Name: Tom Randall
Born: February 1980
Years Climbing: 20
Currently Living: Sheffield
Local Climbing Spot: The Gritstone
Tom is a keen trad climber and has established many first ascents all over the world, mostly involving some kind of crack climbing. In 2011 he teamed up with Pete Whittaker to take on the world's hardest offwidth crack Century Crack, which is documented in the film "Wide Boyz" from Hotaches. His current project is to make the first ascent of “The Crucifix” in the USA.
Why / How Did You Start Climbing: It started climbing at school in an informal bouldering competition. I did a bit better than expected, so I thought I might continue! I loved the adventure and the challenge of trying to “win” against the rock... although that became “problem solving” rock!
Favorite Climbing Destination: Utah, USA
Memorable Climbing Achievement(s): Making the first ascent of Century Crack
In 3 Words What Describes Climbing To You: Challenging, adventurous, unique
How Do You Train: A mix of things, but mainly I try to train specifically for whatever project is coming next. There is no point in working on my power if I'm going to be ledge shuffling ground up trad for the next few weeks.
You Whip, You Slip, You Blow The Move... What Motivates You To Try Again: It’s just a problem to solve...
What Do You Do When You're Not Climbing: Bit of work, bit of reading and spending time with my family