Angela Soper is a stalwart of the climbing community. She was President of the Pinnacle Club when I was only three years old (1981) and she has inspired a whole generation of UK women climbers through her mixture of consistent climbing spanning a period of 50 years and her work acting as a centre point and bringing women together to climb harder.
Angela still climbs. Regularly. At the age of 50 she won her first climbing competition. It’s a salutary lesson to those of us aged under 40 who sometimes feel there’s no chance of winning a competition. Now at the age of 74 Angela remains a tenacious climber. At the Women’s Climbing Symposium 2013 she gave a talk about the history of women’s climbing, an underexposed subject in the history of climbing.
We’re hoping to meet Angela for an interview in the future, but in the meantime, the BMC has an interesting thirty-page e-magazine, written by Katherine Schirrmacher, on the subject of inspirational British women climbers. Angela features alongside Leah Crane, Lou Wilkinson, Sionghan Coughlan and more. Enjoy.