A sublimely skilful climber with the vision to match, James has gone from climbing near his family home in the Peak District of England to exploring walls and mountains in exotic locations around the globe everywhere from Tazmania to Thailand. His first venture into rock climbing came at the age of 15 and it was soon clear that he was blessed with a naturally elegant climbing style. However, he also had the dedication and commitment to refine and develop that talent and by the age of 19 he was already one of the UK’s brightest climbing stars. James has been scouring the planet for more demanding challenges ever since.
Birthdate: December 15th, 1985
Hometown: Matlock, Derbyshire, England
Homebase: Connaux, France,
Favourite Book: Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Favourite Music: I listen to a lot of electronic music, but depending on the day, I can also enjoy a bit of cheesy pop, soppy love songs or -God forbid - some R&B.
Favourite Food: Chocolate brownies or lemon curd… but obviously not at the same time! That’s just gross!
How do I focus? Let your body take over and don’t let your mind hold you back.
Best advice ever received: Don’t let go!
What inspires you? People surpassing what they previously thought possible.
Words to live by: “Excess is part of my nature. Dullness is a disease. I really need danger and excitement. I'm never scared of putting myself out on a limb.” (Freddie Mercury)
Favourite fitness exercise: Gymnastics rings.
I don’t leave the house without my … original yellow The North Face Base Camp Duffel. It’s been with me on almost every trip since 2005 and is still going strong.