20 Questions: Gareth Parry

Article by Adrian Berry
Wednesday 29th December 2004

Gareth Parry has got involved in most forms of rock-climbing, and always at the highest level. He has excelled at sport, trad, big wall, and has always been a fixture on the competition circuit where he is currently most actively involved on the bouldering competition circuit, with some very impressive results. Gareth is a full-time climber, and along with long-time climbing partner Ian Vickers started the bouldering wall, BoulderUK.

  1. What’s the best thing that happened to you in the last twelve months?
    Third place at World Cup in Birmingham
  2. What was you nickname at school?
    Fat Lad
  3. Where do you currently live?
  4. If you could have a second home anywhere in the world, where would it be?
    Southern France
  5. Do you believe in life after death?
  6. If you hadn’t discovered climbing – what would you be doing with your life?
    Playing Rugby
  7. What would make you stop climbing?
  8. What is the world’s biggest problem?
  9. What’s climbing’s biggest problem?
    In the UK a lack of quality new lines
  10. What is your biggest problem?
    Being Selfish
  11. Describe your perfect day?
    Wake up in another country onsight something hard, eat a nice dinner, drink some wine, all the time being with some friends.
  12. What aspect of climbing do you find the most interesting?
    On sighting
  13. What single thing is the greatest obstacle between you and your climbing?
    My body's limitations
  14. What are you most hopeless at?
    Training on my own
  15. If you have/had children, do/would you encourage them to take the same risks in life that you did?
  16. If you were washed up on a desert island, and there was a crag on it – what crag would you like it to be?
  17. If there were 25 hours in the day, what would you do with the extra one?
  18. Who in your life has most inspired you?
    Ian Vickers
  19. If climbing became more mainstream – would it be improved or harmed?
  20. If you could be any animal other than a human, what would you be?
    A collie dog
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