Will Jackson - Scarpa

Will Jackson

I was born in 1996 in North Yorkshire and lived there until was 14 when I moved across to the Lake District. I’d climbed a little bit when I was at school but never pushed it as at the time I was running for county and country in fell running.

After school, I’d figured out I wanted to get into the outdoor industry so got a job at the local climbing wall to instruct coaching lessons and that’s where I found my passion for setting. I remember doing a lot of hold washing and slugging the holds around for all the setters and setting my problems with just a hand crank, I’ve now been setting for 5 and a bit years and now I set freelance all over the country. This past year has been a big step not only for my climbing pushing my grades higher and being more consistent with them but for my routesetting as well.

I’d say my main motivation for my work is that I want to create something people not only enjoy climbing but that they also learn something from, whether being how to read a tricky sequence or how to catch a toe on a coordination move.

For my climbing, I’d say the motivation isn’t a massive aspect I just enjoy going to some great areas and climbing some blocs whether they be 6a or 8a. If the location is great or the climb inspires me then that’s what is important for me. In a few years I’d like to see myself doing some big trips around Europe, America, and Australia and hopefully setting for more and more walls in the UK and maybe other countries.


Little Langdale, Lake District, England .


Climbing out on the Lakeland fells trying classic impressive lines, when not out climbing you can find me traveling up and down the country setting in climbing walls.


Groove Armada 7c+ highball in the Lake District, it was a massive accomplishment for me as it not only was physically hard but physiologically hard for me as it’s got a sketchy landing as well as it being high.

-Favourite Scarpa-

For indoors: Instinct VS-R they're great for standing on volumes as super soft and superb for steep ground. For some of my harder projects; the Chimera is my go-to shoe it's so soft and fits my feet like a glove, heel and toe hooks are bomber giving me the confidence to do the hard moves I need to.

-No Place too Far-

My dream place to go would be America as so many amazing areas to climb at but would probably spend most the time in Indian Creek; Utah the beautiful sandstone creates some of the most beautiful lines (such as Air Wolf) even makes me want to put a rope on and do crack climbs.


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