I needed a sport that gave me the sense of adventure I was missing in my life....If I had an addiction, it would be climbing. I just can’t imagine living without it.
My ex got me into climbing just under 2 years ago. I’d done bits in the past as a social thing more than anything else, but it was his passion, proficiency, and graceful climbing, that completely inspired me. It came at the right time because I needed a sport that gave me the sense of adventure I was missing in my life.
There isn’t one way to improve because it encompasses so many things: strength, agility, technique, footwork, flexibility, flow, breath, pace, the right fueling, and a mindset. It’s as much about self-sufficiency as it is about reliance, which encompasses things like technical development, connection to nature, and working well with other people and having a laugh. There’s an intelligence that fascinates me, and there’s a sense of freedom I don’t find anywhere else. I love it all.
I climb twice a week, but plan to do more. I love being outdoors, but I also climb at indoor walls that have a great atmosphere, friendly attitude, and community vibe like Summit Up. Last year I started learning trad and I want to do big multi-pitches. I’d also love to include it in my work, but just haven’t worked out how yet.
If I had an addiction, it would be climbing. I just can’t imagine living without it.
Elliot has started climbing sessions with Sarah, at Summit Up, which has been fantastic! Climbing has such a positive impact on him. It is so good for his physical fitness and each time he climbs, we see him really having to work hard and use his problem-solving skills. Most important of all, he clearly really enjoys it!
For anyone thinking of starting climbing, Tim's advice is simple, "It's less about your arms than you think. If you can climb a flight of stairs, then you are able to climb a rock climb."
The moment I tried bouldering, I was instantly hooked....Through consistent climbing and a shift in my diet, I managed to shed nearly 20kg and, more importantly, found my true passion.