Hometown: Glan Conwy, North Wales (Childhood in Norwich, Norfolk)
Resides: Carbondale, Colorado
‘I once had a garden filled with flowers that grew only on dark thoughts, but they need constant attention & one day I decided I had better things to do.’ - Brian Andreas
A picturesque beginning to climbing, Harriet started her decade of pursuit on the Idwal Slabs as a young girl. Coming from a family of purists, Harriet’s climbing was restricted to heavy hexes and steel biners more than triple her age until her move to North Wales.
‘Climbing isn’t just a physical activity, it’s mental too: problem solving, calculating risk, remembering sequences, overcoming fear. It can, at times, demand so much from you that it is completely consuming, and that provides a welcome relief from my otherwise incessant thinking...’
Taken aback by Snowdonia, her love for climbing was even more obvious and since she’s gone on to send 8a+ onsight E5 and re-establish an 8a+ ‘Control’ in Colorado. Despite a serious climbing accident in 2015 decking out in Pembroke, Harriet continues to push her limits in climbing.
‘I love climbing with ropes: trad, sport, multi-pitch, single-pitch. I love a good bit of sport because I love being able to climb at my absolute limit and not be scared.’
On the side, Harriet also dabbles in needle felting and textile art, has a PhD in Climate Geochemistry and moonlights as a freelance science editor as well as working for Big Stone Publishing.
‘Climbing also comes with a whole culture, a community of likeminded people who appreciate their bodies, their minds and the outdoors….which makes it so much more than just a sport...’