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I have been climbing regularly since 2007 where I picked it up as the sport for my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. In 2012 I had the privilege of being President of the University of Portsmouth Mountaineering and Climbing Club and soon after graduating I gained the Single Pitch Award.
I’ve since become Manager of Surrey Summit and gained the Climbing Wall Leading Award, climbed 7a Sport (7b+ Indoors), V7 Boulder and E2 Trad. Future goals are to nurture Surrey Summit to continued success, climb 8a before I’m 30, and be in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics at which Sport Climbing will make its debut!
I'm Abi, I recently joined Surrey Summit from the huge Calshot Activity Centre. I have a wealth of experience in both indoor and outdoor climbing, so feel free to ask me for any advice! Having climbed as far afield as the boulder paradise of Hampi in India I am is determined to climb every waking hour.
When I'm not working you can often find me on the limestone cliffs of Portland and Swanage.
Always happy to discuss projects and difficulties, Abi can offer up great advice on how to improve and overcome everything Summit has to offer!
My name is Thomas Biffin, I have been teaching climbing for 7 years now and have been an outdoor sports coach for 11 years. My first job was as a kayaking instructor and I have taught this on canals, lakes, rivers and on the sea. I then went on to teach sailing at Hawley Lake for a few years.
I did a climbing course at Plas y Brenin in North Wales as I had always been interested in climbing but only ever climbed indoors with the scouts. This really sparked my enthusiasm for the sport and drove me to pursue a career in climbing.
After that I moved to the Lake District where I discovered my love for rock climbing. After spending a summer there climbing everyday it was sunny and kayaking everyday it was raining (which was a lot!) I gained my SPA climbing qualification and started teaching climbing full time.
I then moved to the forest of dean and lived in the Wye valley for two years, climbing regularly and getting lots of experience teaching people to kayak down white water rivers and climb up cliffs.
I then decided I wanted to focus more on coaching so I decided to get a job at Surrey Summit where I could teach children and adults regularly, see them progress and get better and better.
I have climbed in Yorkshire, Lancashire, the Lake District, Scotland, North Wales, Devon, Tunbridge Wells, The Alps and the Verdon gorge.