Boulders staff

Boulders staff; they’re a great bunch of people and next time you spot one make sure you say hello.  We want to hear about your latest adventures, especially if it involves climbing rocks!

It’s not a cliché to say it, our team is everything.  Without these guys running the show, setting the routes, taking everyone climbing, playing their part and generally being fantastic, Boulders just wouldn’t work.

There’s a huge wealth of climbing experience between them too, take a look at the gallery, it shows our team doing what they do best – climbing! Don’t be afraid to meet our team and quiz our knowledge either, we’re more than happy to help you choose your next climbing trip destination or help fit a brand new pair of climbing boots.

 

Tym: Senior Instructor

Tym is the number one senior instructor, he’s massively suportive of the Youth Academy and passionate about getting youngsters to enjoy their climbing.

Tym has been a keen climber since year 11 at Cardiff High School, where he was taught by the legendary Andy Freem.

Tym is also keen on slacklining and could not live without tea or pizza.

Favourite place to climb

Local climb: Ghengis Khan, Taffs Well. Overseas location: Montserrat, Spain.

Nathan: Senior Instructor

Nathan has climbed in a range locations around the country and also spent some time in Spain. One of his scariest climbing achievements was following Ollie up a route under the Clifton suspension bridge!

Outside of climbing Nathan enjoys hiking, mountain biking and cooking. He is also a bit of an IT geek.

Favourite place to climb

Pembroke, Wintour's Leap & Symonds Yat.

Rich: Senior Instructor

Rich has been climbing since the age of 12, starting out with sketchy adventures in the Avon Gorge. He’s been climbing a lot in the South West knows Pembroke, the Wye Valley, north Devon, Cornwall, Avon and the Cheddar all pretty well.

Rich’s climbing highlights include:

  • 1st peg-free ascent of To Be Is Not To Bolt, Avon Gorge E7 6b.
  • Shadow Walker 8a+ at Cheddar.
  • On-sighting 7c in Gorges du Tarn, France.
  • Brean Topping, 8b in Somerset.

Rich also loves running and enjoys cross-country and road races.

Favourite place to climb

Avon Gorge because it is so unique and Pembroke.

Tom: Climbing Instructor

Tom drinks a LOT of tea and just wants to go climbing all the time. Tom has climbed in Spain, Portugal, France, all over the UK, Turkey (where he was also a professional diving instructor) and New Zealand. The longest he’s had to work a boulder problem before sending it is 3 years! Tom once got interviewed for radio and spent 6-minutes talking about lightbulbs.

Favourite place to climb

Llanberis Pass.

Anna: Climbing Instructor

Anna completed a Diploma in outdoor adventure at Hartpury College, Gloucester, where she became interested in climbing. She has worked as a windsurfing, paddling and kayaking instructor prior to joining Boulders in October 2012.

Anna has her Duke of Edinburgh Gold award and is a keen walker. She has hiked in the Brecon Beacons, Peak District and Exmoor, and has also completed a winter skills expedition in the Cairngorms.

Anna enjoys sailing, skiing and snowboarding.

Favourite place to climb

Ross on Wye and the Forest of Dean.

Joe: Climbing Instructor

Joe’s climbing achievements include competing in various competitions and flashing F7b.

Joe has been to the world Scout jamboree in Sweden and gained his Queen Scout Award where got to meet The Queen at Windsor castle.

Joe’s ambitions include climbing E11, onsite 8a and boulder V12. He would also like to become a PE teacher.

Favourite place to climb

Dinas Rock.

Richard: Climbing Instructor

As well as being a climbing instructor, Richard is a PADI Dive-master. He enjoys CrossFit and travelling, when time allows. He has been lucky enough to travel the world and swim with great white sharks.

Richard is also studying to become a social worker.

Favourite place to climb

Wintour’s Leap.

Andrew: Climbing Instructor

Andrew has been on some awesome climbing adventures to the Alps, Norway and various locations across the UK. His most memorable climbs include the Frendo Spur in the French Alps near Chamonix, and a few British E1s including the Dinas Cromlech classic ‘Cemetary Gates’.

Andrew cycles (road & MTB), keeps chickens and does carpentry work. As well as all this, he is a parent and Scout leader and never wants to work in an office again!

Favourite place to climb

Stanage (when the sun is shining).

Lee: Climbing Instructor

Lee discovered climbing while working in Ireland and bloomin’ loves it!

