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Simon Powell
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Luke Grinham

I have been climbing as an adult since 2010, but did attend a climbing club as a child as well. I love all aspects of climbing, but particularly enjoy long multi pitch mountain days.

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Sophie Taylor
In 2020 I decided to pick up climbing properly and having moved to Southampton in August I joined SCC. Within a month I had been taken on my first outdoor day and went on a lead belaying course! I’ve been climbing multiple times a week since then and at meets all around the country. We are a friendly bunch so come and say hello!
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Ruth Holland

I started climbing as a teenager but dropped it once I started work, in hindsight, a big mistake. I restarted climbing again in 2019, initially, indoor bouldering. Roped climbing soon followed in 2021, both indoor and outdoor, which is when I decided to join SCC and meet like minded climbers, and I have never regretted it. My favourite style is definitely trad. I love the challenge and technical aspect of placing good gear and anchor building.

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Jo Payne
Meet Secretary
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Sanja Barkovic
Training Secretary

I started climbing in 2011, first by bouldering indoors and then moving to outdoor sport, bouldering and finally trad. Trad quickly became my favourite as every climb takes you to a new adventure on rock, particularly on multi-pitch routes. I had brilliant support from the SCC learning the ropes and wouldn’t have had the confidence to do half the things I do now without them.

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Lucy Grinham
Social Secretary

I began climbing in 2014, with my whole climbing life being with SCC. During this time I have been able to experience all aspects of climbing from bouldering to winter mountaineering and everything in between. I am happiest when pushing myself on hard sport routes in the sunshine.

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Matt Batchelor
Gear Secretary

I’ve been climbing since 2015, and although the intervening years haven’t done much for my grade, climbing has taken me to fantastic places all over the UK, and occasionally further afield. I’m at my happiest when I’ve just found a great gear placement

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Tim Cottee
Byte Wrangler and Bot Herder

My earliest climbing experience was apparently at the age of three somewhere in the Gower, I probably haven’t improved much since then but have managed to drag myself up a few routes across this country and others in all seasons (sometimes all in the same day).