Nathan Phillips – A Promising Start



Strongest start possible – Nathan flashes everything at the season opener qualifying round in Meiringen, SUI. (Photo credit – Eddie Fowke, IFSC, The Circuit Climbing)

The first 4 comps of the season have been strange ones for me. It’s hard to tell whether to be satisfied with my performances or feel like I could have done more.

The season kicked off in Meiringen, Switzerland where I climbed without fault, flashing every single boulder in the qualification round. A promising start right? Surely after this I could have a great year with multiple semi final spots and maybe some more finals. Unfortunately that has not been the case so far. In the next 3 World Cups I would finish in the same position at every one, 13th place (in my qualification group), just 3 spots out of semi finals.

Hanging out in Moscow (RUS) – no semi’s this time, but ranking points on the board. (Photo credit – Eddie Fowke, IFSC, The Circuit Climbing)

I’m ever grateful to White Spider and my other sponsors for funding my passion. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to travel to these competitions and represent my country. I always have to remind myself of that, that it is my passion and I really should appreciate all the amazing opportunities I have instead of focusing on results. If I focus on enjoyment then any good results are a bonus.

SO CLOSE – one move away from the semis. (Photo credit – Eddie Fowke – IFSC – The Circuit Climbing)

I’ve decided to miss the final round of the World Cup in Vail, USA, as for the same price I could do a month long rock trip pretty much anywhere in the world. Makes it pretty hard to justify for one competition. However, I will be at the next round in Munich, Germany this coming weekend and I’m super psyched for that. I hope I can do you all proud and break this 13th streak…

China part 2 – another strong performance, and a THIRD 13th position for Nathan in Wujiang. (Photo credit – Eddie Fowke – IFSC – The Circuit Climbing)

All photos used with permission from Eddie Fowke (The Circuit Climbing)

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