Billy Ridal

Hometown: Selston
Resides: Sheffield, UK
Years Climbing: 13

'Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.'
 - Bruce Lee


Career Highlights: 

  • • 4th place at the European Championships,  Zakopane (2019)
  • • Semi finals at the World Championships, Innsbruck (2018)
  • • 16th at the World Cup, Munich (2019)
  • • Two time BUCS National Champion (2016, 2017)
  • • f8B in 3 continents
  • • f8A Karma, Fontainebleau, France
  • • f8A Careless Torque, Peak District, UK

Billy is a regular member of team GB and competes in the bouldering IFSC World Cup as well as being proficient in a variety of circus skills including a 4 ball juggle, slack-lining and uni-cycling but unfortunately, he claims, not all at the same time…For this year, Billy’s goals include consolidating bouldering 8b and getting his Dad to the top of The Old Man of Hoy.

'Careless Torque had always been one of those climbs you look at in awe, but never actually consider trying. It’s just so big and intimidating...When I first tried it I thought it was beyond me. It was the first problem I put time into, so it opened my eyes to what I could do. It’s perhaps the most iconic boulder in Britain which made it feel very special to stand on top of. It felt like a real milestone in my climbing, my first 8th grade boulder and without doubt still the best one.’

Billy recently graduated a degree in Mechanical Engineering in Sheffield and has stayed local to continue to be fully immersed in the climbing scene and for the proximity to Gods own stone; the Grit. He now works as a professional route setter whilst pursuing his dreams competing for the GB climbing team. Billy has spent a lot of time training boulder as well as lead and speed, managing to run a speedy 7.5 second time! Recent trips to Colorado & Tokyo have given Billy a great experience of new cultures and an introduction to more of the awesome global climbing community.

Climbing is so many different things to me. It is a sport that I push myself to excel in, it’s a big part of my social life, it’s the medium that I use to express myself, and it’s the reason I travel to incredible places. Since finishing my degree I have dedicated myself more fully to training, to push the boundaries of my climbing and be the best that I can be. Right now that is in the competition arena, but I have big goals beyond that for the future.'

Follow Billy:
Instagram @billyridal
On Vimeo.