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INTERVIEW Nathan Lee

Author: BOREAL UK
BOREAL UK: How old are you?


Nathan:
I'm 22 years old.


BOREAL UK: 
Where do you live?

Nathan: Sheffield.


BOREAL UK: 
What’s your background?

Nathan: I was born on the South West coast of Ireland then moved to the Peak District when I was 4.


BOREAL UK: 
What’s your job?

Nathan: None! I'm currently a spongy student!


BOREAL UK: 
What does that involve / any interesting stories?

Nathan: Reading lots of big books and sitting at a computer lots. Not very interesting...


BOREAL UK: 
How & why did you start climbing?

Nathan: My Dad is a lifer. He's been at it for 30+ years. I started climbing on holiday in the Lake District when I was 16. It was an Indian summer, no rain for three weeks; I'd be pretty happy to experience the Lakes like that ever again. Following this, being back in the Peak with the rest of summer to kill I started wandering around the Peak sampling the various bouldering areas and quickly became hooked.

I guess it’s the convenience and freedom that drew me in. Playing sports like Football and Cricket means your only proper activity comes once a week, if that. You can climb as often or as little as you want and it can be as meaningful or as meaningless as you want it to be.


BOREAL UK: 
What type of climbing do you enjoy most?

Nathan: Trad, but maybe sport. No definitely trad, hmmm.


BOREAL UK: 
Where is your favourite place to climb, and why?

Nathan: From the past, grit. Its where I started and its where most of my favourite memories from climbing are routed. For the future, new places, mountains and sea cliffs.


BOREAL UK: 
What is your favourite route & why?

Nathan: Woah. I hope I've not done it yet!

It's hard to pick just one route; they're always over to quickly. Best times have been in Wales last summer and the grit in the final few months of 2013.


BOREAL UK: 
Who (if anyone) do you admire in climbing / who has inspired you?

Nathan: It's hard to get psyched by things you don't see so probably just all the people I get out with now. "You can't let your friends burn you off, it's just not on."


BOREAL UK: 
Favourite shoe?

Nathan: At the moment, the Dharmas, just look at them!

I may get scolded for putting this on a Boreal interview but years ago when I first started climbing stuff I thought was hard for me I had a pair of red shoes, not sure what brand they were. They were brilliant.


BOREAL UK: 
What is the future of climbing?

Nathan: Harder and Harder and more mind melting things.


BOREAL UK: 
What climbing related plans do you have?

Nathan: Well, I'm off to Ireland with a few people in June/July for some trad exploration. After that hopefully just hang around in the UK and keep ticking away at the never ending list. Maybe go back to Catalunya next winter, but that’s too far away to worry about at the moment. 

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