Billy Ridal


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Selston, United Kingdom
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Career Highlights: 

  • Two time BUCS National Champion (2016, 2017)
  • 4th place at British Boulder Championships and British Lead Championships 2016
  • 8b Riverbed, Magic Wood, Switzerland
  • 8a+ Voigas, Magic Wood, Switzerland.
  • 8a Careless Torque, Peak District, UK
  • 20 boulders of the 8th grade and above.
  • Sent the big 5 in Fontainebleau.
  • 8b sport outdoors
  • 2016 European Youth Cup finals
  • 2016 Semi-Finals World Youth Championships

Billy started climbing just for fun was he was 9, going out to do grit trad with his dad. When he was 12, he was selected for the GB junior lead team but since has taken to bouldering. Climbing in competitions inside as well as outside from a young age, Billy has a unique approach to climbing as an extremely well-rounded and versatile climber. Billy is the youngest person to climb the classic 8a boulder, Careless Torque, in the Peak District at Stanage Plantation.

'Careless Torque had always been one of those climbs you look at in awe, but never actually consider trying. It’s just so big and intimidating...When I first tried it I thought it was beyond me. It was the first problem I put time into, so it opened my eyes to what I could do. It’s perhaps the most iconic boulder in Britain which made it feel very special to stand on top of. It felt like a real milestone in my climbing, my first 8th grade boulder and without doubt still the best one.’

Billy is still a member of team GB and competes in the bouldering IFSC World Cup as well as being proficient in a variety of circus skills including a 4 ball juggle, slack-lining and unicycling. But unfortunately, he claims, not all at the same time…For this year, Billy’s goals include consolidating bouldering 8b and getting his dad to the top of The Old Man of Hoy.

‘Climbing is so many different things to me. It is a sport that I push myself to excel in, it’s a big part of my social life, it’s the medium that I use to express myself, and it’s the reason I travel to incredible places.’

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