Hamish Potokar

It’s impossible to say when I started climbing; there certainly wasn’t a definitive point. First it was scrambling up broken walls, and then following my dad to the crag, but it was at about the age of 12 that my enthusiasm really rocketed. Though through my early schooling I consider myself deep down outdoor climber, I tend to spend most of my time bouldering indoors, both as a means to get strong, and as an end in itself. I love the social side of climbing, and how it integrates itself in to a whole lifestyle, l rather than being limited to just a ‘sport’. The sense of purpose is something I also feel I really benefit from, as I love the process of working towards goals, and the direction it gives you. Making the GB junior bouldering team was probably quite a significant moment for me, as it opened the door to a whole other aspect of climbing, in which I train to compete at an international level. Competition climbing is now a big part of my life and is something I have come to really enjoy.

For me, my biggest achievement would be making my first podium at a European youth cup, coming 3rd in L’agentierre la Besse, France, as this is genuinely something I never thought I’d be able to do. Alongside this I’ve bouldered  8A+ and sport climbed 8b, and am looking forward to pushing on for some harder ascents in the future. My main wish is that I can continue to climb injury free long in to the future, is it feels like something so ingrained in to my life. In the short term I’m also looking forward to putting more time in to my training after I finish school, and testing the possibilities of what is possible for me, both outdoors and in competition climbing.

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