Mike

Date of birth

10th October 1986 

Where are you from?

I'm from Edinburgh up in Scotland, but I was born in America. I've also lived in Gemany and Fontainebleau.

Where do you live now?

I currently live in Edinburgh, but Fontainebleau always feels more like home to me.

How did you get into climbing?

A friend of the family took me trad climbing when I was 11 or 12 and I loved it. Shortly after, I joined a weekend climbing club at my local wall, started doing comps, and have been climbing ever since!

When you're not climbing what are you doing?

When I'm not climbing myself, I'm usually coaching other people. I work with some incredibly talented kids at EICA:Ratho, and it's great to pass on my climbing experience to them. I also do a bit of graphic design work and try to travel as much as I can! 

What's your most memorable climbing experience?

Highball boulders where you feel like you got away with it usually stick in my memory the most! The whole process of working and climbing 'Queen Kong' at Queen's crag was particularly enjoyable.

What do you love about climbing?

I love the challenge and the addiction of climbing. Socially it has a great levelling effect that allows groups of often very different people to share an experience, through working a boulder problem or a route together. 

Who are the people that inspire you?

It sounds super cheesy, but I'm genuinely inspired by seeing the kids I coach challenge themselves and exceed their expectations. Fred Nicole is also a total hero.

What's your favourite Constant Climbing tee?

My favourite is either the Tuskegee Tee or the Bas Cu' Tee. Love the colours and the geometric design, plus, because they're so well made they're super comfy and seem to be outlasting all my other t-shirts!

Do you have a motto?

Any problem in life can be solved by using a toe-hook.

Favourite Film?

Guardians of the Galaxy

Cheese or Cake or Cheesecake?

This very much depends on the situation, but cake would usually be my first choice.