Apart from climbing Lee plays a lot of video games. He also plays guitar and is trying out a few other instruments like violin and piano.

Lee can’t stand TV. However, he really loves lemon and ginger tea.

Favourite place to climb

Dalkley Quarry, Ireland.

Nigel: Climbing Instructor

Nigel is happier being outdoors than in… it doesn’t matter whether he’s climbing, bouldering, hiking or mountain biking, as long as it’s outside and preferably in the Lake District, or failing that, the Brecon Beacons.

Nig loves getting away on adventures with his family in the VW van, which is unfortunately named ‘Tiddles’… never, ever, let a 5-year-old name your VW van!

Favourite place to climb

Torpantau falls, Brecon Beacons National Park.

G-man: Climbing Instructor

G-man is a Welsh speaker, his real name is Gerwyn!

Suffering from tendonitis, his climbing career is very stop start, but still climbs to a high standard when injury free.

G-man loves most things outdoors. As well as climbing, he also surfs, kayaks, and hikes. He also competes in athletics and rugby.

Favourite place to climb

Gogarth and Taffs Well.

Dan: Climbing Instructor

Dan plays touch rugby for Wales and Rebellion. He also works as a civil engineer.

Pippa: Climbing Instructor

Outside of climbing, Pippa likes to unicycle hockey and is also an illustrator.

Favourite place to climb

Wye Valley.

James: Climbing Instructor

If James isn’t climbing, he’s listening to music, or out on his motorbike.

James recently enjoyed a week climbing in Majorca.

Favourite place to climb

Wintour's Leap.

Ant: Route setter (and occasional climbing instructor!)

As well as being a climbing machine, Ant has been on some crazy mountain bike adventures!

Favourite place to climb

The Maelfa shopping centre, Llanedeyrn!

Daniel: Climbing Instructor

Dan absolutely lives for and loves climbing! It’s what he does, what he’s good at and what he wants to do! Dan has started a professional career in climbing and want to keep this going! He’s currently working towards his MIA and spends every opportunity he can getting closer to achieving this award!

Favourite place to climb

Some of Dan's favourite climbs include: Comes the Dervish, Dog Noble and Clear Water Direct

Will: Climbing Instructor

Will loves travelling around Wales, but in particular North Wales where he’ll take his Rhodesian Ridge back dogs for long walks.  Like most of us he also loves adventures and good food!

One day Will is going to climb El Capitan, Yosemite!

Favourite place to climb

Will's favourite climbs are The Golden Bicep, Hunsham crag and Super Tramp, Tirpentwys

Jim: Climbing Instructor

As well as climbing Jim loves to scuba dive and travel. He’s currently an archaeology student at Cardiff university

Nathan: Climbing Instructor

Nathan is currently studying a BA in Outdoor Education. He lives the outdoors and all outdoor activities, especially climbing and coasteering.

As well as being a climbing instructor he is also a qualified archery instructor and helps out as an Adult instructor in the Army cadet force

Favourite place to climb

Harrisons Rocks, Tundbridge Wells

Richard: Climbing Instructor

When Richard went sailing he immediately became hooked on the outdoors. he now studies outdoor education in Pencoed college and has been on loads of adventures working as a free lance instructor. He hopes to complete his SPA in the very near future!

Favourite place to climb

Hsi favourite route is Fool's Gold on the slate, North Wales

Jason: Climbing Instructor

Jason has been climbing for as long as he can remember. He’s been fortunate to have climbed all over the Britain, Spain, the Austrian and French Alps and the Dolomites in Italy.

Outside of climbing he’s also a very active caver where he instructs caving in the Brecon beacons and is an active member of the South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team

Favourite place to climb

Pocdoi Spitz, Dolomites

Laura: Receptionist

Laura is a university student, training to become a design and technology teacher. When avoiding her uni assignments, Laura enjoys the outdoors, whether that’s learning to sport climb, visiting the beach, or just generally soaking up the sun.

Laura’s ambition is to eventually travel the world and someday teach in a different country.

Favourite place to climb

Symonds Yat.

Abby: Receptionist

Abby’s hobbies include playing tennis in the summer but mostly watching sport! She is a massive fan of Cardiff City football club, Cardiff Blues and Cardiff Devils. She has climbed outdoors once before in Stackpole in Pembrokeshire and would love to go back again.

Bimba: Cafe Manager

Bimba occasionally climbs and has recently learnt to lead (which she finds a bit alarming), but is much better at making coffee and cake.

