9 from Grindleford Primary School in the Peak District qualified and climbed to take the British No1 spot.
In order to qualify for the final competitors normally have to compete in three regional rounds. This year round two was cancelled countrywide thanks to the ‘Beast from the East’, so the competition was narrowed down to individual performance based on just two rounds.
Dylan was exceptional and won both rounds for his age category. At this level competitors have to climb three boulders and three routes, on top rope and the grading of the routes were 6b, 6c and 7a+, which sounds a formidable challenge!
The final consisted of a full day’s climbing within Edinburgh International Arena in Ratho, a quarry on the outskirts of the city that has a large roof over it and an artificial wall inside. In total 270 children took part, comprising five age categories, nine regions, girls and boys, representing England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Dylan competed in Boys Group E, the youngest category.
For the last eight years London and The South East have won the team trophy but this year our very own Peak & Midlands region won it by a country mile and Dylan took first place in his category and is now the No1 climber for his age group!
Clearly those Peak District gritstone edges are an inspiration and Dylan is looking forward to scaling new heights in future competitions. Onwards and upwards!