Name: Callum Johnson
Hometown: Scottish Highlands
I started climbing when I joined the university mountaineering club, exploring the local sea cliffs whenever I could, they opened my eyes to the adventures on offer. Trad climbing quickly became a big passion and focus, making the most of weekend hits to remote and rarely travelled crags to seek out an inspiring line. I remember often being distracted through weekday lectures planning the next weekend’s mission to the mountains, sea cliffs or crags of Scotland.
Winter climbing came hand-in-hand with summer rock, to me it just makes sense to do what the season is telling you. The mountains take on a wholly different look and seriousness to them in Scottish winter conditions, I enjoy the big days out with good friends climbing some hard mixed or steep ice. Those days feed the soul and live long in the memory.
I have enjoyed some forays in the alps in summer and winter, and some great rock trips abroad but my heart always takes me back to Scotland.
This year I am focussing on some longer projects, moving from my onsight climbing style to pushing myself and testing my abilities in a different style. I am excited for the challenge and looking forward to many more great days out with friends.
Get to know Callum
Tell us about your successes so far?
Lots of great winter days out in Scotland, including some first ascents; New Age Raiders IX 9 - Bidean Nam Bian, The Flying Fox VIII 8 - An Teallach, Take The Throne VI 5 - Creag an Dubh Loch.
Adventurous Scottish Trad climbing, with some of the harder routes being; The Land of the Lost and Found E7 6c - Quinag, Lunatic Fringe E7 6c - Aberdeen Coast, Onsighting Major Domo E6 6b - Gruinard Bay.
Completing my #WinterTripleEight project, which was to climb eight grade VIII Scottish winter routes on 8 different mountain crags in one season.
What are you working on? What are your goals for the future?
Scottish winter and trad are my focus, but I consider myself an all-rounder (I think you have to be to make the most of the Scottish weather).
Why do you climb? What do you love about climbing?
I enjoy all climbing disciplines, each one has its own appeal and challenge. I love the most adventurous mountain trad or Scottish winter climbing. The freedom of the mountains makes me feel alive.
Which Scarpa shoe is your favourite?
Phantom Tech and Instinct VS
Tell us about your best day climbing?
Good friends, crystal clear winter air, cold and windless, crunchy snow and sticky ice. Scottish winter at it's finest.
What do you do away from your sport?
I am a mechanical engineer working for a renewable energy technology development company. I am currently working on a project to develop a commercially viable wave energy converter.
Very keen to get to Lofoten, Patagonia and New Zealand. Probably because they all look like Scotland just on a bigger scale!
Every time I visit a new destination - one off the wish list - five more seem to get added...
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