Alistair Earley - Junior Lead and Boulder

What sparked your interest in climbing and how long have you been climbing?

I’ve been climbing for almost 10 years now, but I’ve only properly dedicated myself to climbing and competing for the past 2 years or so. I started out climbing at the local PCYC, where Mum signed me up for one of their kid’s classes. Unfortunately she forgot until my first week that I was scared of heights. Luckily I took to climbing like nothing else, and it’s been a major part of my life ever since.  


Your home gym is?

My home gym is Urban Climb in Brisbane


What are you proud of achieving so far and what are your goals?

 I’ve been really happy with how I’ve climbed in the past few years, particularly making the Open podium at lead nationals last year and qualifying for the Australian Youth Team for the past three years.

Saying that though, I’m still nowhere near satisfied with my performance. I’m yet to take a national title, so that’s definitely at the top of the list. I’m also really excited to try and put in a strong performance in China this year; it would be great to make semis at my last World Youth Champs. I struggle to look further into the future with so much on this year, but I know the Open Circuit definitely features in there somewhere.


Do you have any idols?

 I find the most inspiring climbers to be the great comp climbers; the masochists of the climbing world. Climbers like Patxi Usobiaga, Jakob Schubert, Adam Ondra and all the other greats who destroy themselves, day after day, month after month, in their quest to become World Champion.


Do you have any sponsors?

 Pinnacle Sports are a Brisbane based climbing store, and they have been really supportive of me for the last few years. I know it’s cliché but I really wouldn’t have had the same opportunities were it not for their ongoing support.


Do you have a fun fact about yourself......

I absolutely LOVE peanut butter, especially on slices of apple or pieces of raisin toast… or just straight out the jar.

The night before comps I actually get super organised, to the point that I’ll even have my socks folded. I don’t do this any other time, but I can’t sleep before a comp unless everything for the next day is laid out and organised. It’s just one of those things I guess.

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