I started climbing around age 8 or 9 and was immediately hooked! I joined a local squad, where we trained for national youth competitions and soon progressed onto the junior GB team, competing internationally at both European and World Cup events.
Even from a young age, I loved training - I had a woody in my house where many evenings would be spent making up futuristic projects. My enthusiasm for training still remains, challenging my body to see what I can achieve, and then trying to transfer these gains to progress on rock.
Though the main focus as a child was initially competition climbing, growing up in South Wales, the Gower was on my doorstep, and so I quickly fell in love with outdoor climbing as well the competitions. Now, I travelled all over the world- China, America, Norway, South Africa to climb in other wonderful places (though a part of me still thinks South Wales is still the best
Get to know Rhoslyn
Tell us about your successes so far?
I have climbed a few 8c sport routes and 8A boulders and also E6 on Trad, but my proudest ascent is probably flashing Face du Rat, 8a+ in Ceuse. I am also a member of the Senior GB Climbing Team.
What are you working on? What are your goals for the future?
Having just moved to Sheffield, there’s a lot to go at- a grit list longer than my arm and a peak limestone list even longer than that, not to mention the problems on the 50 board at the School Room!
Why do you climb? What do you love about climbing?
I love the movement, the beautiful places climbing has taken me, the climbing community and of course the training- I mostly love how all-encompassing it can be trying push myself to see what I can achieve!
Which Scarpa shoe is your favourite?
Probably the ScarpaDrago- excellent for both smearing on volumes in comps and also give enough support for Peak Lime projects!
Tell us about your best day climbing?
It is hard to pin-point just one day having had so many memorable days out climbing! One that does stand out, is a day from last year when myself and my partner were down in Cornwall for a few days' trad climbing.
For the longest time I had wanted to solo Commando Ridge (not a hard climb, but just a classic of the area), so ticking this off the list, in the sunshine, along with a few harder trad routes made for the nicest day! I think that is what can be so nice about climbing- the best days aren’t necessarily when you are pushing yourself to the limit all the time!
What do you do away from your sport?
When I’m not crimping and drop kneeing my way to glory, I can be found drinking copious amounts of tea, eating cake, watching Made in Chelsea and finding dogs to pet.
I also work as a coach; this is something I am really passionate about. Whether it’s coaching Junior squads or writing Lattice plans for clients to achieve their own goals. I love sharing my knowledge and seeing people progress, really fulfilling!