BMC Leading Ladder

The BMC Leading Ladder 2007-2008 The BMC is to introduce an exciting new style leading competition based on a ladder format idea of Rab Carrington?s and Steve McClure?s. The competitions will start in October and run at a number of selected walls for two weeks in rotation.  That means that climbers can travel around the country and take part in leading competitions right throughout the winter.  Something they can?t do at present. There will be 6 routes set at each venue: F6b, F6c, F7a, F7b, F7c and F8a, set by BMC route setters to help with grade consistency.  There will be four age categories: 12 ? 15, 16 ? 18, 19 ? 45, and 46 and over, with separate male and female categories. Ages will be those on 31st August 2007. Competition routes will be clearly marked and anyone using the wall may climb them. In that sense they will be good routes to train a climber?s on sight ability.  Climbers wishing to take part simply need to buy a scorecard for the princely sum of £1 before they climb any of the routes. To make it easier to organise it will be an honesty competition. That means it will rely on the honesty and integrity of those taking part and those belaying to ensure fair play.  Climbers will start at the bottom of a route and see if they can climb to the top. Clipping the lower off from a hold on the route signifies a successful ascent.  If a climber is successful their belayer will score their card, if not an X is marked on the card.  Higher scores are awarded for fewer goes and, of course, a flash ascent will receive the highest score. Climbers can watch other climbers on the routes but they must not practice or inspect the routes.  Nor are they allowed to weight the rope, use out of bounds holds or features, use the top edge or side edges of the wall, or grab the lower off.  Additionally, all quick-draws are to be clipped while climbing – the first one may be pre-clipped for safety purposes. Walls will collect the cards for the competition held at their venue and return them to the BMC.  The BMC will publish results on the BMC web site ? although walls may also publish the scores for the comp at their own venue.  When all the competitions have been completed each competitor?s highest 3 scores will be added together and those with the highest score will qualify for a national final to be run along similar lines to the present BLCC competition with prizes and everything else that goes with a major national final. Watch this space for dates and venues!