October 13th, 2017 by Matthew Phillips

We were very lucky this year to have two World Paraclimbing Cups in the UK. The first was in Edinburgh two weeks ago and in Sheffield last weekend. Both were run alongside other competitions which I think is a good thing as it provides more exposure for Paraclimbing.

The World Paraclimbing Cup in Edinburgh was run alongside the World Cup for able-bodied climbers. The ticketed event was sold out and allowed Paraclimbing to be showcased to a lot of people whom it would not of otherwise been. The competition consisted of 2 qualifying top-ropes and a final top rope. Coming 2nd to the German Kevin Bartake taking Silver.

The second World Paraclimbing Cup was in Sheffield at Awesome Walls This was run alongside the British Lead Climbing Competitions and agin brought a wider audience. This time taking Gold topping out my first route and beating Kevin Bartake on both the second qualifier and the finals.

After the Sheffield competition the Paraclimbing team stayed on in the Peak District for a couple more days to allow for some filming to be done with the team, Epic TV and BMC TV. The first day was spent at Stanage Edge where the team went trad climbing and finishing off on the Flying Buttress. In the evening a spot of night bouldering at Stanage Plantation where multiple attempts were made on Deliverance.

The Tuesday saw the team rained off the Grit and so a visit to Climbing Works was the alternative. Thank you very much to Climbing Works who opened just for the team when we arrived as they were not due to open for another 2 hours. A great time was had by all the team and more filming buy the BMC TV crew.

Posted in Competitions, Outdoor Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

October 18th, 2015 by Matthew Phillips
1st Place

1st Place

After getting on the podium in round 1  I had my work cut out to maintain my position. This time I was joined by my coach Robin O’Leary at the Castle Climbing Centre in London. Another 24 competitiors, 3 climbs and 3 boulder problems to face. This was round 2 of 4 of the British Paraclimbing Series 2015.

After a warm-up we went through the game plan for tackling the climbs and boulders. After discussing them with Robin I felt more confident. I tackled the first route which looked the easiest and then the easiest boulder. This then left the second route which looked at tough one. A hard movement from my little arm and a pocket which was just to small for it. However, I need not have worried as I flashed both.

After lunch the final route and last 2 boulders all looked tough but after discussions with Robin and following my gameplan I flashed them all. Finishing the day with a perfet score.

Another gold for round 2.


Posted in Competitions Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,