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Kev Shields

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A little bit about Kev Shields

Instructor photo

I’m originally from Ayrshire but stay in Fort William now so I can focus totally on my climbing. I feel I’ve pushed certain facets of my climbing as far as I can considering I have only one hand so next for me is to move onto the Greater Ranges and my first trip to the Himalayas is in the pipeline. I work at the Ice Factor as they allow me to work part time and very kindly sponsor me which allows me more time to climb/train and with severe problems after my fall time is at a premium to achieve as many of my ambitions as possible. I also work there as I find the team great to work with.

Disciplines: Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing

First Summer Climb

Onsight solo of an unknown route at Jetty Crag in the North west Highlands shouting down to my Dad for directions, scary.

First Winter Climb

Good Friday Climb, North face of Ben Nevis.

Hardest Route You Have Ever Done

First ascent of Cu Sith in Glen Nevis- E7 6c

First Fall

Glen Nevis trying a new ice route, smashed my ankle to bits and nearly impaled myself on ice axe.

Favourite Piece of Equipment

Prosthetic ice axe as it allows me to climb ice.