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January 16th, 2019 by Matthew Phillips

It’s a new year and so now would seem like an appropriate time to layout my plans and aspirations for the coming year. 2018 was an action packed and competition filled year, culminating in the finale of the world championships in Innsbruck in September of 2018 an event that I won and that highlighted a peak in my competition performance so far. Throughout my climbing career to this point competition has been the main focus of my climbing goals, something no doubt motivated by my many years as a competitive swimmer. However while competition in 2019 still remain at the forefront of my aspirations, especially with the World Championships in Tokyo this year, a competition that I am incredibly excited for. I am also looking to turning my attention towards more outdoor endeavours wanting to push my climbing on rock to new extremes. 

 

Climbing outdoors has always been a focus of mine and I’ve climbed all over Britain and the rest of the world. It’s something that I’ve always enjoyed. But due to my hectic competition schedule and the fact I’m still a full time student without a driver’s licence often limited the chances that I had to get out on the rock. However all this is set to change, very soon I’ll be leaving school. New Year’s resolutions have never really been my thing but this year it was time to set some goals. Time to push the limits on rock and travel around the world and adventuring.

 

I’ve always been a mostly indoor climber only going out when opportunity arises. Now I want to send hard and in as many disciplines as I can. I’m looking to get more involved in trad, something I have done once before with my current goal being to lead Flying buttress direct something I nearly managed on my last trip to Stanage, before being rained off. I’m also looking to push my sport climbing challenging myself to climb 7b this year. Most of the climbing that I’ve done outdoors has been bouldering, I’ve compiled quite a list of blocs to tick. Such classics as Deliverance and Captain Hook are problems that still need to be completed. Overall I’m looking to push myself in all outdoor activities and push the boundaries both in the UK and abroad.

One of my first trips in the planning is to follow in the footsteps of Sierra Blair-Coyle and explore the climbing and bouldering that Iceland has to offer. Some areas are relatively unexplored by the climbing community and so I hope come back with a few first ascents.

So a quick summary of what to watch out for in the New Year. I’m super excited to see what the year brings and the challenges that I’m gunna face as I leave school and start adult life for real. A philosophy that I’ve always loved is the idea of creating stories, something that will last when you can’t adventure anymore, something to tell people, something exciting that will last. So here’s to 2019 and creating those stories

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November 30th, 2018 by Matthew Phillips

Your on a crag overlooking fantastic scenery with rolling hills, mountains and lakes as far as the eye can see. The birds are flying and singing. Sheep are grazing and small animal of some kind burrows in the bracken. The joys of being a climber in the great outdoors. Isn’t it worth protecting?

This is why I am very excited to announce my latest sponsor. A local company based in Bracknell, Go Zero. Go Zero are a eco friendly zero emission company who’s aim is to provide a carbon neutral transportation system.

They currently run a fleet of all electric Tesla vehicles providing airport transfers throughout the Thames Valley area. Next year they are to launch a city 2 city shared transport service using the 7 seater Tesla model X. Finally, within the next 10 years they hope to expand this network to the air with a launch of an all electric aircraft providing a door to door service all zero emissions.

As well as providing a service to business and individuals every 10 journeys they make they plant a tree in the UK and in the Amazon rainforest to help off set carbon emissions.

I feel that with the Go Zero ethos and climbers enjoying the great outdoors our new partnership is a perfect combination and I am excited to see where it takes us. Go Zero’s CEO and Founder said 

“We are so incredibly proud and excited to sponsor Matt and to become a part of his climbing journey. Having been been constantly blown away by his performance and determination, we’re so excited for this partnership and what’s to come.

Here at Go Zero we love our planet and we love travel. We could never compromise on either. That’s why we created a travel network powered by 100% renewable energy. A network designed to take people on a journey so relaxing, they fall in love with travel once again. 

We look forward to transporting Matt to competitions and his paraclimbing team training sessions around the UK.”

To find out more about Go Zero or to book a trip go to www.gozero.earth or follow them on Facebook @GoZero instagram and Twitter @GoZeroEarth 

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October 7th, 2018 by Matthew Phillips

A while ago the GB Paraclimbers were joined by the Epic TV film crew at the famous climbing location ‘Stanage Edge’ in the Peak District.  The purpose of the day was to start on some easy routes to introduce trad climbing to those members of the team who has not yet tried it and to attempt one of the top 50 classics ‘Flying Buttress Direct’. 

We all met at the car park opposite Stanage Edge early in the morning and met the crew, a gathering of the equipment and making sure we had everyone we set of up the hill to the crags. The film crew’s drone soon went up to film our progress and the stunning scenery surrounding us. The morning was spent on the easier crags getting use to trad climbing and warming up. After some lunch we moved on to Flying Buttress Direct and spent the afternoon there. As daylight faded we made out way back to the cars and set off for Stanage Edge where we intended to do some night bouldering on Deliverance. 

We finished the day with a few of us stopping at a lovely Indian restaurant in Hathersage with the film crew before departing our ways.

The finished product is a great watch and what I like about it particularly is the way they have captured the rapour and closeness of the GB Paraclimbing Team. See for yourself below or on the EPIC TV Climbing Episode 1263. 

 

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May 10th, 2018 by Matthew Phillips

I have had the DMM Flight Bag, courtesy of DMM Climbing for a few months now and thought that I would try a product review on this blog.

The bag that arrived was in Red but they are also available in Green or Grey.  The quality of it looked and felt very good the seams were nicely finished and strong. The bag’s dimensions are just right for most airline cabin luggage and there is plenty of pockets ans storage. My specific bag was personalized for me by DMM’s own embroider’s who had done a brilliant job.

Opening the main compartment which has two zip’s to be able to open it fully laid out. On one side is one compartment with a net closing the compartment off with a zip all the way round. The compartment is big enough for climbing shoes, chalk bucket and chalk bag and takes up the whole of this side of the bag.

Fully OPened

On the other side which is open it contains 2 straps with clips and also a sheet for use when outdoors to keep your ropes neat and clean. Also at the top of this side is a small pouch. This side is large enough to store your ropes. There are also a couple of clips for keys etc.

Moving to the top of the bag there is another pouch which occupies the top 1/4 of the bag. In here I have my tape, thermoband,, sleeve for my prosthetic arm and snack bars. Perfectly adequate for most small items. One one side of the bag is a holder for a litre bottle and on the other side two side handles which allow you to carry it in a horizontal position.

Tiop Puch

There are some great straps in order to attach a helmet and some straps to hold a decent sized rope.

The rucksack straps are well padded and large enough to be comfortably worn. They have a chest and waist strap which holds the rucksack firmly against your back and a mesh back board to allow your back to breathe.

All in all I really like this bag, its size and features. You don’t need anything else. It costs approx £85 – £95 and can be purchased from a number of climbing outlets.

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