Guy Robertson

Guy lives with his family in Aberdeen, Scotland, where he works as a low carbon project manager.  He has put up new rock and winter climbs in regions as diverse as Africa, the Middle East, the Alps, Peru, Norway and the Greater Himalaya.  However, it is for his domestic winter exploits he is rightly best known, having for many years been active at the forefront of Scottish winter climbing. 

Guy has made long-awaited second ascents of most of the hardest winter test-pieces from the 1980’s and 1990’s and more recently has pioneered many of his own first ascents across Scotland up to grade X. 

He specialises in creating long and sustained mixed routes, often in very remote locations, and always climbed from the ground up.  This committing and adventurous approach encapsulates the very essence of hard Scottish winter climbing.


-Hometown-

Aberdeen, Scotland.

-Projects-

Predominantly finding and climbing hard new winter new routes in Scotland, but I travel a bit and I’ve lots of unclimbed projects in Scotland in summer too – especially in the Northwest Highlands. I’ve also been doing a bit of fund raising for refugees in partnership with the Scottish Refugee Council through the Scottish Climbers for Refugees initiative. I raised a total of £5000 in 2016/17 through a series of lectures and events for climbers.

-Successes-

For me just continuing to climb hard year on year – in my third decade now! I’ve been lucky enough to continue to push my limits at the upper end of the Scottish winter grade spectrum, and to find and climb some of the best winter lines Scotland has to offer – The Holy Grail from earlier this season in Glencoe is a case in point; a plum new grade IX multi-pitch winter line up the middle of one of the best and biggest cliffs in Scotland, climbed with a great friend on a beautiful day. Perfection!

-Favourite Scarpa-

The Phantom Tech – just when you thought the Phantom Guide and Phantom Ultra couldn’t be bettered! Pretty much the best winter boot money can buy!

-No Place too Far-

Has to be Newfoundland, went there for the first time last winter – big, bad, remote unclimbed lines in a wild setting, with the best local hospitality in the world!!


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