About me

First and foremost I am a trad climber, or perhaps an adventure climber. I love the challenge of the unknown in climbing and I think for me, that trad climbing satisfies this desire. I’ve spent most of my climber career establishing new routes either in the UK or abroad. Somewhere along the road, I fell into the niche of crack climbing and this is probably where I have had my greatest successes. I’m not sure that it’s because I’m any better than anyone else at this, but more that no one else enjoys the pain!

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20 thoughts on “About me

  1. man i watch the trailer for your guys movie everyday, i don’t have the movie but it motivates me to climb everyday. it would be a great favor to talk to y’all!!

  2. Dear Tom,

    I have seen the Wideboyz movie and it is absolutely awesome and extremely inspiring:-)
    The movie made me wonder a little bit. I live near Adršpach (http://www.adrspach.com/) , a beautiful old school climbing area. There are thousands of sandstone towers here and in the areas nearby and the climbing here is especially known for cracks and of course OFFWIDTHS! Lots of the routes here have been established by hardcore guys in the 6Os and 70s. The climbing is beautiful but also very bold.
    So, I was thinking – if you and Pete are looking for another wide adventure, you could consider coming here. I can guarantee tons of beautiful climbing for you. Maybe you won´t find another 5.14 crack around, but you will definitely enjoy the experience.
    If you are interested, you might wanna check out some nice amateur photos made by the local guys http://www.piskari.cz/top-fotky.php . You can also see a 15 minute video about the area in the movie Sharp End. In this movie, climbing here has been depicted as very dangerous – it sometimes is, but you definitely can handle it:-)
    I can give you more information if you write me at mmachac@mail.muni.cz

    Have fun and enjoy Christmas. Even if you don´t come here, you will still be an inspiration for my offwidth climbing.

    Martin Macháč

  3. Hi Tom,
    I spoke to you briefly at the Kendal Film Festival, regarding my dissertation. I was hoping that you are not too busy during the grit season to be able to spare an hour for an interview and a few questionnaires?

    I also spoke to Pete and he informally agreed, if you could ask him as well I would be very appreciative.

    If you are still interested in participating in the study just reply to this email.

    Many Thanks

    Joe McEvoy

  4. Hi Tom,
    I’m really impressed with your trip to the states and your accomplishments. I was wondering if you would not mind sharing how you constructed the artificial offwidth. Do you have a link to it?

  5. Hi Tom,

    I built a kind of a crack machine for 3 normal sizes (2-4 inch) about 20° overhang (the wood is 4x30cm). I have machined the wood surface in advance (it was not smooth at all) and now I find the crack really slippery (the wood flex is minimal). It is no big problem for my hand jams but my foot jams just don’t hold.

    Did you apply any special layer to increase the friction and if yes how exactly did you do that? I tried lacque and fine glass powder but it went off after some use (just a few climbing meters).

    Thanks for the reply.

    PS: unfortunatelly I read your article just now.

  6. hey tom!
    sorry to write you this way, but it’s the only contact i have found!
    seen your movie at the vanka regule film festival brač, croatia. it soooo inspiring! think it’s a great thing you’ve done! and congratulations on the ascend! movie is also a great piece of work. few months later i’ve seen the trailer where pete talks about conquering the offwidth world, awsome! downloaded the movie, invited some of my friends to see it, they also liked it (but i think i ‘ve enjoyed it much much more!)
    i’m participating in the organization of a climbing festival in paklenica here in croatia on a labour day where some small film festival is also held where the amateur films are projected. i was thinking to share the joy and make little change with showing your movie. how do you feel about that? would it be ok with you?
    festival started as a big wall speed climbing competition 15 years ago (6c+, 180m route which is climbed for 20:43 min for a men team) and is open to everyone. tim emmet, mike weeks, stefan glowacz, dani andrada are just some of the names who competed here. if have no other plans, maybe you could also visit the event? it’s not an offwidth thing, but maybe you would like it!
    ok, here’s the link: http://www.paklenica.hr/Paklenica_en/index_en.html
    thank for your answer!
    vedran vračar
    http://www.vractehnike.hr

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  8. Hello Tom, We met briefly at the Outdoor Show in London in February. We talked about a possibility for you to come and climb in Sintra Portugal where we have excellent trad and sports climbing. If you are still interested in this, let me know and we can arrange a trip for you to climb here! Virpi Oliveira, Active Lisbon Coast

  9. Hi Tom! i´m a big fan of the wide boys :-).
    you guys are great.
    friends of mine are visiting the US and they wanna visit the century crack.
    but it´s difficult to find any description how to find the way to the crack.
    could you post or email me some hints where to find it?
    rgds
    Norbert

  10. Hi Tom – big fan of the Wide Boyz blog! Is there a way I can get in touch to discuss a climbing project I am researching? Can you email me? All the best, E

  11. Hi Tom,
    saw somewhere you are planning a climbing trip to Norway I live in Sogndal and there might be some climbing round here that you would enjoy. Our local cliff is Kvam with some pictures of routes in amoungst the links below. If you plan on passing by and need a place to stay or just want more information just send an email.

    regards

    Simon

    http://www.sogndalklatreklubb.no/04042013/index.php/bilder/item/59-petite-voyage

    http://madskillzmedia.com/

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