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robbiephillips_

Robbie Phillips ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Scottish Climber ๐ŸŽ™ Public Speaker โœ๐Ÿป Adventure Writer • "Pure, unadulterated Climbing... No Bullshit!" • Current Location: ๐Ÿ“Rocklands ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Robbie Phillips
I’ve always had style... ๐Ÿ˜Ž #baller
13 128 18 hours ago

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Today for the first time in weeks here in rocklands i got a bit scared whilst climbing ๐Ÿ˜… firstly on the classic “tomorrow i’ll be gone” (7c) - which is kind of a bit highball - and then later on again at the top of the classic “cedar spine” (7c). arguably i wasn’t that scared on “tomorrow i’ll be gone”, just a little aware of my position, but as i looked down from the last crimp on “cedar spine”, eadan_cunningham actually remarked at the fact that he could see the terror in my eyes ๐Ÿ‘€ as internally i weighed up the distance from the ground and my desire to send โš–๏ธ
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i managed to make a decision rapidly and went for it on both climbs coming away with a successful ascent on both and in between a flash โšก๏ธ of “last day in paradise” (also 7c but probably more like 7b?)
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what i feel comfortable doing in climbing is in a constant state of flux and it has a lot to do with what i am doing a lot of at the time ๐Ÿง—‍โ™‚๏ธ when i was back in the uk ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง i was doing a lot of highball stuff and was feeling confident doing that and some free solo too. but out here in south africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ i’m a bit out of touch with the feeling of being high and so felt the tingles of nervousness at being higher than a few metres from the ground ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
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in a weeks time i’ll be heading out to madagascar ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌ which will be mostly big wall climbing โ›ฐ and again i’ll be forced to get used to a different kind of fear altogether... exposure! the nice thing about big walls though is that no matter how big the fall is, i won’t be hitting the ground ๐Ÿ˜‚ the same can’t be said for highballing!
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๐Ÿ“ท by @eadan_cunningham of me climbing the classic (kinda highball) “tomorrow i’ll be gone”
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2 484 3 days ago

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Robbie Phillips
“as i climbed i learned the art of big-wall soloing, and wondered why school wasn’t more like this, and how great it would be to have a master’s in big walling.” - andy kirkpatrick from his book “psychovertical”

after months of waiting, @psychovertical has finally released his latest book ๐Ÿ“– “higher education”, a compendium of big walling knowledge ๐Ÿง  for sure this book is the answer to andy’s quote above, here is your masters in big walling ๐ŸŽ“

literally a week and half before i go to madagascar ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌ this book couldn’t have arrived at a better time. it’s always good to read up on skills, hear different ideas and try and make big walling easier, faster, safer, more efficient and generally... funner ๐Ÿคช

thanks @psychovertical for sending this to me in south africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

๐Ÿ“ธ taken by ian parnell of andy looking like he knows what he’s doing somewhere terrifying (inside the book)
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8 334 1 weeks ago

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1:58:07 โฐ this is the time it took @tommycaldwell and @alexhonnold to climb “the nose” on el capitan ๐Ÿž what an outstanding achievement for them ๐Ÿคฉ

edelrid, one of my main sponsors is running a fun campaign to celebrate ๐ŸŽ‰ this amazing achievement! they want to ask the public what they can manage in that time ๐Ÿ™‚

all you need to do is:
๐Ÿ”ธ post a picture of what you can do in 1hour 58minutes and 7seconds
๐Ÿ”ธit can be anything!!!
๐Ÿ”ธtag @team_edelrid and a short description of what it is you can do
๐Ÿ”ธthe best post will win a rope ๐Ÿง—‍โ™‚๏ธ

as for me... what can i do in that time? well i can drink a lot of tea โ˜•๏ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ˜‚ but also if you guys remember, me and @calumcunningham3 climbed the 5 towers of the tre cime di lavaredo in 15 hours last summer โ˜€๏ธ so it took us 2 hours to climb the mega “cassin” route on cima ovest!!! so although i can’t say we did it in 1:58:07 ๐Ÿ˜… i can say we climbed most of the wall in that time ๐Ÿ˜‚ i know... it’s kind of cheating, but it’s still a lot of climbing guys โ›ฐ๐Ÿง—‍โ™‚๏ธ

so that’s it - i’d love to see all your posts, so feel free to tag me in them too ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ˜œ
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1 250 2 weeks ago

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I’m currently in south africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ on a bouldering trip and despite having a great time out here, my head is becoming less and less focussed on these tiny bits of rock ๐Ÿ˜… there’s no doubt about it, i’m not a boulderer... i’m a route climber at heart ๐Ÿ’” and my soul craves for adventure ๐ŸŒ„

this evening i had an invite to go to namibia ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ on a multipitch adventure, something i didn’t think i could pass up... but looks like i’ll have to as it’s just too close to our departure date from south africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ however not to worry, the next adventure is just around the corner... madagascar!!! ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌ

this next step of my journey with @calumcunningham3 and @eadan_cunningham is what i’ve really been looking forward to ๐Ÿ˜Œ whilst me and calum attempt to open a new hard free climb on one of the massive granite towers of the tsaranoro, eadan will be adventuring amongst the enormous granite boulders that litter the floor, exploring for new king lines and developing the area.

