‘You are not alone. Being afraid is normal.’
These are the words of Rocio Siemens. Rocio (pronounced Rotheo) is a 5ft 5 (165cm) tall Spaniard who started climbing at the age of 21. Depending on how stretchy the material is she is a size 10 or 12. Born in 1975, she is 41 years old at the time of writing. She is an International Mountain Guide and an IFMGA member who climbs all sorts of winter and summer routes in the UK and beyond. Her short answers are an incredibly insightful look into the life and experience of this climber. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
‘Climbing for me is like a dance, when I am in the moment I don’t have to think about what I’m doing.’
Ella Williams is an outdoors instructor living in North Wales. At the time of writing, she was 29 years old, born in 1987, having started rock climbing at the age of 26. She is 5ft1 (155cm tall). We met Ella on a climbing weekend in north Wales in 2015, where she showed her love of sharing the outdoors with others. This is a really beautiful piece of writing, enjoy.
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This week it’s Penny Harvey: