Boulder Hut co-founder, Sam Oxford, has been climbing for the past 10 years. She started putting plans in place to open Boulder Hut when she was being made redundant in 2012. Having had Jack in 2015 she realised the huge gap in the market for a climbing wall which caters for everyone from birth.
Catching up with Team GB athlete Jen Wood
Team GB athlete, Jen Wood, regularly pops in for a climb at Boulder Hut. Over the Christmas holidays, Sam caught up with her to find out more. . .
How long have you been climbing for?
I’ve been climbing for about 12 years.
What made you start climbing?
I had my birthday party at a local wall and then started getting involved and joined the kids’ clubs.
What’s your favourite thing about climbing?
I like the fact it’s always different, each session is different, and you can constantly change your goals. I also like the fact that it’s really sociable.
Where’s your favourite climbing destination?
Kalymnos – it’s lovely and sunny.
What are your main goals for 2019?
My main goals for 2019 are to make the Boulder World Cup Semi-Final and become a better combined athlete, getting sub 11 in speed.
Out of the three Olympic disciplines, speed, sport and bouldering, which is your favourite?
Bouldering is my favourite although I enjoy them all.
We’ve seen you climb fairly regularly here, what’s your favourite thing about Boulder Hut?
I like the space and how open it is and also the selection of holds. It’s really important, especially in competition climbing, to practice using the different style of holds.