as much as rocklands has been a great trip for me, it isn’t really an adventure... it’s more like a holiday ๐Ÿ– i’m looking forward to being out of my comfort zone again, feeling the exposure and the uncertainty that comes with first ascent big wall climbing, and finally giving my bloody knees a break from all these freaking heel hooks!!! madagascar is all crimpy face climbing... fingers crossed for zero heelhooks!

๐Ÿ“ธ by @nadirkhanphotography of me doing what i do best... adventure!!!
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14 847 2 weeks ago

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Do you have this technique in your new c***k book ๐Ÿ“– @petewhittaker01 ???

1) hip and shoulder squeeze (picture) ๐Ÿ“ธ
2) chicken wing gutty scuttling (video) ๐ŸŽฅ

potential fa in rocklands ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ “lady hips”
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4 573 2 weeks ago

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This video is part 2 to the last video post ๐ŸŽฅ so if you haven’t watched the previous, go back, watch it, then return to this one ๐Ÿ˜‰

as i said before, i’m a very emotive climber ๐Ÿง—‍โ™‚๏ธi put my heart ๐Ÿ’“ and soul ๐Ÿ‘ป into my climbing which like anything has its consequences. i set myself up for either big failure or big success ๐Ÿ† but for me there’s no other way to do it. i am not content to simply play at climbing... it’s all or nothing! ๐Ÿคจ

in the first hour on “royksopp” i was confident i’d send it soon... i was falling on the last move every time ๐Ÿ˜‚ it was laughable, i just kept dropping it and no matter what i tried, nothing seemed to work ๐Ÿ˜ฐ as the day went on, i’d had maybe as many as 10 goes of which i failed at the final move, this was getting a bit infuriating ๐Ÿคฌ but also i was still really enjoying the process - it was the best climbing i’d done so far in rocklands ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

the sun set ๐ŸŒ… and with it the wind came ๐ŸŒฌ and the conditions were primo!!! i fell again at the end, but it felt so easy that time, i just couldn’t get the bloody foot to stay on - 5 times i tried, lifting my whole body up each time, my shoulders slowly buckling under the strain... ๐Ÿคฌ i was having a bit of a moment when ๐Ÿ’ก it wasn’t my idea, i was in tunnel vision ๐Ÿš‡ one of the guys suggested instead of keeping my feet on, i should just campus down onto the last handhold... i don’t usually campus anything, i find it too hard with my feet off, but it was worth a shot! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

“royksopp” is definitely the best boulder i’ve done in rocklands โœ… i was elated to send because although in retrospect it wasn’t that hard, and maybe after a rest day it would have felt easy, my perseverance to keep trying it and to try new things lead me to success eventually ๐Ÿ˜Œ and sometimes you’re just bloody psyched that you managed to send! ๐Ÿ˜
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4 184 2 weeks ago

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Warning โš ๏ธ bad language - loud noises - may cause seizures โ˜ ๏ธ

i’ve always had a bit of an... explosive personality when it comes to climbing ๐Ÿ˜‚ what’s funny is that it’s like a burst๐Ÿ’ฅ of emotions and then... chill โ›„๏ธ as though nothing had happened ๐Ÿ™‚ maybe it’s because i invest so much energy and emotion into my climbing? i always give ๐Ÿ’ฏ%

“royksopp” is a pretty powerful boulder problem ๐Ÿ’ช and although some may disagree with me, i don’t think i’m that powerful ๐Ÿ˜… so it required me to think a lot about how i could get away with as little power as possible ๐Ÿค“ i tried many different methods and fell many times at the very last move!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ but it was such a good problem i didn’t really mind ๐Ÿคช

i think it’s important to acknowledge the struggles in life, which climbing is great at teaching ๐Ÿ˜Œ if every picture and video i put up on instagram was of me succeeding ๐Ÿฅ‡then it wouldn’t be a very accurate representation of what actually goes on ๐Ÿ˜œ this compilation is proof that in order to succeed at anything, a lot of failing has to come first!
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15 541 2 weeks ago

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I had to share this article from @theprojectmagazine [link in bio] as it highlights once again what i have seen here in south africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

an insightful read and highlights one issue at least with our own community, that we seem to partly ignore what’s going on around us and choose only to show what we want or want others to see...