Outside of Boulders she has two horses and spends as much of her free time with them as possible.

Favourite place to climb

Boulders climbing centre, of course!

Ellie: Cafe Assistant

Ellie has dabbled in some bouldering in the past, but hasn’t done any in a while! Outside of work, Ellie trains to play Roller Derby for the Tiger Bay Brawlers and is also doing a home learning course in animal welfare.

Joby: Shop Manager

Joby works in the Boulders shop and is also involved with many things behind the scenes for the Boulders online shop. Joby’s climbing achievements include fracturing his finger removing a wobbly block, hitting the deck and somehow managing to avoid serious injury. Joby has a degree in graphic communication. He loves mountain biking, slacklining and snowboarding. He recently went on an epic road trip and drove to Austria for the Snowbombing festival.

Favourite place to climb

Snowdonia and the Verdon Gorge in France.

Tracy: Shop Assistant

Tracy has been climbing for 4 years, her recent trips to Font and Chamonx have sparked even more enthusiasm for the sport. Tracy spends a lot of her time teaching and performing gymnastics as well as slack lining, free running and snowboarding. As long as she can escape to the mountains or beach she’s happy!

Favourite place to climb

South East Ridge of L'Index-Chamonix

Ben: Online Guru

Ben looks after a lot of the technical aspects of our website, we like to think of him as our IT guru!

Ben has been to some pretty awesome climbing destinations including France, New Zealand, Thailand, Scotland and Italy.

Ben also likes slacklining, mountain biking and caving.

Favourite place to climb

Pembroke and Mount Arapiles in Australia.

Simon: Head Coach

I have been involved in performance coaching for over eight years running various squads around the region to great success, with British champions and many podium places at national finals. It’s exciting to be part of Boulders, their already very successful Academy, great training facility and have the support of a very motivated team. I hope to build on Boulders success with youth climbing and help guide our young climbers to their next step and beyond.

One of the young climbers I had the privilege of coaching was once faced with a difficult time at a World cup event. Whilst I was looking for words to help ease the tension and motivate, it was her father who strode in with the best line I have heard outside of a Hollywood blockbuster – “if it’s worth winning, it’s worth loosing!” This is a phrase I’ll follow always, thanks Rick!

South Wales, which is a really odd answer, but I love the fact that even after 16 years living here I’m still discovering new places to climb. As a passionate new router this is pretty special.

Tori: Yoga Teacher

Tori first started practising yoga in 1994. Like many students this was initially motivated by wanting to heal a ‘bad back’, plus some curiosity. She loved it! She has been teaching for over 6 years now and loves teaching at Boulders.

Tori is a fully qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher, 500+ hrs with further training in therapeutic application of yoga.

Tori is also a keen singer, motorcyclist and occasional kayaker. Following a gap of around six years, Tori is getting back into climbing again.

Click here to learn more about Tori’s yoga classes at Boulders.

Favourite place to climb

West Wales, Cornwall and west Scotland.

Chloe: Personal Fitness Instructor

Chloe is a woman of many talents. Many of you will know  that she runs a weekly abs and circuit training class at Boulders every Thursday evening, but she is also a professional dancer, choreographer and a qualified Thai yoga massage practitioner.

Chloe has hitch-hiked solo across France and is an ex-Kiwi!

Click here to learn more about Chloe’s fitness classes at Boulders.

Favourite place to climb

Her first outdoor climb in Corsica.

Rebecca: Client Account Manager

Rebecca is responsible for booking school / youth groups and corporate teams to come climbing at Boulders, as well as handling bookings for the Boulders classroom. Rebecca is also always on the lookout for awesome events to take the Boulders mobile climbing wall to. If this wasn’t enough, you may also see her helping out in the Boulders cafe from time-to-time.

Rebecca can make ANYTHING out of cardboard – previous examples include half a car and a jukebox! She has ambitions to travel more, break a world record and to have a drink with Jack Bauer from 24! She also has a Sega Mega Drive.

Ollie: Managing Director

THE OLLIE NOAKES is the Managing Director at Boulders. He’s climbed pretty much everywhere from the Old Man of Hoy on the Orkney Islands to the Canadian Rockies and from Cornwall to Tibet.

Ollie also likes kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, surfing and some day he aspires to climb K2!

Favourite place to climb

Chair Ladder, Cornwall.