November 30th, 2018 by gep7452

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 gep7452

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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September 18th, 2018 by gep7452

It has been an incredible 10 days attending the World Climbing Championships in Innsbruck. I missed out on Paris 2 years ago because there was not enough in my category but this time I competed and the highlight of my competition was becoming World Champion. Here is my final climb at 17.22. The sound of the crowd was amazing and really helped me to get a top.

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March 22nd, 2018 by gep7452

This year saw changes to the GB Paraclimbing Team selection process. The BMC National Paraclimbing Series 2017still ran its 4 rounds during the year but it is not longer the critical factor in deciding the team for the following year. This year a new event was created the ‘GB Paraclimbing Selection Event’ and ran on 24 Feb at Awesome Walls alongside the British Open Youth Competition.

The aim of this event was to allow paraclimbers to specifically try out for the team using IFSC style routes and regulations as well as harder grades. The first event was well supported and proved to be successful although I would say needs a few tweaks regarding timings.

Shortly after the event the new GB Paraclimbing Team 2018 was announced, most of the team last year made it back on this years team with a number of new climbers getting selected for main team and for the development team. The team’s first training day was held at The Quay Climbing Centre, in a very snowy Exeter. The new team members bonded well with the existing team and we look forward to the year ahead.

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