Robert @ Dumbarton Rock

Q&A with Robert

How did you get involved in climbing?

I have been climbing for 22 years, after my first day outdoor climbing at the age of 3. Since then I have loved every form of climbing, including indoor climbing, outdoor traditional and sport climbing. In my teen years I was very into competitions, being a member of the GB Junior climbing team for 6 years as well as competing in European and World Championships. Since then I have stepped away from competitions and now focus on passing my experience through coaching. I have just left the position of Head Coach of the Glasgow Climbing Centre Youth Team however I am still involved in the coaching at the ClimbScotland Youth Academies.

What is your favourite type of climbing?

Through all my experience in the last 22 years, my favourite form of climbing has always been outdoor trad climbing, as Scotland hosts some of the best climbing in the world! There is nothing better than a good day out in the mountains and my aim for the future is to encourage as many people as possible to share that experience.

Where do you climb the most?

Being based in Glasgow my main climbing spots are south, however given the chance I try to reach the North West coast of Scotland. I enjoy beasting myself on the 8as’ and E4s’ of the southern sport and trad crags, but I enjoy nothing more than spending all day on a 5 pitch Diff on the west coast.

What other interests do you have?

In my spare time, when im not climbing due to bad weather or wrecked skin, I enjoy cycling and occasionaly I do enjoy a long tour with my mates.

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