How many years have you been on GB Climbing Team?: 2
Describe some of your most memorable competition moments:
In 2008 I attended my first British bouldering championships at the age of 24, driving all the way from the lonely south west I arrived knowing no one and overwhelmed by such a large gathering of strong and talented climbers, some that I had only read about in magazines, GB team members such as Gaz Parry, Mark Croxall, Jon Partridge and Dave Barrans were in attendance and I had read about and followed their endeavors in the international comp seen, to say the least I was nervous, rushing with anxiety and adrenaline throughout the start of the event. The format back then was a scramble over 10 blocs in qualification, this was sort of nice at the time as I felt less put on the spot and after I fell off a couple of blocs I really enjoyed myself, despite coming away with my first serious finger injury from pulling a tendon on a shallow 2 finger pocket, I finished in a proud 26th place and the encouragement received during the event by the other climbers competing really boosted my motivation to train and try harder for the following year in the pursuit of making a final and maybe the team one day. The following year I was incredibly stoked to finish in 14th place! :-) :-) :-)
In 2011 I had stroke that scuppered those plans :-(
So in July 2017 I find myself at my first Paraclimbng word cup in the magnificent city if Briancon, France. after a fun Qualification round we were set to climb on the big open air comp wall in the city centre, this was my first big comp in so many years and to find myself going out last climber of the day was pretty nerve racking, it felt like my first BBC's again, it had got dark the spotlights were on the music was pumping and huge crowd attended to see some amazing climbing by the other athletes. The commentator was hilarious which really put my nervs to rest as i went out for my climb on the super steep wall, the route suited me well and was incredibly fun, big dymanic moves, finding my flow I was so psyched and smiling my way all the way to the top! I was even more excited to find out I had finished with a Silver podium and only missed out on Gold by a a mere 6 seconds in count back!
Where do you usually train?:
-The Climbing Hanger Plymouth
-The Quay Climbing Centre
-The Barn Climbing Centre
Describe some of your long term ambitions within climbing:
- To see and enjoy as much of the rock the world has to offer and in turn seeing more of this incredible planet and it's natural environments.
- Develop new areas locally and further a field, always on the search for a new line!
- Climb Local projects!
- Climb Karma 8A+ - Font
- Climb The Ace 8B - Stanage
- Ultimately Climb V14/8B+
- Ultimatley Climb 8c+
Although I started Trad and have moved more towards bouldering over the years, I would still like to become more confident in travelling in the mountains and I really enjoy multi-pitching, I would love to climb in Yosemite sometime and of course get my arse up El Cap! but would also love to visit Patagonia and more remote areas in time, maybe one day!
Who inspires you within climbing?:
- My fellow GB Paraclimbing Team member's who do not let challenges get in the way of their dreams!
- Students I have had the privilege of working with over the years. Including previous and current GB team members Alex Waterhouse, Joe Walmsley and Pete Dawson.
- Jerry Moffat
- Catherine Destivelle
- Chris Sharma
- Sasha DiGiulian
- Steve McClure
- Maureen Beck
- Dave Graham
- Lisa Rands
- Dan Varian
- Lucy Creamer
- My buddy - Grant Edwards
and so many, many more!
Any other comments?:
Climbing has given me a second chance at living life to its fullest, I believe I am extremely lucky to have found something that drives me the way that climbing, the outdoors and its community has done. Without this I feel I would still be sat in a wheelchair even now.
We are super lucky we even exist, spending as much of that time as possible smiling is my daily pursuit.