Meeting Dorset rock climber Will Moy

PUBLISHED: 11:11 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:11 28 February 2017


If squash is a game of physical chess, rock climbing is as close as we come to flying: risk, effort and exhilaration.

Dorset is home to some of the UK’s most stunning, challenging sea climbs. And no one knows that better than climbing instructor Will Moy, who founded Freeborn Climbing – named after Swanage’s world-famous deep water solo route, Freeborn Man – three years ago.

“You don’t need ropes on this climb,” says Will. “If you fall off, you fall into the sea. But – 10 metres above the sea – it’s hard and high enough to be scary.“

Will, 31, has been climbing for 12 years and it’s a fast-growing sport.

“I love the freedom, the mental and physical challenge. You have to focus – you can totally switch off. Adventure and escapism are no longer luxuries. As our lives increasingly revolve around work and day-to-day life, we need them more and more.”

On a rock face, you have autonomy.

“Climbing is dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing but, with experience and knowledge, it becomes safer. That’s where we come in.

“The variables are in your own hands unlike, say, road cycling where you only have a certain amount of control: there is no traffic on the rocks. You can manage the risks and the rewards are huge.”

As Nietzsche said, that which does not kill us makes us stronger.

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