Sam Whittaker

Name: Sam Whittaker

DOB: 29/06/1977

Hometown: Sheffield

Sport: Climber

My passion for climbing started about 20 years ago on the gritstone outcrops of the Peak District with my Dad and our dog Jake. We used to climb on the grit and it was there where I learn to boulder and trad climb. After years of onsighting and headpointing on the grit, I made the headpoint ascent of my own route Appointment with Death, E9 6c at Wimberry.

By this time climbing was my life and it was leading me on some amazing climbing adventures around the world, often big walling trips to places such as Peru, Morroco, America, and Kyrgyzstan. It was in Kyrgyzstan that I did a new route called From Russia with Love, which included an onsight lead of E7 6b.

Throughout my career, I have worked in the climbing industry. From managing Rope Race climbing wall in Marple, to working as a sales representative for Prana and Metolius, I am now the co-owner of my own wall in my hometown of Sheffield - The Climbing Works.

In recent years I have become more focused on bouldering and sport climbing having some amazing trips over the last year to Rocklands (South Africa) and Hueco Tanks (Texas, USA). By improving my bouldering I have been able to push my sport climbing to a new level. I currently climb sport 8c, E9, and Font 8b boulder.

When I do have some spare time (which isn't often!) I’m a Techno DJ, spinning tunes down at the Climbing Works and playing out in clubs. 

Get to know Sam

Tell us about your successes so far?

One of my main successes so far has been opening The climbing works 17 years ago.

What are you working on? What are your goals for the future?

Currently I’m just about to start a training block ready for 2024 Rocklands family trip.

Why do you climb? What do you love about climbing?

I love all types of climbing both home and abroad, Favourites have to Frankenjura and Fontainbleau.

Which Scarpa shoe is your favourite?

Instinct VS and Furia Air

Tell us about your best day climbing?

Every climbing day is the best… although if I had to pick it would be Deep water soling in perfect conditions in Majorca

What do you do away from your sport?

Djing Techno/House Music at Climbing events and parties.

Where is your #NoPlacetooFar?

A few months in Yosemite to do a big wall

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