I really enjoy going to new places and searching out things that haven’t been done before, not necessarily the most difficult but anything that looks cool and inspires me—whether it’s developing climbing in Mongolia, finding new spots for deep water soloing in Vietnam, or climbing routes in Thailand with a BASE rig and then jumping off. I love mixing it up with different climbing styles and if I can throw a BASE rig in there, too, that’s even better!
Helmken Falls in Canada and “The Cave Of The Genies” in Oman (I jumped into for a car advert) are the two most rad places I’ve ever been to. Just to stand at the bottom of either is an incredible experience, and confirms the fact that the world has some amazing places.
Climbing also offers the opportunity to meet like-minded people who share a passion for testing their limits in the world’s most beautiful places… I love it!
Year you first started climbing? 1990
Three climbing achievements you are most proud of?
• Still being alive after so many adventures.
• First ascent of The One in Punch (8b+) in Cuba after four hours sleep and copious amounts of Cuba Libres.
• First ascent of Muy Caliente! (E10 6c), Pembroke, Wales. I never thought I would be able to do a route of that grade.
Memory/story of the first time you ever went climbing? Climbing onto the roof of my parents’ house when I was three years old and getting rescued by the window cleaner.
Favorite climbing area and why? That is such a difficult question to answer there are so many super cool places, for different climbing styles. I love Pembroke in Wales, Squamish in British Columbia and Cova Del Diablo in Mallorca. The Alps, Bugaboos and Himalayas are quite good too ;-) !!
Best climbing experience? The first thing that came to mind was soloing Right Wall (E5) in Llanberis Pass, North Wales. It was an amazing experience of freedom, control and exhilaration.
Worst climbing experience? Getting avalanched with Sue Nott whilst descending from Beyond Good and Evil in Chamonix. If we had been moving faster both of us would have been taken out.
What's your dream trip? Where? With who? Discovering new places in the world, with good friends combining sports and meeting likeminded people. This summer I want to complete the Squamish Pentathlon – Biking, Paddling, Kite Surfing, Big Wall Climbing and Wingsuit Flying all on the same day.
Guilty pleasure? Going climbing instead of doing my accounts!
BD gear you use every time you go climbing? Oz biners.
Something that annoys you while climbing? Litter.
What/who inspires you in climbing? The world is an amazing playground with many wild adventures; most of the best climbing areas are often striking and beautiful wilderness areas to.
Favorite après-climb meal? Rare steak.
Favorite climbing film? “Ready To Go” – wingsuit flying 2010
What's in your iPod? All sorts ! Jazz, funk, house, breaks, classical, instrumental, minimal techno, tech house and little bit of psy-trance!
Strangest place you've ever woken up? Hospital!
Strangest person you've ever woken up with? The guy next to me in hospital.
Three things you'd never roadtrip without? iPod, sunglasses and Super BD tee shirt.
Superstitions? Good Karma, good vibes.
What's your dream job? I am doing it, although I would like to be a helicopter pilot, too.
How are you training when you are not climbing? Before I broke my leg I was running a fair bit, since then I have been deadhanging and doing core training. Also going to dance parties and drinking lots of water—purification at it’s finest ;-)
If you could steal one thing and not get caught, what would it be? A helicopter.
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive) who would they be? David Attenborough, Marilyn Monroe and my wife.
Which would you prefer: power of flight or invisibility? I already have the first one so I guess it would have to be invisibility
Do you have any tattoos or piercings? Not yet