We launched our first squad team back in September 2013, check out our latest members.

If you would like to trial for the squad please contact Be’ directly on belinda@beclimbing.co.uk

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Ella

What do you love about climbing

It is fun, social and a challenge

Best competition win/moment

When I came 4th in the Open, and 4th at Ratho – I was so happy!

Why/when did you start climbing?

I started when I was 9 for fun, my sister was already climbing – now I am better than her!

Describe climbing in a few words

Exciting! Fun! Challenging!

Archie

Best part of Squad

Smashing hard routes

Best climbing memory

Getting my first 7a on sight outside

What do you love about climbing

Adrenaline, I am a bit crazy about that!

Goals/Ambitions

I want to travel the world climbing, go to places like Yosemite

Lucy

Which Squad do you belong to?* White Spider

Age:* 16

Your Name:* Lucy Rattue

Top Comp Result: 5th at the Junior British Bouldering Championships in March 2016

Why do you compete?* Because of the mental and physical challenge

What is your most memorable climbing experience?* Climbing in Fontainebleau

Who are the people who have most influenced your climbing?* David, Andre and Be, my first coaches

 

Lucy

Best part of Squad
Climbing! Climbing! Climbing!

Best competition win/moment
When I came First at Ratho

Goals/Ambitions
Get into the GB team

Describe climbing in a few words
Amazing!

 

Erin

Best part of Squad

Everyone is really nice to each other, it is a friendly community

Best climbing memory

When I did a V6 on the Comp Wall at White Spider

Goals/Ambitions

I would like to do a 7C+

Why/when did you start climbing?

I used to climb furniture and trees, my parents did not want me to hurt myself so they took me climbing

Toby

Best part of Squad

The training – we train more than any other team and that really helps

Best climbing memory

Doing my first 7c+, everyone in the squad was there and shouting for me

Best competition win/moment

I like it when everyone cheers for someone, it shows that we are climbing against the wall rather than each other.

Describe climbing in a few words

Extreme! Amazing! Friendly!

 

Katy

Best climbing memory
Topping out my first 7b at Margalef

What do you love about climbing
The adrenalin and pushing yourself

Goals/Ambitions
I want to do a 7C outside

Why/when did you start climbing?

I started climbing because my sister was climbing, and I wanted to be better than my sister!

Henri

Best part of Squad
I like working hard at a problem, then it is a great feeling when you complete it

Best climbing memory
I was in France with my family, we went up a long route. When we got to the top it was really cool as it was sundown and the sun was reflected in the water

What do you love about climbing
I love that climbing uses every part of your body: arms, legs, feet – you need to train everything!

Describe climbing in a few words
Fun! Exhausting! Variable! Rewarding!

Mariko

Best climbing memory
Coming into squad was really nice and meeting everyone

What do you love about climbing
It is more free than other sports; running is running, but there are so many things to do in climbing

Goals/Ambitions
Top 5 in Blokfest

Describe climbing in a few words
Free! Fun! Energising!

Matilda

Best part of Squad

Climbing with friends, finding out how good the other people are and climbing with them

What do you love about climbing

I like being up high and looking down on people as everyone is small! I love the challenge of the roof climb.

Goals/Ambitions

I want to lead a 6c+ and bouldering B5

Why/when did you start climbing?

I always used to climb on trees and my mum thought that I should learn with a professional otherwise I would fall and hurt myself.  It was a good idea because I tried it and it was really fun

Alice

Best climbing memory

I love the competitions, YCS is good because we eat a lot of food

What do you love about climbing

You can see improvement quickly, and even though I get really tired I still enjoy it.

Best competition win/moment

I won the Eliminator at The Reach, I won £50 and bought a new harness

Goals/Ambitions

I want to get a clean 7b+ and summit a mountain

Describe climbing in a few words

Hard and relaxing at the same time!

Lia

Best part of Squad
Being with friends and doing my favourite sport

What do you love about climbing
The fact that you can let your feelings out through climbing

Goals/Ambitions
This year I want to get to Ratho again and come in the top 3 at Blokfest

Why/when did you start climbing?
I started climbing trees when I was 2 and my mum thought that I should be taught to do it safely.

Chris

Best part of Squad
Social aspect and pushing yourself to your limits

What do you love about climbing
Social, strength, lots of stuff

Goals/Ambitions
I would like to keep climbing for the rest of my life!

Why/when did you start climbing?
I got told off for climbing my school roof so my mum took me climbing!

Describe climbing in a few words
The best!

red spider squad member boulder comp
red spider squad member boulder comp

Iona

Best part of Squad
The socialising and getting stronger, climbing is always different – different styles and different routes.

Best climbing memory
We had a squad trip to Font – it was great climbing with everyone encouraging each other, and we had a massive BBQ afterwards

Why/when did you start climbing?
I started when I was 9. I liked climbing trees and felt that there should be a sport for climbing – and there was!

Catrin

How did you start climbing?
I started climbing trees as soon as I could and my interest just grew from there, my uncle took me down to Calshot once or twice and then red spider opened! I did a couple of recreational sessions and the rest is history. 

How long have you been climbing for?
2 years

Why do you like climbing?
I enjoy the challenge of the constant need to improve, as well as the thrill and adrenalin!

Tell us something interesting about yourself:
I have shiny, metallic, purple Dr Martens!

What is the best thing about being on the squad?
It is not only a chance to socialise, but also a way for me to improve and it is a gateway to competitions.

Tchiana

How did you start climbing?

I started climbing at rock up every week. Then my aunt told me about Red Spider. First, I had a few trips with my aunt and then I did NIBAS for 1-2 years.  Now I’m in the climbing squad and the rest is history.

How long have you been climbing for?

2-3 years although my Mum says I used to climb lampposts and everything I could when I was little too.

