• Robbie Phillips

Robbie Phillips

Rock Climbing Ambassador

Hometown

Edinburgh

Resides

In his van

Climbing came naturally for this high-energy Scot who discovered his true love of the sport at age 16 in Kalymnos on his first climbing trip. While lowering from the chains of a 70-meter tufa wall that was glowing orange, red and pink in the light of the setting sun, he wondered, “Could life get any better than this?” Since then, he’s been traveling the world taking on obstacles and walking a path less trodden. He’s competed internationally for his country, climbed some of the world’s most iconic rock climbs and claimed first ascents across the globe.

His desire to climb has never waned, but it does take different directions from time to time. Sometimes he wants to push it on a big wall, other times he wants to boulder and sometimes he wants to spend weeks in the gym training. He just loves every aspect of climbing, a fact that helps him to improve every day. “My deep desire to be better and improve has always kept me on my toes,” he says. “I’m kind of obsessed by it. It’s what’s got me to where I am now and I know it’s what’s going to keep allowing me to continue to get better.”
Career Highlights
  • Ascent of Bellavista (8b+), Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Italy
  • Ascent of Project Fear (8c), Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Italy
  • Ascent of Silbergeier (8b+), Ratikon, Switzerland
  • Ascent of Paciencia (8a), Eiger Nordwand, Switzerland
  • Ascent of El Niño (8a+), El Capitan, Yosemite
  • Ascent of Goldengate (8a), El Capitan, Yosemite
  • Ascent of Pre Muir (8a+), El Capitan, Yosemite
  • Putting up a free-climbing project in Patagonia’s Cochamo: “It’s the biggest project I’ve ever had to date and will take everything I have to complete it!”