2023 National Bouldering Championships – Updated with Results

Watch the (almost) uncut footage of the finals on Youtube. Video by Aaron Attard
In case you were wondering, we’ve cut out lots of hold brushing and standing around 😉

Results

See the final rankings in the PDF below:

Visit this page for the full photo gallery from the event:
https://maltaclimbingclub.org/2023/10/31/climbmt-national-bouldering-championship-2023-photo-gallery/

Sign up information:

The ClimbMT National Bouldering Championship 2023 is set to take place on September 30, 2023, from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM at Ġebla in Mrieħel.

ClimbMT (formerly Malta Climbing Club), the national organisation for Climbing in Malta, is proud to host its first ever national championship, inviting climbers of all levels to participate.

Guest Route Setter & Coach: Steve McClure

ClimbMT have secured the services of legendary UK climber and coach Steve McClure, a name synonymous with excellence in climbing, Steve holds the distinction of climbing the UK’s hardest sport route at 9b and multiple new routes at 9a and harder. Steve will be hosting some private coaching sessions on Sunday 1st October – keep an eye on our social media channels for more information about this.

Steve McClure coaching KZ athlete Luca Giglio on an indoor wall
Steve McClure coaching KidsZone athlete Luca Giglio in the UK. Photo by Tino Giglio

Registration & Fees

To register for the competition please complete this form and complete your payment using the portal on our website.

Participation fees are as follows:

  • Youth ClimbMT member – €15
  • Youth non-member – €25
  • Adult (over 18) ClimbMT Member – €20
  • Adult (over 18) non-member – €30

Competition Tiers:

There will be three tiers of competition, split into Females and Males:

1. Youth

This is the category for our young boulderers, split into five age aligned tiers as follows:

  • Youth D – Under 12
  • Youth C – Under 14
  • Youth B – Under 16
  • Youth A – Under 18
  • Junior – for youth born 2004/2005

In the spirit of a true national showdown, the Youth category of the championship is a stage open to youths possessing a valid Maltese residence card or Maltese citizenship. For those who don’t meet these criteria, fear not – the Amateurs & Masters category is there for boulderers of other nationalities / residence status.

KidsZone athlete on indoor climbing wall
KidsZone athlete Oliver Lucas at a local competition. Photo by Stephen Farrugia

2. Open category

As the name implies, the Open category is for all adults and youth who can cut it with the grown ups. As with the Youth category, the Open category is open to all climbers who are in possession of a valid Maltese residence card or Maltese citizenship. Any boulderers who do not qualify may still participate in the Amateurs & Masters category.

3. Amatuers & Masters

This is the category for those climbers out there who want to get a taste of the competition. Whether you’re a venerable master or a complete beginner, this is a great wave where having fun is the goal, and winning is only a secondary objective. Climbers who do not qualify to participate in the Youth or Open category can take part in our Amateurs & Masters wave.

If you have any doubts about which category you qualify for please don’t hesitate to contact our Youth & Competitions officer.

Stephanie Farrugia competes in the finals of Bloc on the Rock at Ġebla in 2022. Photo by Edward Duca

Competition Format:

The competition will follow the classic format. Climbers will have a three hour window to complete as many of the 30 qualifying boulder problem as possible. Careful route reading is a must – our judges will count the number of attempts it takes to complete a boulder!

The top 6 ranked climbers from the Youth Junior, A, B, and Open category will proceed to a finals round that will crown the National Bouldering Champions for each category.

The full rule set for the competition can be downloaded here:

Athletes, please read the briefing very carefully:

Judging protocols:

National Squad

The finalists in this competition will be eligible to take part in the ClimbMT National team and can be chosen to represent Malta at international competitions.

Sponsors

An event of this magnitude wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors

Challenge Group is a unique, international air cargo conglomerate offering tailored air freight industry solutions from handling, air and ground logistics to aviation services, for a wide range of industries and commodities. 

Challenge Group employs over 1,000 people across three airlines (Challenge Airlines IL in Israel, Challenge Airlines BE in Belgium, Challenge Airlines MT in Malta),  a commercial division (Challenge Air Cargo) in Malta, a ground handling company (Challenge Handling in Liege, Belgium), a European road feeder provider (Challenge Logistics in Liege, Belgium), an aircraft and parts leasing division (Challenge Aviation), and a comprehensive line maintenance provider (Challenge Technic). The company has trebled its capacity over the past four years and now handles 300,000+ tonnes of cargo per year.

Inigo Taylor is an events and street photographer with a passion for the outdoors and for climbing. He will be our official event Photographer.

The Adventure Shop first opened in 1993 and was the first of its kind in Malta. 30 years and counting, Silvio Abela has established this brand as the leading outdoor leisure and sports retailer in Malta. Adventure Shop has grown into a professional outdoor retailer, supplying the worlds top brands, such as The North Face, Jack Wolfskin, Vango, Mountain Hardwear, Asolo, La Sportiva, and many more. The store caters for all types of outdoor activities and abilities; from first time campers, skiers and hikers, to the more demanding activities like climbing and technical expeditions.

Surplus & Adventure was established over 25 years and is the leading surplus and adventure store in Malta. We stock a wide range of camping, outdoor, hunting, fishing and scuba diving equipment.

Surplus and Adventure was, at the time, the very first original and only army surplus shop in Malta, offering its clients a variety of products. Nowadays, our philosophy is thatwe are a one stop shop for anyone who wants to practise outdoor adventure, sports orfor an expedition. When visiting our shops in Mosta and Fgura our trained staff will be happy to help you choose the right gear and equipment.

Decathlon Sports was founded in 1976 in France. We aim to make the pleasure and benefit of sports accessible to everyone across the globe and we do that by providing world-class products both for enthusiastic beginners as well as passionate professionals at extremely affordable prices.

Julia Vella in the finals of Bloc on the Rock at Ġebla in 2022. Photo by Edward Duca