Alan James - Managing Director
Alan climbed his first route in June 1971 when just 7 years old. Subsequent trips in the Peak and North Wales with his father through the 1970s planted the seed but it was only in the early 1980s that this grew into a full obsession. Since then he has climbed all over Europe and the UK and even toyed with Alpine climbing in the late 80s. An impressive debut solo of the Frendo Spur proved to be a false dawn and in 1989 he hung up his crampons after a perilous ascent of the NNE Spur of the Cortes. He then concentrated on high standard trad and sport climbing. A handful of un-noteworthy new routes on Peak Limestone followed before he turned his hand to producing cartoons for OTE. This led him to a meeting with Mick Ryan and his first venture into guidebook work by authoring the Peak Limestone Rockfax of 1992. After Mick Ryan's departure to the States in 1994 Alan took over the fledgling Rockfax company and turned it into the most innovative guidebook company in the UK. The Rockfax web site was set up in 1998 which included a small discussion forum called Rocktalk. Combining this forum with Andy's Hyslop's UKClimbing site led to the UKClimbing.com as it is today.
Jack Geldard - UKC Consultant Editor
Jack started climbing in Yorkshire at the age of 12 - using a Whillans harness and a stolen washing line. As luck would have it, the science teacher at his school was a well known climber (Mick Ryan) and a source of inspiration (exasperation?!) that firmly planted the climbing bug. Since then it has been a whirlwind of mountain-based adventures all over the globe, including first ascents on several of the World's larger rock walls and a few of Wales' smaller outcrops. His real passion is trad climbing, but he has also been known to clip the odd bolt and fall off a few boulder problems. He is a qualified Mountaineering Instructor and resides in Chamonix. He joined UKClimbing.com in 2007.
Björn Pohl - UKC International News Editor
Björn writes about the hardest ascents of routes and boulder problems all over the world, and the people who make it happen. Björn started his climbing news blog called the LowDown in November 2008. In June 2010 he brought his blog to UKClimbing.com under a separate news page called TheLowDown. This ran until September 2012 when the news coverage was combined into a single page. Having discovered climbing through skiing in around 1990, Björn has found himself focusing on increasingly smaller objects. The mountains turned into sport crags, which turned into boulders. If this continues, twenty years from now he'll be into gravel! So far, his favourite area is Chironico in Ticino, where the boulders are steep and the climbing powerful - he claims his poor technique may have something to do with it. Chironico is also where he did his first (and last?) 8A, back in 2005 - so not quite over the hill quite yet. Björn began his "career" as a climbing journalist back in 1998 and has kept writing news and the odd article ever since. He says, "there must be something wrong with me, but so far, no one has been able to find out just what."
Natalie Berry - UKC Editor
Natalie Berry is a Scousewegian (born in Liverpool but brought up in Glasgow) currently living in Edinburgh. She has been climbing since she was 9 years old and is a former member of the GB Climbing Team, having won multiple British titles and achieving podium places in European Youth events. She has also sport climbed up to 8b and has now prgressed to trad climbing.
Natalie graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 with an MA in French and German and is also a climbing coach, instructor and an English language tutor. When she's not at the wall or the crag, Natalie enjoys skiing, baking and planning the next adventure! She joined UKC in October 2014.
Dan Bailey - UKH and Gear Editor
Dan Bailey discovered a love for the hills on family holidays to North Wales, allegedly making it up Cadair Idris at three-and-a-bit (he has to take his parents' word for that), and never really looking back. Day walks expanded into backpacking trips, and a gradual progress through the classic scrambles led inevitably to climbing, for which he has endless enthusiasm but practically no talent. His passion for all things mountainous has led him from the Andes to Africa, the Pyrenees to the North Pennines; a cynic might point out that although he took nothing but photographs, he's sure as hell left a big carbon footprint. But Dan is usually to be found at home in Scotland, enjoying the world class mountains and seascapes on his doorstep. In lieu of a real job Dan produces words and pictures on the great outdoors, particularly hillwalking, scrambling and grand old traditional climbs. He is a regular contributor to print and online media, and the author of several guidebooks including Great Mountain Days in Scotland, Scotland's Mountain Ridges, The Ridges of England, Wales and Ireland and West Highland Way.
Rob Greenwood - Assistant Editor
Rob started work for UKClimbing in January 2014. Over the past 10 years he has been involved in just about every facet of the outdoor trade, from his University days working at Pete's Eats, through to Joe Browns, DMM and latterly the BMC. An active climber, runner and mountaineer, Rob has participated in a wide range of activities all across the world with personal highlights including the 1938 Route on the North Face of the Eiger, The Shield on El Capitan and having climbed over 150 routes at Gogarth.
Nick Brown - Assistant Editor
Nick started working for UKClimbing in December 2014 on a part-time basis. He joined in a more full-time position in November 2015. Nick is an expereinced climber whose main activity is bouldering. Nick started climbing in his home in the southeast but is now a resident of Sheffield.
Paul Phillips - Chief Technical Developer
Paul joined UKClimbing in May 2011 and is responsible for technical development of the UKClimbing and Rockfax websites. After being introduced to climbing by his A-Level physics teacher at the age of 18 (thanks Mr. Coghill!) he's been avid Grit climber and boulderer. When he's not working he'll either be training down the wall, in the Peak, in Fontainebleau or off in search of something else to climb. A holiday isn't a holiday unless there's climbing involved. He looks after the logbook submissions and technical development of the website.
Martin Mckenna - Assistant Technical Developer
Martin joined UKC in March 2015 as Assistant Technical Developer. He was introduced to climbing by his Dad on his 7th birthday with a trip down to the local climbing wall, proceeding to regularly climb indoors and compete in many competitions. At university Martin scraped together a few quid to make frequent trips down to his new local venue, Dumbarton Rock, moving on to excursions up to the hills around Glasgow and slowly moving from walking, to scrambling and eventually to climbing in the Scottish mountains. He says he is most motivated for summer and winter climbing on Scottish mountain crags but enjoys all aspects of climbing. Martin is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde with a degree in Computer Science. Outside of climbing, he enjoys skiing, mountain biking and programming.
Mark Glaister - Photo Editor, UKC
Mark is a climbing writer and photographer who has traveled to crags near and far for 35+ years. Mark started out climbing at school with friends on the sea cliffs and inland crags of Devon. At 18 he packed up his flares and Whillans harness, tide back his long black hair (where did it go!) and headed for the North living between the Peak and Dales before moving on to the Lakes for work where he was based for around 20 years. During the 90's, Mark with his then partner Emma traveled extensively spending 1995 to 2000 in a van in the States, Canada, Europe, OZ and New Zealand. The last decade has been a transient one hopping between the Lakes, North Wales, Devon and Lancs, with trips away mainly on guidebook (Rockfax) work or for articles to places such as Sardinia, Finale, Ceuse, El Chorro, Lofoten, Mallorca and Turkey.
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