Career Highlights

Being able to travel the world climbing and meet amazing people in every destination. I am also incredibly lucky to be able to do first ascents almost every time I head out climbing in the Grampians.


  • Climbing

    When and how did you get into climbing? What keeps you interested? What fascinates you?

    I started climbing at school with a friend when I was 12 and have been doing it ever since. I just love being outside and being able to climb in new places on different rock all the time. I am most interested in putting up new boulders in the Grampians

    Who were your childhood heroes?

    Ben Moon, Jerry Moffatt, Wolfgang Gullich

    Do you consider yourself a role model now? Does it influence you at all that other people look up to you?

    I definitely don't think of myself as a role model, mostly because I don't even consider myself a proper grown up... I'm  really just someone who loves climbing and have been lucky to do all the cool stuff that I have. I occasionally have people recognise me and come and ask me questions about areas etc, but I don't think people look up to me, especially since I'm shorter than most of them.

    What have been the most important milestones in your life so far, both in climbing and in everyday life? And did you recognize them immediately as such or only later on?

    Wow, a pretty far reaching question. Definitely burning my friends off for the first time makes me most smug! Especially Julian Saunders, though that was so long ago, I can barely remember...

    In climbing, I always wanted to climb Ammagamma in the Grampians. I achieved that dream in 2010, but really I'm most proud of the First Ascents that I have done and the amazing friends that I have made along the way. Outside of climbing, I am self employed and in business with my brother. We own a couple of restaurants and I am so happy that we are able to work together. We are so different, but somehow that works. It has been an amazing experience and we have been very lucky, especially since no one else would ever hire me now, I am almost unemployable!! With climbing I feel that I get to recognise my achievements immediately, but also it is only upon reflection that you understand the full scope of what you have been able to do.

    What were your greatest failures / setbacks / injuries? How did you cope with them and how did you come back from them?

    This will be a long list. My other main sport is Jiu Jitsu, so injuries are a constant, especially as you get older. I have had knee, shoulder and elbow surgery. I have detached a ligament in my finger as well. So, I have had a lot of injuries over the years. I seem to be able to stay rather positive and just work back to climbing as best I can as quick as I can. Most importantly, you must keep active. There is always something that you can do, whether it's riding a bike or stretching and strengthening unaffected areas.

    What is your favourite climbing-related story / experience?

    I think my favourite experience is any day where I get to climb with a big group of friends, particularly on new problems. This has happened a lot over the last 15 years and makes me very happy. Of course there are other highlights, climbing projects that I have tried for ages, or surviving hard solos or highballs, but the fun and comradeship of bouldering together is the best.

  • Training

    Do you have a strict training schedule for when and how you train throughout the year?

    I try to train a little bit almost every day. I don't have massive sessions, but am rather measured in how I train. When I am not training specifically for climbing I do cardio and kettle bell work as well as jiu jitsu.


    What advice can you give to others looking to improve their training routine?

    Sadly, this is one of those things where you have to try to find out what works best for you as you progress. Some people are more injury prone than others and cannot handle heavy sessions, others thrive off it. I have tried many different training platforms, but have worked out that it is a mix that works best for me. 

  • Psychology

    Can anyone train to be able to do a one-armed pull-up or reach the summit of the Eiger/Matterhorn? Or do you have to be born for it?

    I think there is a bit of both here. I think most people can do a lot of the things that they set their minds to, especially if it involves mind over matter type discussions. People can teach themselves to endure an amazing amount of suffering, but not everyone has the physical ability to climb V15 etc. I think a one arm pull up is achievable for most, as is climbing summits, but maybe not everyone...

    How important is it to set goals in professional sports? What are your goals? What targets are you working towards for your climbing and in life?

     It's super important to set yourself goals. Whether they are written down or not, it is crucial that people have things to work towards. I have a series of different goals, from short term, to season long and then some lifetime ambitions. I would love to climb Groove Train on Taipan wall and also get to Ninja Skills and give that a proper try, but we shall see.

  • Future of climbing

    Is there anything you would like to change about current developments in climbing?

    I wish that there was more education for the new wave of people coming from the gyms and making the transition to outdoors. As much as I sound like a grumpy old man when I say it, the level of care shown for the beautiful areas that we get to enjoy is pretty poor. Rubbish, tickmarks, erosion, these are all issues that need to be addressed. Part of it is up to the older generation (me), but the gyms need to be proactive in this regard as well. These areas are for everyone, but they need to be looked after by all as well.