(Jacob Rumans) #1 MAYJUN 2020 3


Bringing this issue of Climber together has been logistically challenging
in every respect as we are currently in unprecedented times with the
coronavirus Covid-19 affecting everything we do. The UK has gone into
virtual lock-down (it should have been sooner?) to, fi nally, help stem
the fl ow of this devastating disease. It is without doubt the most
challenging Editorial I’ve written.
In the short to medium term it will affect many businesses with some
possibly closing for good as a result, and that includes many outdoor and
climbing focused businesses. Everything will be caught up in this including
climbing walls, route setters, outdoor retailers – many who are small
without the fi nancial power of bigger retailers, photographers, outdoor
instructors and guides to name a few. Climber magazine will also be
affected with a potential downturn in sales.
So, what can we do now and when we, fi nally, see the light at the end
of the tunnel? I know that fi nances for many people will be tight but please
help support our industry when making a spending choice including, at the
moment, online purchases. It may make a difference to these businesses
surviving in the long term – Climber included. You can help Climber by
taking out a subscription, buying the digital version or even back issues.
You can fi nd details on the Climber website or check out the subscription
ad in this magazine.

Something else that I decided against was fi lling this magazine’s news
pages full of Covid-19 news. With this moving so quickly anything that
was included would be well out of date so for up-to-date news go to the
website. There’s also an abundance of articles, training and skill tips,
videos, interviews, etc on the website with more to follow to keep you
entertained and engaged whilst at home.
Just as Climber went to print news came in that the Olympics will be
postponed for a year and this issue features an interview with Percy Bishton,
the chief setter for the climbing competition there. My dilemma was whether
I should pull this because of the postponement, but Percy is an interesting
chap, it’s not all focused on the Olympics and it’s a good read, so it stays in.
Within the pages there are many destination features and, yes these are
currently off-limits, but they won’t be in the future and they give you something
to look forward to. There’s also a training feature on hangboarding so if
you have, or can source one, following these tips you can at least hit the
crags stronger than ever. Apologies if this Editorial sounded heavy, though
with luck by reading the mag cover to cover it will help lift the spirits.

Until next time follow government advice and above all be safe.



Mark Reeves
Mark is an active climber and author. He is based in North Wales
where he runs a small business coaching climbing through He has a particular passion
for North Wales trad climbing, especially the sea cliffs of Gogarth.

Keith Sharples
Keith is passionate about photography, climbing and the
outdoor adventures which he’s ‘enjoyed’ now for well over
40 years. A long-time resident in Sheffi eld, Keith has climbed
extensively in the Peak and Pennines as well as the rest of
the UK and Europe and beyond. His written and photographic work has
been published extensively in both the specialist and the general press.

Bruce Goodlad
Born on the west of Scotland Bruce cut his teeth on the classic
climbs of Scotland in summer and winter before progressing
to the Alps. He has spent almost 25 seasons climbing and
guiding all over the Alps where he now lives in Saint Gervais
with his wife and son working full-time as a Mountain Guide. Bruce is the
Technical Director of the British Mountain Guides.


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Niall Grimes
Niall is a writer, talker, podcaster and climber born in
Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1968 and resident, since 1991,
in Sheffi eld. He writes articles, tells stories, makes videos
and publishes books mainly around the act and culture of
climbing. He will wise up some day, we hope.
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