Member Profile Series: Number 4

The  embodiment of both brain and brawn, Greg’s passion for climbing is clear…

Name: Greg

Age: 35.

Day job: Bee keeper.

Location: Battle.

Years climbing: 10.

How long have you been a member of TWMC? 3 years.

Favourite type of climbing (trad, sport, bouldering, top-roping, soloing)? Any and all.

What got you into climbing? Walking up hills became scrambling up them and then the inevitable use of ropes…

Where was your first climbing experience? Avon gorge, Bristol, Morpheus.

What do you like most about the sport? It’s really physical chess which relies as much on the mind as the brawn.

Favourite spot to climb (locally)? Harrison’s.

Top climb ever? Number 6 Gully.

Favourite climbs/areas to climb (nationally/globally)? Chamonix.

Favourite rock type to climb on? Sandstone (of course).

What do you like/dislike about Southern Sandstone? It makes you improve your footwork (whether you want to or not).

Do you have any projects/plans for 2016? A trip to the Alps is in the offing.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen at a crag (locally or elsewhere)? Someone dressed as Spider Man climbing in the Peak District.

Do you climb indoors? If so, where? Chimera at High Brooms and the Reach in London.

What do you think of the local Southern Sandstone climbing scene? Fantastic.

How do you keep fit over the winter months? More climbing at Chimera…

Do you participate in any other sports? I love road cycling and general mountaineering.

Any advice on avoiding injuries? Read all the blurb on how to train, some of it really does work.

Best shoes for climbing Southern Sandstone? The ones that fit you best.

Favourite climber of all time? Brian Mead, our illustrious president.

Any tips for anyone looking to get into climbing? Come along and have a go, you’ll love it.

Greg on Elementary
Greg on Elementary 5c at Harrisons