Aidan Roberts

I have grown up living an active lifestyle in the heart of the lake district. Although, I didn’t start climbing until the relatively late age of 13. I was always into sports and with a childhood of scrambling up hills and climbing trees, rock climbing came naturally to me. I mostly climb alone so bouldering naturally became my main discipline. From the very start, I loved training and so my motivation was never an issue.

About 2 years later I began competing and made the GB climbing team at the end of that year, only to then go on to win the European Championships the following year. It was a great start! However, my progress was quickly slowed when a serious fall whilst bouldering in Fontainebleau left me with a severely damaged foot. After surgery and I was able to get back to training and made significant, and much needed strength gains. But my style of climbing drastically changed. Since then I have found what feels like a healthy balance between competitions and outdoors climbing, both of which I am extremely passionate about.

This year (2018) I competed in my first senior world cups and, though I did not feel I fulfilled my potential, I had a great time doing it and feel I learnt a lot about what I need to work on in the run up to next season.


-Hometown-

Rydal, Cumbria, UK

-Projects-

I am mainly a boulderer, balancing competitions and outdoor climbing, though, when I get the opportunity, I very much enjoy both sport and trad climbing too. Outside of climbing, I currently study Math at UCL in London and balancing my training and studies. In the little time remaining I very much enjoy to cook and bake.

-Successes-

I think my proudest achievement in competitions was becoming the European Youth Bouldering Champion 2015, it was very near the start of my international competition career and I think it came as a surprise to everyone. More recently, I was able to make semi-finals in the senior bouldering world cup in Vail, America. However, I feel I have performed better in outdoor bouldering trips. In particular, a trip to Rocklands, South Africa this summer was my most productive yet and I was able to leave with a tick list I was proud of.

-Favourite Scarpa-

My favorite shoe is the Drago’s, I find them ideal for competitions as they can smear and toe hook very well. The down-turned shape allows for tension on steep angles and the flexibility makes smearing on volumes and slabs feel far easier.

-No Place too Far-

I'm keen to explore The Grampians, Australia. It looks to be an incredible bouldering destination with beautiful rock quality and a high density of hard boulders which could keep me busy for a while!

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