Callum Johnson - Scarpa

Callum Johnson

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.



Scottish Highlands


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).


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.

-Favourite Scarpa-

Phantom Tech and Instinct VS

-No Place too Far-

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...



Photo Credit - Hamish Frost, Jamie Skelton, Greg Boswell


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