MEET THE DIRECTORS
We are all dedicated climbers who are passionate about sharing our love of the sport / lifestyle with new and experienced climbers that visit our climbing gym. We think that we have created one of the best state-of-the-art climbing centres in the country and hope that you enjoy climbing here as much as we do. We look forward to meeting you at our climbing gym very soon!
Ian has been climbing for over 30 years and is a true Lancashire climbing legend. He was one of the directors of the original Boulder UK climbing wall in Blackburn. Ian’s achievements in the sport are far-reaching. He has been British Champion, competed internationally for 10 years, won the X-Games and also became European Champion in 1998. In addition to these achievements he is also an incredibly accomplished outdoor climber. Ian onsighted up to E7 on trad, has onsighted up to 8b sport climbs and famously climbed True North at Kilnsey 1st redpoint in a day. He has also completed both full traverses at Longridge, Traverse of the Gods (8b+) and Going Down (8c+), also 1st redpoint.
Ian has been route-setting for over 17 years. After retiring from the competition scene Ian worked as an international route setter for 10 years and was forerunner for the World Championships in Chamonix. As head route setter at the new wall, Ian will be putting this experience to good use, creating interesting problems for you all to climb.
Ian also works alongside Gill, coaching Boulder UK’s exceptionally talented junior climbing team.
Gill is a Lancashire lass and has been climbing in the area for over 20 years; she has over 15 years’ experience working in the climbing industry. Gill achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Sports Coaching from UCLan and has extensive experience in Sports Development. Gill is also an accomplished competition climber, having competed on the British Team for 4 years where she made semi-finals in a number of World Cup events with her best result of 17th. Gill also enjoys bouldering and sport climbing outdoors. Indeed, she has bouldered up to 7C+ and sport climbing up to 8a repoint and 7c flash. In 2017, she also completed the Traverse of the Gods (8b+) at Longridge.
As head coach for Boulder UK’s exceptionally talented junior climbing team, Gill is passionate about developing the next generation of Lancashire climbers.
Neil started climbing at the age of 14, developing into one of the UK’s finest all-round climbers. He has bouldered up to font 8a+, on-sighted up to 8a+ sport routes, climbed over 250 grade 8 sport routes, including numerous 8cs as well as the Pedigree Chum traverse (8c+) in Cheedale. In addition to this, he has also repeated many hard trad routes including Parthian Shot (E9 6c), Muy Caliente! (E9 6c) and numerous E8s around the country. In 2014 he did the first ascent of the hardest route in Pembroke, Choronzon E10 (8b+). As centre manager, alongside Gill, he hopes to provide one of the best training facilities in the North West for both experienced climbers and those who are new to the sport.
Tanya only started climbing regularly in her mid-twenties when she moved to Lancashire and met Gill. As a teenager she used to compete nationally as a swimmer, which undoubtedly gave her the shoulders and a good base for climbing training! Her passion for the sport and dedication to training meant that she rapidly progressed in a variety of disciplines within the sport. Tanya has competed nationally, flashed up to 7c and red-pointed 8b sport routes, bouldered 7C and head-pointed E6/7 6c traditional routes. In 2014, she became the first female climber to complete the epic Traverse of the Gods at Longridge (8b+).
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