MIKE SURTEES


Mike started climbing with his Dad at around age 12, making regular trips from Norwich to the Peak ‘no ess’ District, cutting his teeth on the gritstone crags of Stanage. During his childhood he had enjoyed camping and walking trips to North Wales, The Peak, and The Lakes, and this progression into climbing brought new excitement and challenges to being in the hills and mountains.

‘I’m not a boulderer, I’m a mountaineer. I love spending all day (or more!) on a route, in the cold, brewing up as the sun goes down and waking up to the most amazing vistas.”

Mike’s climbing trips to far away lands include Cordillera Blanca (Peru), Ama Dablam (Nepal), and winter trips to the High Atlas (Morocco) along his now annual summer trips to Alps and of course the Highball Scottish Winter trip.. He’s also been sport climbing in Bulgaria and Thailand

Mike holds the Climbing Wall Award, Foundation Coach Award, has attended the BMC Fundamnentals 1, 2 and 3, and the Training for Climbing Workshops. He is working towards his Development Coach and wants to achieve gain his Rock Climbing Instructor in the next 12 months.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF….:
Aspirant Alpinist trying hard to balance the roles of Husband, Father, Climbing Wall Owner, and of course, a Climber…

TALK TO ME ABOUT:
Scottish Winter and Alpine Climbing; Trips to the greater ranges and ‘the joys’ of climbing at altitude; Progressive House & Techno; Moto GP; Ducati’s; LFC…..and the future of Highball!

FAVOURITE CRAG?:
Ben Nevis North Face – in Winter

FAVOURITE ROUTE?:
It’s hard to pick individual climbs, but two that stand out would be The Orion Face and The Frendo Spur. My favourite climbing ‘experiences’ would be my trips to Nepal and Nepal Cordillera Blanca.

WHAT’S ON YOUR WISHLIST?:
Lots. Heres a few:
A return to Ama Dablam and South America,
The Cuillin Ridge (Summer and Winter),
Point Five Gully,
The Rebuffet Route (S. Face Aguille du Midi),
Deliverance,
A Dream of White Horses,
Ushba (Georgia),
and of course, Patagonia….

FAVOURITE GEAR?:
Mountain Equipment Tupilak Rucksack
Rab Vapour Rise Alpine Jacket
DMM Apex Ice Axes
Patagonia R1 Hoody
Prana Mojo Shorts
Scarpa Vapour V
Scarpa Mont Blanc GTX

2018 GOALS:
Top Gun in a NuKids Comp,
The Cuillin Ridge,
Enjoy a couple of Gritstone climbing weekends before Christmas….
Trad in The Lakes,
Navigation Course,
A cheeky early season Scottish foray….. maybe…

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