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The Rab CWIF 2018 is coming!



Overview of the C.W.I.F


What Is the CWIF?

Well it is a bouldering competition...but with a difference.

NO ENTRY FEE (just your standard entry!), no isolation for the qualification round, the chance to climb alongside some of the best climbers in the world on problems set by some of the world's best route setters. You don't just come to watch, you come to take part.

The Rab CWIF 2018 will be held over 2 days giving you a competition that will push the competitors to the limit. It's open to every climber that wants to come have fun. 

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The Setup


In 2018 the qualifiers will take place on Saturday 10th March. There will be 3 sessions on the same set of circuit problems. 

What to expect:

In 2018 the first part of the competition will be a circuit of 30 flash problems. All these problems were split between the main 'circuit area' of The Climbing Works & the competition wall. The circuit is the more informal part of the weekend with the scores being predominantly self marked with the circuit starting off easy (Font 5+/6a) and getting very hard toward the end.

This part of the day also includes a Team competition (4 people which are mixed gender) with the highest team score winning £1000! You don't have to be part of a team but it makes it a more fun day climbing with your friends.

The highest individual scores from the circuit part of the competition qualified for an on-sight semi final and final on the Competition Wall. 


The Semi-Finals will take place on Sunday 11th March 2018 and take part on the Competition Wall with the top 20 men & top 20 women challenging themselves on 4 set problems. These problems will be judged independently. The 6 highest female & male scores will progress to the finals.


The big final will again take place on the Competition Wall with the whole wall being reset between the Semi's & Finals. Here the top 6 from the Semi Finals will compete on 4 women's & 4 men's problems to decide The Rab CWIF 2018 overall champions.


Junior category is U18 (minimum 14 years old on 10/03/2018). N.B. Please note there will be NO specially set problems for children. They will compete on the qualifying circuit as set for adults. Junior ranking is determined by the qualification results, as there are no Junior Semis or Finals, though they can qualify for the main Semis & Finals if they score highly enough.  Although the competition is a fun day, it is set for adults so please be aware of this if bringing your child along.

Prize money

Equal prizes for male open and female open.. The Rab CWIF 2018 prize money is shown below:

1st place = £2000

2nd place = £1000

3rd place = £500

4th place = £300

5th place = £200

6th place = £100

Team prize

1st Prize: £1000.

2nd Prize: £600

3rd Prize: £200

Teams consist of 4 climbers which must be mixed. The Team prize is based on the scores from the qualification round.

You can register your team on the day or in advance on the registration form.

The Team event is a fun part to the day and can really add to the experience as you climb with your mates. For the last few years we have had a prize for the 'best dressed' team and we will do the same again in 2018. Best dressed can be anything from evening wear to your most imaginative fancy dress. The prize will be 'tailored' to the winning team (pun fully intended)



Register, turn up and pay the normal Climbing Works entry fee,  get your score sheet and off you go.

International licenses are NOT required for the CWIF.

To enter a Team we ask that you donate an entry fee of £10 per Team - this will be donated to our charities - Climbers Against Cancer. This donation is not compulsory but there's a very good chance that you will not win anything if you feel like the donation is not in your interest ; )


Click here for the rules for the CWIF



So what else is happening at the rab CWIF?

- The Rab CWIF Sponsor Hub: We'll have an area for some of our sponsors to offer you fantastic deals on their excellent products!

- A FREE BBQ on the Sunday (c.3pm) with meat from Roneys Butchers and a selection of veggie burgers.

- We've also been given a load of giveaways from our sponsors which we will be dispensing throughout the weekend.

- We're also hosting a raffle with some great prizes, again donated by our sponsors, which will hopefully get some much needed cash in the charity boxes.



All the other things you might need to know:

Travel information

Sheffield does not have an international airport. The nearest airports are:

1. Manchester. Major international airport served by most airlines including some budget airlines. Approx 80km from Sheffield with a direct train line from the airport to Sheffield. For train details see

2. Doncaster (also known as Robin Hood airport). Small airport with only a few useful flights but worth checking out About 40km from Sheffield. Get the bus to Doncaster Interchange and then a train to Sheffield

3. Nottingham East Midlands. Approx 50 km from Sheffield served by budget airlines. No direct trains to Sheffield - you would need to get a bus to Derby or Nottingham and then a train to Sheffield. There is a direct National Express Bus service between East Midlands airport and Sheffield, one hour journey. Check their website for times.

4. Leeds-Bradford. Approx 80km from Sheffield served by budget airlines. No direct trains to Sheffield - you would need to get a bus to Leeds and then a train to Sheffield.

For details of all of the budget airlines that fly go Britain go to


Why is it all free & why is The Climbing Works hosting it?

Why free? Well it's not because of the huge amounts of sponsorship we will receive, or the amount we get from people coming through the door - altogether that will cover maybe 1/2 of the costs associated with running a massive climbing competition. 

We do it simply because we want to give something back not only to our customers but to the competition scene in the UK. We want to create a competition that will attract not only the best climbers in the UK but also the best from Europe and further abroad. Percy and Graeme have been involved in the competition scene for many years and are both disappointed that some aspects of the scene seemed to be dying in the UK. Our aim is to try and reverse this, along the way have a competition that is fun, enthralling and entertaining.

The CWIF IS a competition with a difference, you can climb alongside some of the best climbers in the world while enjoying testing yourself at what ever level you climb. The semis and final should hopefully get you psyched & motivated enough that you'll send your projects next time and more importantly, enjoy your climbing that little bit more.

Whether you compete or just watch we hope you really enjoy your weekend at The Rab CWIF 2017




The Rab CWIF is part of Sheffield's TOC Weekender event as part of its Outdoor City campaign.


We couldn't make The CWIF happen without support from these great brands:

Rab / Scarpa / Squadra Axis / Bleaustone / Lapis / X-Cult / Blocz / UKC


Just like 2017 we will proudly be raising funds for Climbers Against Cancer



Past CWIFs

To get a better idea of what it's all about please check out info about past CWIFs here!