The last month has been quite an interesting one; I had my first proper injury, went on an amazing GB team trip to Austria and climbed with Adam Ondra in the Peak District!
Luckily my injury, which was during PE at school wasn’t as bad as I first thought and turned out just to be sprained wrist. It did mean that I couldn’t climb for a few weeks and I missed out on demoing the regional final of the BMC YCS which was a shame as I was really looking forward to climbing the routes. A few weeks later of no climbing and lots of ibuprofen I started climbing again and soon felt confident to begin climbing some harder routes. This was good news because I was going to Austria for the GB junior lead team training weekend in the Tirol.
Our 4:30AM start meant that we were in Innsbruck with plenty of time to go climbing before the rest of the team turned up. We dropped of our bags at the really nice hotel and headed of to the Tivoli climbing wall. When I got to the wall I was blown away at how steep it was and the density of routes and holds in such a small space!
Austria was a great destination for our training event, because all of their walls are of such a high standard, with lots of routes in the 8’s and some in the 9’s. These are the sorts of grades that we are put up against in the international competitions so it was great to be able to spend some time trying them. We travelled between the Tivoli wall and the Imst wall which is by far the coolest wall I have ever climbed on! A highlight of the trip was trying some of the senior world cup routes which I had watched live online a few months earlier. It was good to have almost all of the GB lead team out in Austria; there was a great atmosphere and lots of support for each other.
I had been looking forward to the following weekend even more than the team trip. At the start of the year I had been asked by one of my sponsors Lyon Equipment if I would like to take part in a promotional weekend… Climbing with Adam Ondra in the peak district!
Of course I wasn’t going to say no. People always say you should never meet your heros but in this case they are wrong! It was amazing to be able to climb with Adam and see him try some of our hardest routes in the Peak. Watching somebody climb in real life is so much more inspiring than watching an edited film. From watching his films I assumed he was very angry when he fell off, but I realised that actually he is really passionate about what he is doing and is instantly back to his happy self. He was a genuinely nice person who was open and generous with his advice and encouragement. I feel very privileged to be a part of the Lyon team which gives me the opportunity to climb with the likes of Adam, Neil and Pietro at events like this one. Thanks to Paul, John, Corin and the rest of the team from Lyon Equipment for making it such a good weekend.
A short film from Lyon on Vimeo – Adam Ondra visits the Peak District