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  1. Who are the key competitors?

    Nathan Phillips - Reigning champion in the men's event. Also won the silver medal in 2016 and the bronze in 2017.

    Jen Wood - Finished second last year and will be looking to go one better with reigning champion Hannah Slaney not competing.

    Natalie Berry - Won this event as a junior and came third in senior event last year, one of the main contenders to win the title.

    Orrin Coley - Third and fourth previously, would be his maiden title if he won in 2019.

    Nathan Phillips
  2. What is Bouldering?

    Bouldering is a simple form of rock-climbing. There are no harnesses or ropes and the aim is to climb short but tricky bouldering 'problems' (a route, or sequence of moves) using balance, technique, strength, and your brain.

    In Bouldering, climbers scale a number of fixed routes on a 4/5 metre wall in a specified time. The climber wants to complete as many boulder problems as possible, in the fewest number of attempts. A climber will also get marks if they fail to top the climb, but manage to reach a ‘zone’ hold; this is a climbing hold, usually half way up the problem or after the crux move on a problem. So the scoring sequence would be:

    1. Number of Tops (T)

    2. Number of zones (z) if tied on tops

    3. Number of attempts to Top (A) if tied on zones

    4. Number of attempts to zone if tied on top attempts

    So for example, somebody that tops 3 of the 4 problems and achieves 4 zones, will be placed higher than somebody that tops the same amount of problems but only reaches 3 zones.

    British Bouldering Championships
  3. Get Inspired: How to get into climbing

    What to expect when I start?

    • To get started you'll need ropes, harnesses, a helmet and comfortable shoes. Most climbing centres have these available for hire or purchase.
    • Regular climbing can improve stamina and all the reaching and stretching for holds improves flexibility and agility.
    • The activity uses lots of muscle groups, both in the upper and lower body. Your arms, back and shoulders as well as abdominal and leg muscles all get exercised.

    Where to start?

    The British Mountaineering Council will be able to help you find a club near you in England and Wales. If you live in Scotland, get in touch with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, and in Northern Ireland, try Mountaineering Ireland.

    To find out more check out our Get Inspired climbing page.

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    Video caption: Rock climbing: What to expect when you try the sport