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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May 10th, 2018 by gep7452

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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August 11th, 2017 by gep7452

Matthew is excited to announce that he has a new home wall and sponsor with the fantastic Oakwood Climbing Centre in Wokingham. Oakwood which opened less than a year ago has already raised the standard in indoor climbing centres and become a very popular climbing venue. "I am really pleased to be supported by such an outstanding centre and look forward to training regularly on their first class facilities". Said Matthew.

Oakwood is set in the countryside just outside Wokingham, Berkshire and boasts many top quality facilities including one of the longest competition walls in the UK, top out boulder islands, circuit board, lattice board, fingerboards, campus boards, Auto-belays, Top-rope and lead walls. It also has mini boulder walls and slide for children large and small. After climbing you can relax in their cafe with its large view window onto the climbing arena and under floor heating.

Tony Pudner, the man behind the formation of the centre said "Matt is a shining example of someone who has succeeded at the highest levels of climbing despite obstacles that life dealt him. You tell him why something can't be done and he will show you how it can. He will be an inspiration to young people, and we look forward to his future participation and involvement at the Oakwood Climbing Centre"

Why not come down and check out the centre, you may see Matthew training for his latest competition.

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April 12th, 2017 by gep7452

I am pleased to have joined the team at NoGrad, a French based high end climbing clothing company. As a sponsored athlete, known as Nograder’s I get to wear their fantastic climbing clothes which are great quality and great colours. 

Nograd is based in France. They also have a number of online stockists including Alpinetrek or Bananafingers in th UK. 

I am really proud to have joined the NoGraders as the first UK sponsored athlete on their team and look forward to meeting up with the rest of them at some point in the future. 

Philippe Ribiere, Director of Marketing, also a Paraclimber said ‘Matt’s climbing style very much reflects NoGrad’s slogan ‘No Rules No Codes No Glory. We are pleased to have him on board.’

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