Jon Procter - Scarpa

Jon Procter

I started climbing around the winter of 2014. I was completing my Mountain Leader summer training and the guide who was running the course pulled me to one side and told me I should try climbing when I returned home as I showed so much enthusiasm on the emergency procedures day. Needless to say, I did what he told me and never looked back.

My intention was to climb mountains but I got hooked on sport climbing almost straight away - more specifically, short bouldery sport climbing! A friend of mine, Adam Harrisson, then introduced me to the idea of training after he spent 6 months training with Tom Randall in 2014. That winter I gave it a go and in the spring of 2016 I ticked my first 8a, just 18 months after I had started climbing. Training then became a structured part of my year. 6 months outside, 6 months inside. As a parent to 2 boys and a husband to an amazing wife this approach worked really well as I was at home all weekend throughout the winter which gave me the chance to spend some quality time with them, without having to fight the desire to go climbing outside.

By taking this approach I managed to improve by a grade a year every spring and then focussed on building my pyramid of routes throughout the summer. I still take this approach now, although more recently it has been with a focus on bouldering as it seems to fit into my life more easily.

I am now working as a climbing coach at Lattice training where I get just as much satisfaction out of helping others to succeed as I do my own success. Being a parent, working 60+ hours a week and continuing to improve as a climber is hard but I somehow seemed to have found a system that works for me. Working at Lattice has given me the opportunity to share this knowledge with others and I love it!


 

-Hometown-

Sheffield, UK
 

-Projects-

Nothing specific - Just the desire to continue to improve! I was a very keen fell runner for some time and the Bob Graham was always in the forefront of my mind. I have had to step away from this in recent years though due to having less free time.
 

-Successes-

I have always tried to measure my success with progression year on year, whether this be breaking a new grade, quick redpoints of previous bests or even PBs on a fingerboard. If I can continue to improve my profile, then in my opinion, I will be able to continue to succeed.

-Favourite Scarpa-

I bought the Instinct VS when they first came out and I haven't looked back. In my opinion they are the best all round shoes that give me nothing but confidence even on the smallest of footholds.
 
 

-No Place too Far-

Malham Cove – I’m a proud little Englishman and although Malham is only 2 hours from my home I have been unable to go in recent years due to work and family commitments. I'm counting down the days until I can spend a season or 2 there again.

 


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Photo Credits: Keith Sharples, Ollie Torr.

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