Professional & Competition Rock Climber – British Lead & Speed Climbing Champion, 2018
Thank you to Will for letting us interview him at Oakwook Climbing Centre.
Who you are and what do you do?
I’m Will Bosi, I’m 19 years old. I’m from Edinburgh and I’m a professional rock climber.
What was your first climbing experience?
My first climbing experience, I don’t remember that well. I was 6 years old and my dad took me to my local climbing wall. I absolutely loved it.
How did you know that climbing was your thing?
I don’t know. It was a weird one. I tried lots of other sports, swimming and stuff like that. I did quite a lot of swimming at the time. But going climbing it just felt like escaping from everything, escaping from school work, from work at home, I just felt like I could go and have my own experiences. I don’t know exactly what it was about it, I just loved it and still do.
Where is your favourite outdoor climb?
This is hard as I’ve done a lot of really good climbs. I think probably in Spain. The times I’ve been out in Spain have definitely been the best. I think Siurana is my favourite area and there, of hard routes I’ve done, Ca la Boja’s one of the best.
What has been your proudest climbing moment?
That’s hard. I’ve had a lot of good competition results, but to have one individual one is hard. I think coming 5th in the Chamonix World Cup this year. I think that’s my proudest moment.
What are your ambitions?
Currently my goal and what I’m training towards is making the 2020 Olympics. If I could make an Olympics, like a lot of people, that’d be a lifetime goal. That’s where everything is heading at the moment.
Lead, Speed or Boulder and Why?
I’m primarily a lead climber, but I love speed climbing and bouldering. I train all 3 all year round. I think lead is my favourite but again I can’t pick one over the other as I love all three of them. I think lead is my favourite as it’s what I grew up doing the most, I think.
What are your most liked and hated healthy foods?
I mean it’s sort of hard because obviously all food can have different things in it. Like pomegranate seeds, they are so tasty but I’m not sure if they’ve got a lot of sugar in them. Bananas, I absolutely hate bananas. I can’t eat them. I just about throw up. That’s something I’ve never been able to eat.
If not climbing, what sport would you be doing?
Probably boxing. I do a bit of boxing on the side and I absolutely love it. I’d obviously not be very good in my current shape because I’d be very lightweight, but I’d really enjoy that.
Give us an inspiring quote (either yours or someone else’s).
One which I believe I heard from Adam Ondra was “Freedom starts at the edge of your comfort zone”. I think it’s really important, because basically whatever you’re doing with climbing or your life, push past where you feel safe and feel comfortable, that’s where it starts becoming real and you start living it. That’s my best, cheesy inspirational climbing quote.
Interviewed by Harry