July 7th, 2019 by Matthew Phillips

The Paraclimbing Blokfest was held recently at the castle climbing centre in London. It was the culmination of many months of effort from a number of people specifically the Castle, Paraclimb London and the Blokfest team who made the whole event possible. The day was broken down into three parts the bouldering the routes and the final to top it off, a long day starting at around 10 and going on all the way to 6. The route setting was done by a team of some of the best route setters in the country and the fine selection of holds on display meant that the route setting was outstanding.

I started on boulders and quickly ticked through the easy ones leaving around five harder ones for the end I quickly managed a few of these including a lovely double dyno set by Ben West which took a few tries to figure out the beta but eventually went very smoothly. This left three of the hardest blocs to go which unfortunately I was unable to tick through but which still left me with a respectable score going into the second half of the competition. The second half was a tope-rope section with three routes. The first two were pretty straightforward but enjoyable. The final route was a step-up with some tricky techy moves. I got about 3 quarters of the way up this one before falling on a tricky press out.

Now it was time for isolation before the finals. Waiting with some of the Gb team for my time to climb which was right at the end the last climber to climb of the day. When I went out the routes was great starting with some easy moves on good holds then into some more crimpy moves followed by a big dyno to a hold on a volume that was hidden, in effect a blind dyno. The last few moves were easy but pumpy and then I dropped the final move due to some faffing with the rope. This still secured me first place which I was vey happy with. Overall it was a good day nd I look forward to next years event.    

Below is a video montage of my climbs on the day 

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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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