The GB Climbing Team is getting stronger and stronger, with lots of talented climbers coming up through the ranks.

It is generally considered that the Austrians, Japanese, Germans and French currently lead the way in terms of competition climbing. That said, British climbers are climbing their way up the podium places.

The GB Climbing Team is made up of the Senior Team, the Junior Team, the Ice Climbing Team, the Ski Mountaineering team and paraclimbing team.

GB Team Selection


The GB Climbing Teams are selected annually and the selection is based on a number of factors primarily centered around competition results from both national and international events. A full version of the GB Climbing selection criteria can be viewed here.

GB Paraclimbing Team


The GB Paraclimbing Team had a fantastic international season in 2018. 

More information on this achievement can be found here.

GB Ice Climbing Team

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Competitive ice climbing comes under the banner of the UIAA (International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation). 

Ice climbing has an exciting future and was part of the cultural programme at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia 2014 with a view to be included in the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games.

Sport Climbing World Cups and Championships


The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) runs international competitions in the disciplines of lead, speed and bouldering. The GB Climbing Team currently competes internationally in lead and bouldering and occasionally in speed climbing (but we don't have an official speed team currently).

The IFSC World Cup series takes place annually and the IFSC World Championships take place every two years.

View the IFSC competition calendar

Watch international climbing competitions LIVE

There is live streaming of the semi-finals and finals of all senior IFSC World Cup events.  TV quality highlights are available for media use shortly after each event.

Olympic dreams


In 2013, the BMC supported the IFSC’s bid for Sport Climbing to be part of the 2020 Olympics.  Sport Climbing was on a shortlist of eight sports being considered for possible inclusion in the 2020 Olympics. This bid was successful and Sport Climbing will make its debut at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Only the top 20 male and top 20 female athletes will qualify to attend the games.

The road to the 2020 Olympics has three qualification routes:

1) World Climbing Championships in August 2019 in Tokyo. The top 7 climbers will qualify for the Olympic Games.

2) Special Olympic Qualifying event in Toulouse in November. This is an invitation only event and the top 6 athletes will qualify for the Olympic Games.

3) Continental Championships in Moscow in 2020 - only the athlete who finishes in first place will qualify for the Olympic Games.

Meanwhile the UIAA (International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation) is preparing to launch a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics once the IOC criteria for adding new winter sports is finalised. This follows its inclusion in the cultural programme at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia 2014.

Supporting the GB Climbing Team

The BMC provides administrative support and financial help to the team, but team members have to raise money toward the cost of competing internationally for the GB Team. If you are interested in opportunities to sponsor the team or our national climbing competitions please contact

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