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Girls outnumber boys in climbing

More girls have entered for a youth climbing competition than boys, its organisers have said.

In one age group the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) said four times as many girls are competing.

Divided into north and south Scotland, events are held at climbing walls in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Kinlochleven and Stirling.

Simon Tait, of MCofS, said climbing was suited to girls because it relied on technique rather than strength.

The highest numbers of girls have entered into the 11 to 13 age group, with four times as many girls than boys in that category in the north of Scotland section.

Competition co-ordinators said they were impressed by the skill and "sheer determination" of the youngsters.

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