Meet Natalie, our 2016 Youth Mountain Culture Ambassador.
Natalie Berry is twenty-three years old and grew up in Glasgow. She started climbing at age eight and was asked to join the British junior climbing team by age eleven. Over the subsequent years she had considerable competition success, winning eight British climbing championship titles and many European youth podium places including a first place at the European Youth Series in Slovenia in 2007. Since then she has proved herself as on of the UK’s best sport climbers with ascents up to 8b and 7c+ onsight.
While studying at undergraduate and postgraduate level, she has taken up many climbing coaching and mentoring roles, at first running regular coaching sessions with the quickdraw climbing club in Edinburgh and later the British youth climbing team. She has now taken up a role managing the British Junior lead climbing team. Through this role she has supported many of the young climbers who are now doing extremely well on the international competition scene. Natalie also has ambassador roles for two charities; Urban Uprising, who raise funds to provide educational programs and adventure excursions for eight to eighteen year olds in deprived areas around the world, and Climbers Against Cancer which raises and donates tens of thousands of pounds to cancer research centres all over the world.
Natalie has also developed a professional interest in climbing media working as an assistant editor at UK Climbing, the biggest climbing website in the world.
Over the past two years Natalie has branched out in her personal climbing into mountain, winter and alpine climbing and made remarkable progress. In October 2015 she made an ascent of Dalriada (E7) on the Cobbler, one of the hardest female trad ascents to date in Scotland. This achievement was certainly an influential one for female climbers across the UK since they appreciated that Natalie had no previous background in traditional climbing in the mountains and because she had the courage to have her uncertain progress tracked for two years by a film team. Transition premièred at Kendal Mountain Festival 2015.
"Natalie represents an exemplar in influencing other young people by showing it is
possible to achieve high levels of personal sporting success at the same time as making many
other types of contribution, through media, charity and club involvement related to her expertise."
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