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Robbie Phillips

Climbing

Where do you call home? 
Edinburgh…and of course THE MOUNTAINS!!!

Favourite event or place to practice your sport?
Indoors: Edinburgh International Climbing Arena 
Outdoors: Yosemite, California

What is your focus within your sport (what sub-discipline of your sport do you do most)? 
Allrounder (Sport/Trad/Bouldering/BigWall/Winter/Adventure)

Why do you like that aspect the most? 
I like being the allrounder because you're never bored—your always climbing something no matter the season! I like the idea of being the ultimate climber; someone who can approach any situation and be ready for it! If you specialise, sure you can be great at that one thing; but to be an allrounder is far more rewarding for me [smile].

What is the strangest thing that has happened to you while doing your sport? 
Me and my climbing partner were ambushed on El Capitan (800m up) by a giant wall rat!!!

Do you have a local claim to fame (fittest, fastest, funniest, smelliest, etc.)? 
Luckiest (or maybe unlucky)—I always seem to have EPIC's or bad falls and somehow get away with it  [raspberry]

Do you promote an annual event or are you involved in a charitable cause? 
I am an ambassador for "Urban Uprising"—a charity that gets underprivileged children opportunities to try outdoor sports such as climbing!

Notable recent results? 
2014 — First Ascent of "Haggissaurus Rex", one of Australia's hardest rock climbs!
2015 —  "Silbergeier", 2nd ascent of "Project Fear" and "Paciencia" the hardest rock climb on the Eiger Nordwand! 
2016 — "El Niño" on El Capitan, one of El Cap's hardest Free Climbs.
2017 — I completed a big project to climb all 5 towers of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the Dolomites in a day.
2017 — First British ascent of "End of Silence" (8b+) in the Berchtesgaden Alps, which is 2nd of the Alpine Trilogy leaving me with only one left to becoming the first Brit to complete this famous trilogy of world class alpine rock climbs.

Anything else you would like to add about yourself or your sport?
I love climbing because it's the most ridiculous thing imagineable. Climb that rock/wall/mountain! Why? Who knows? Who cares? It's fun; I do it because I love to do it! I don't care if it's kind of pointless...

My favourite quote: 
“If you are a guy full of shit without the gold medal, if you get the gold medal you are still a guy full of shit.” - Didier Berthod (Ex-Swiss Pro-Climber and now a Monk!)

Plans for 2018:
January: Cochamo (Chile - Northern Patagonia)
May/June: Rocklands (South Africa)
July/Aug: Tsaranoro (Madagascar)

MUCHO ADVENTURE! 

www.robbiephillips.co.uk