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Kieran is the Duty Manager at Surrey Summit. He has masses of enthusiasm for climbing and is also a Brown Belt in Japanese Jiu Jitsu. Kieran studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Surrey, where he was Boulder Captain of the Mountaineering Society and a Sensei for the Surrey Jitsu Club. Kieran has continued his Sensei responsibilities and teaches Jitsu classes on Monday and Thursday evenings at Surrey Sports Park.
What’s your favourite thing about climbing?
I love the combination of mental and physical challenges it presents. When you walk up to a hard climb, read it from the ground and then send it, you feel like you've overcome two challenges in one and it feels fantastic.
What should members come to you for?
I really like digging down into the minutiae of technique, with a focus on the bio-mechanics of how it all works. If you need help squeezing that extra bit out of your heel hook or you don't know why your foot keeps slipping, I'm your man.
Who’s your biggest climbing inspiration?
Matthew Phillips. Two time paraclimbing World Champion. I'm still trying to convince him to hire me as his personal coach.
Matt is one of the Squad Coaches, Route-Setters and Duty Officers at Surrey Summit. Matt is also a professional British Paraclimber. He is a member of the Great Britain Paraclimbing Team and is a two times World Champion. Matt started out as a national swimmer for Guildford City, then joined the Surrey Summit Youth Squad in 2014. Matt’s sponsors include Epic TV, DMM and Scarpa.
How did you start climbing?
I started climbing after a long time competing in swimming. I was getting bored of the sport and was looking for something new and so I decided to attend a climbing competition in London. I managed to come second so thought I might be rather good at this and continued it from there.
What’s your favourite climbing memory?
A multi pitch gone wrong in America. The climbing went well the rappell of the top less, so ropes got caught free climbing had to be done. A bit of fear set in and overall an amazing experience.
Jasper is one of the Squad Coaches, Route-Setters and Duty Officers at Surrey Summit. Outside of climbing Jasper loves mountain biking, kayaking, surfing, and caving. He is the person to come to if you have any questions about equipment and his favourite sessions to run are Adult Beginner Courses. Jasper has climbed all over the world, but Monaco is his favourite destination.
What is your proudest climbing achievement?
My proudest achievement was climbing a 7a in Font… by accident! We thought it was a hard 6b+ but it turns out that we were just reading the guidebook wrong.
Who is your biggest Climbing Inspiration?
What are the hardest grades you have climbed?
7c bouldering and lead (outdoors).
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