Neil started climbing at the age of 7, over 20 years ago, thanks to a cousin who invited him along on a climbing trip after he saw him attempt to scale - and promptly fall out of - a tree. The cousin has a lot to answer for, because Neil is possibly one of the most fanatical climbers we've got amongst our climbing experts.
His first ever trip was to local crags in Wharnecliff, and from there he progressed to trying out routes in Wales, the Lake District, and then after a few years’ practice moved on to ice climbing in the Glencoe mountain range, Scotland. At age 17 Neil spent a summer climbing in Chamonix, so if you’re thinking of a trip to the Alps to try out some routes, talk to Neil.
These days, he trains at least 6 days a week, mainly in The Foundry, but still frequently visits Snowdonia, Great Orm, and he is always aiming to try out new routes in Wharnecliff. He is also planning a trip to the Greek island of Kalymnos next year, for some fairer weather climbing, which will coincide with The North Face festival.
Llanberis pass, Wales. Neil is always looking for interesting rock faces will lots of diversity, and his favourite place to climb in the UK is Llanberis pass in Wales. "There's just loads to do, all sorts of different styles from multi pitch Trad, to bouldering next to the road, and the scenery is amazing." One of his ambitions is to go climbing on the granite of the Australian Grampians, near Melbourne, for the reasons above.