Why do you like climbing?

It’s a way to get all the energy out of me and it’s quite relaxing 

Tell us something interesting about yourself:

I am a chatterbox, I like talking to everyone in the centre. I like asking questions.

What is the best thing about being on the squad?

The members of the squad and the competitions

Jemima (Jamme)

How did you start climbing?

I was climbing trees in the park, my Dad thought I was good at it so he took me to indoor climbing places.

How long have you been climbing for?

4 years, and I’ve loved every moment climbing in that time.

Why do you like climbing?

I like climbing because it’s really fun, everyone is really nice and supportive, and it’s a great feeling when you get to the top of a really hard route.

Tell us something interesting about yourself:

I really love cats and I have taught my own cat, Linus, to sit for treats!

What is the best thing about being on the squad?

I get to improve my strength and skill, I get to climb lots, and everyone is really friendly and kind.

What would you like to achieve from climbing (eg: GB Squad, Olympics, get stronger generally)?

I would like to get into the GB squad, go to the Olympics and get into the World Cup.

Sam J

How did you start climbing?
Moved on from parkour then discovered how amazing red spider is.

How long have you been climbing for?

2 years

Why do you like climbing?

The challenge, I enjoy doing things that I thought were impossible

Tell us something interesting about yourself:

I don’t have much of a sense of fear and have spent a lot of time in the minor injuries unit

What is the best thing about being on the squad?

Climbing with other people at my level and learning from each other

What would you like to achieve from climbing (eg: GB Squad, Olympics, get stronger generally)?

To get on team GB like Imogen

Imogen (Imy)

Sponsors

Coco Fuzion 100
Red spider climbing
Beyond hope

Blog and Social Media Handles/Links

@imogenclimbs -Instagram, Twitter
Imogen Horrocks- Facebook

Top Competition Result

Winning the Junior British Bouldering championships (age 14) and being selected to compete for the GB team as a junior. In 2018 I was selected for the senior GB team where I have travelled to Russia, China, and Japan for my first time on the world cup circuit

Favourite type of climbing

My passion is for bouldering, but I am open to outdoors and to start leading again

Who has influenced your climbing

The people who have influenced me have been Leah and Alex Megos

Why do you climb

I climb for the feeling of success, not just in competitions but also in my training. The feeling of topping a hard boulder or pushing yourself to the max is amazing.

Why/When did you start climbing

I began climbing at the age of 12 at a small wall in a junior club. Since my first session I have had a growing passion for the sport, and began to compete nationally at the age of 13.

Chris

Qualifications & Experience:

FUNdamentals 1 & 2, Foundation & Development Coach trained and 12 years of climbing experience

Most memorable climbing experience?

Too many to say however climbing my first V12 (after only 4.5 years of climbing) – Body Count in Magic Wood would probably be up there!

Favourite type of climbing:

Used to be bouldering however it’s got to be Deep Water Soloing now!

Other interests:

Playing guitar, bodyboarding, travelling, learning about history & current affairs, debating

Who has influenced your climbing?

All my friends and people I climb with

Why do you climb?

For the adventure, to keep fit and healthy

Why/ When did you start climbing?

I started climbing because there weren’t any good waves for me to surf where I live in the UK. I think I started climbing near the end of 2006.

Belinda (Be’)

Sponsors

Beyond Hope: Evolv, Metolius, ABK

Blog and Social Media Handles/Links:

www.beclimbing.co.uk @be_climbing

Qualifications and/or experience:

SPA, 1st class BA hons degree in Adventure Education, 12 years coaching experience, GB paraclimbing coach

Top Competition Result:

10th British Bouldering Championships, 3rd BIFF

Most memorable climbing experience:

completing my first 8a sport route El Desafio

Favourite type of climbing:

Sport

Other interests you have:

cooking, surfing, snowboarding, music, spending time with my family

Who has influenced your climbing:

My friend Nat Tanser

Why do you climb:

For the adventure, challenge and love of the movement

Why/When did you start climbing:

When I was 16 I got my first job cleaning toilets in my local wall…. onwards and upwards from there!

Hannah

Sponsors

Petzl and La Sportiva (Lyon Equipment) , Nakd Bar , Bridgham Clinic – Osteopaths , Friction Labs Chalk

Blog and Social Media Handles/Links

@hbladwin8 -Instagram

Top Competition Result

Gold 2018 – World Championships , Gold 2017 – World Cup Series , Gold 2016,17 and 18 British Championships

Favourite type of climbing

Sport Climbing all the way. One of my most memorable experiences is topping my first 7b, Clashing Socks, at Brean Down.

Who has influenced your climbing

All my friends and coaches influence my climbing

Most memorable climbing experience

The list is growing all the time so it’s hard to nail down one. Ones that spring to mind are my first 7b outdoors, doing my first trad lead in ‘The Peak’ (took my first fall on the same route too!), multipitch climbing at the Dewerstone, deep water soloing at Lulworth… too many!

Why do you climb

Well, football is difficult with one leg and I’m no concert pianist! Joking aside, I love it. The adventures, experiences with friends, pushing myself at all levels and training. I love to train!

Other Interests

Piano, Music, Football (hence above!)

Amelia

How did you start climbing?

I started climbing at mum’s birthday party 2 years ago.

How long have you been climbing for?

2 years and I’ve been to both of red spider’s birthday parties.

Why do you like climbing?

Because it challenges me and I have to think about doing things in a different way.

Tell us something interesting about yourself:

I came 64th out of 150 girls for my county  in the cross-country champion ships .

What is the best thing about being on the squad?

I love being challenged and the coaches know how to do that.

What would you like to achieve from climbing (eg: GB Squad, Olympics, get stronger generally)?

I would just like to improve and get better at climbing.

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Alternative Spider Climbing Locations

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