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Outdoor City People: Rachel Carr – Climber & Coach

“I try to get out to the Peaks whenever I can and have climbed so many incredible blocks around that area.”


I began climbing 13 years ago when a friend of my mums took me as a kid, and I instantly fell in love with it.

I started out as a gymnast, so I found I was quite talented from an early stage; climbing was a much more fun way to use my strength, flexibility and to challenge myself.

I started in competition climbing after becoming British champ, a year after attending my first internationals. I focused on competing until ageing out of junior at 19 years old, and that’s when I started to discover outdoor climbing.

Rachel Carr

“Climbing was a much more fun way to use my strength, flexibility and to challenge myself.”

After becoming quickly hooked, I found myself travelling the world just to climb. At the age of 21, I moved to Sheffield for work and for the climbing and fell further in love.

I’d competed for GB as a junior and a lot of our training was based in Sheffield, so I got a real sense of the climbing scene through those and also attending competitions here. Now, I try to get out to the Peaks whenever I can and have climbed so many incredible blocks around that area.

The things I like most about living here are the people, the access to the outdoors and just how easy it is to get around. My main focus now is trying to raise awareness, understanding and visibility for other female climbers so more can discover and enjoy it as much as I have.

@rachelkarma

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