Neil Gresham


Neil Gresham is one of the world’s best-known all round climbers, who has performed at a high level in every discipline from Deep Water Soloing to sport, ice and traditional for over two decades. In the UK he made the third ascent of Indian Face (E9 6c) in 1995 and the second ascent of Equilibrium (E10 7a) in 2001, both which were widely regarded as the hardest of their genre in the world at the time.

His Pembroke Deep Water Solo, Olympiad 8b is the toughest in Britain and remains unrepeated. As well as pioneering first ascents internationally he has also put up new sport routes on some of the UK’s premiere limestone crags, such as Sabotage 8c+ at Malham Cove in 2016. Neil has also been at the forefront of the development of coaching and writes training articles for Climb and Rock & Ice magazine.

Neil’s Osprey

Variant 37

The Variant 37 has accompanied me on all my toughest climbs in recent years. This is the ultimate year-round climbing pack, which knows no limits regardless of the season or situation. It is supremely intuitive to use and in winter, the buckles are a breeze with gloves and I’m constantly using the external gear attachment systems, especially the Compression Shield front pocket for stashing crampons, snow shoes or a shovel. For spring-summer mountain cragging or sport climbing, the telescopic lid and rope carrying system enables you to load your ropes up securely, whilst the side compression facilities keep it streamline on those rare days when it’s under-filled. But above all else, this pack seems to dissolve onto your back as you load it up and the deluxe comfort really comes into it’s own at the end of those long days.


Career Highlights

  • Indian Face E9 6c, N.Wales, UK (3rd ascent) 1995
  • Meshuga E9 6c, Peak District, UK (2nd ascent) 1999
  • Equilibrium, E10 7a, Peak District UK (2nd ascent) 2001
  • Boiling Point E8 6b, Itatiaia, Brazil (1st ascent) 2001
  • Rise and Shine WI 7, Kandersteg, Switzerland 2002
  • Mr Freeze WI6, Iceland (1st ascent) 2008
  • Olympiad 8b, Pembroke, UK’S hardest DWS (1st ascent) 2012
  • Spitfire WI 6, Lyngen Alpes, Norway (1st ascent) 2014
  • Freakshow 8c, Kilnsey, UK (1st ascent) 2015
  • Sabotage 8c+, Malham, UK (1st ascent) 2016

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