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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September 2nd, 2018 by Matthew Phillips

Please enjoy my Vlog of the Innsbruck Training Camp I attended thanks to Boost Charitable Trust.

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April 24th, 2016 by Matthew Phillips

Good Friday saw a last minute invitation from my coach Robin to join him and a couple of friends who were going to Stanage Plantation in Peak District. Read more of this article »

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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.


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