10 Questions with … Nathan Phillips

10 Questions with … Nathan Phillips
GB Climbing Team Member, British Bouldering Champion and World Cup Finalist

Thank you to Nathan, for letting us interview him during the Battle of Britain 2018 at the Depot in Manchester, on 20th October.

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m a member of the GB climbing team. I’ve been climbing since I was 6 years old, so a real long time.

What was your first climbing experience?

I was never really into mainstream sports when I was younger. If I was just playing football I always ended up being in goal and I’d just end up climbing the goalposts and stuff like that. So my dad took me to a climbing wall one time and I really liked it.

How did you know that climbing was your thing?

I just enjoyed it. From the beginning I wasn’t like immediately really good at it, I think I just enjoyed it because it was really different to other sports.

Where is your favourite outdoor climb?

It’s probably a 6b+ in Font[ainebleau] called ‘Vengeance Du Triceps’, it’s like a really slopey mantle.

What has been your proudest climbing moment?

Probably making finals in the world championships this year.

What are your ambitions?

I have loads of ambitions but I guess the next thing is to just keep moving up in the World Cups, improve my World Ranking and get on the podium.
Lead, Speed or Boulder and Why? Boulder. It’s just far better than any of the other disciplines (laughs). It’s so much more fun, more exciting to watch. That’s just my opinion.

What are your most liked and hated healthy foods?

Oh that’s a tough one. I hate celery, that’s just grim. Sweet potato, that’s really good.

If not climbing, what sport would you be doing?

Probably like parkour or BMX. I used to do that sort of stuff, so.

Give us an inspiring quote (either yours or someone else’s).

“If you don’t let go, then you won’t fall off.”

For more information about Nathan, check out his Instagram feed.

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