Sam Whittaker

My passion for climbing started about 20 years ago on the gritstone outcrops of the Peak District with my Dad and our dog Jake. We used to climb on the grit and it was there where I learn to boulder and trad climb. After years of onsighting and headpointing on the grit I made the headpoint ascent of my own route Appointment with Death, E9 6c at Wimberry.

By this time climbing was my life and it was leading me on some amazing climbing adventures around the world, often big walling trips to places such as Peru, Morroco, America and Kyrgyzstan. It was in Kyrgystan that I did a new route called From Russia with Love, which included an onsight lead of E7 6b.

Throughout my career I have worked within the climbing industry. From managing Rope Race climbing wall in Marple, to working as a sales representative for Prana and Metolius, to now owning my own climbing wall in my home town of Sheffield - The Climbing Works

In recent years I have become more focused on bouldering and sport climbing having some amazing trips over the last year to Rocklands (South Africa) and Hueco Tanks (Texas, USA). By improving my bouldering I have been able to push my sport climbing to a new level. This year I climbed one of my lifetime goals of F8c. Along with this came F8a onsight and Font 8a+ boulder.

When I do have some spare time (which isnt often!) I’m a Techno DJ, spinning tunes down at the Climbing Works and playing out in clubs. My latest gig was at the Sheffield Techno institute this November, check out this link to one of my sets!

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