“at a fundamental level, we must shift our perspective away from a view of rocklands as a pristine playground, ready for our enjoyment, and towards a perspective that acknowledges that all is not well in paradise.” ironically and on purpose i might add, i have posted this alongside rocklands most photographed climbs, “the rhino” ๐Ÿฆ
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7 522 3 weeks ago

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Double crag day ๐Ÿง—‍โ™‚๏ธ after 4 days of incessant raining โ˜”๏ธ which has no doubt been good for the south african ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ drought ๐Ÿšฐ (but very bad for climbing), we are finally back climbing again ๐Ÿคฃ and to celebrate we hit up the classic “the hatchling” in the morning followed by the kliphuis campground sector in the afternoon ๐ŸŒ…

after having heard a lot already about “the hatchling” i was eager to give it a go ๐Ÿคจ a flash attempt was certainly on the cards, but after chatting to the guys about the beta, it would seem there was a lot of different methods available ๐Ÿค” i went for the most straightforward and direct method and subsequently fell on one of the upper moves (i can’t remember which one) ๐Ÿ˜… after a few more goes i knew the beta well, climbed efficiently and managed to latch the big jug at the end โœ…

in the afternoon i gave another classic 8a “teatime with elmarie” a go โ˜•๏ธ this one suited me to a tea... ๐Ÿ˜œ hahaha get it?!? tea!!!! i went for a flash again but my right knee was sore on one of the heel moves so dropped off. after a few more goes and sussing the beta better i managed to send my 2nd 8a of the day ๐Ÿ˜‚ i wish bouldering days were as successful back home ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง #makebritainsoft .
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4 427 3 weeks ago

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My mum and dad sent me this picture the other day of the young (16 year old) me standing beside “daniboy” 8a on kalymnos ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท i started climbing at 15 (maybe the tail end of 14?) but i was obsessed from the get go! ๐Ÿคฉ my mum and dad being the awesome, loving and supportive parents that they are asked me “where would you like to go on holiday?” ๐Ÿ™‚ they’re not climbers by the way ๐Ÿ˜Œ back then i took it for granted, but these days i realise how privileged i was...

i’ve been thinking a lot lately about privilege, mainly because the last couple of years i’ve travelled to some further away places where poverty exists in extremity as well as plain sight ๐Ÿš see my post before about the slums here in south africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ privilege for a westerner in many ways feels like an oxymoron. of course some of us are born into more wealth than others, but seeing the life that some are born into, it really makes you think about privilege and the reality that anyone whose reading this post on their smart phone ๐Ÿ“ฒ is probably born into privilege.

i might not have a lot of money ๐Ÿ’ฐ but i chose a life where i can make it when i’m at home ๐Ÿ  then leave, spending it all by travelling โœˆ๏ธ doing what i love ๐Ÿง—‍โ™‚๏ธ hanging of rocks. and if that isn’t privilege then i don’t know what is? ๐Ÿค” must be a sight for the locals here to see hundreds of westerners ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ driving about in their fancy cars everyday ๐Ÿš— coming from all across the globe ๐ŸŒ just to swing about on rocks ๐Ÿง—‍โ™‚๏ธ not many of them will ever leave this country, it’s too expensive. and most of us climbers consider ourselves to be poor.. dirtbags... ๐Ÿคฏ that’s nothing. we’re bloody privileged and should thank our lucky stars ๐ŸŒŸ that we’ve had the opportunity to travel and climb and go home again after we’ve seen a new part of the world ๐ŸŒ let’s just try not to forget how the other half live, try and appreciate what we’ve got, and maybe try and do something about it...
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46 918 3 weeks ago

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Kids are the future ๐Ÿค– today i got to hang out with one of the coolest ๐Ÿ˜Ž kids ever; 13 year old jeandre from rocklands ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ that’s right! he lives here ๐Ÿค™ his house is just over the road from one of the best climbing spots in rocklands, his backyard is practically a destination in its own right ๐Ÿ˜‚ what a lucky guy ๐Ÿ€

i took him out for a climbing session on the boulders near his home ๐Ÿ  in a fairly informal coaching session - basically just climbing about, spotting and giving advice ๐Ÿ™‚ at 13 years young this kid crusher is going for it on f8a (v11), and not the easy ones either!!! pictured is him going for the long reach on “teatime with elmarie” 8a+ (v12) and earlier in the session he was checking the moves on a 4-move v11 that i’m pretty sure would stop ๐Ÿ›‘ the majority of adult v11 climbers in their tracks ๐Ÿ˜ณ

what i saw today that was truly special about jeandre was his confidence and carefree nature ๐Ÿ˜Œ he had no ego and no worries. he wanted to try a desperate looking 8a, and i was like “sure dude, go for it!” - even when he was making no progress, the same burning passion blazed ๐Ÿ”ฅ in his eyes - he cared not that it felt hard or unattainable, he didn’t see it that way, it was merely climbing โ˜บ๏ธ

if you’re out and about in rocklands and happen to spot jeandre, give him a hi5 โœ‹ he exudes the spirit of climbing โœŠ๐Ÿ˜Œ
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