Billy Ridal


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Selston, United Kingdom
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Career Highlights: 

  • Two time BUCS National Champion (2016, 2017)
  • 4th place at British Boulder Championships and British Lead Championships 2016
  • 8b Riverbed, Magic Wood, Switzerland
  • 8a+ Voigas, Magic Wood, Switzerland.
  • 8a Careless Torque, Peak District, UK
  • 20 boulders of the 8th grade and above.
  • Sent the big 5 in Fontainebleau.
  • 8b sport outdoors
  • 2016 European Youth Cup finals
  • 2016 Semi-Finals World Youth Championships

Billy started climbing just for fun was he was 9, going out to do grit trad with his dad. When he was 12, he was selected for the GB junior lead team but since has taken to bouldering. Climbing in competitions inside as well as outside from a young age, Billy has a unique approach to climbing as an extremely well-rounded and versatile climber. Billy is the youngest person to climb the classic 8a boulder, Careless Torque, in the Peak District at Stanage Plantation.

'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 is still a 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 unicycling. 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.

‘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.’

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Jen Wood competing at BUCS  © BUCS Sport
Jen Wood competing at BUCS  © BUCS Sport

News British Universities and Colleges Sport Nationals: Results

On Saturday 18th February, the British Universities and Colleges Sport Nationals - or 'BUCS Nationals' - took place at the Climbing Works in Sheffield. The competition attracts the top student boulderers from around the country to...

Billy Ridal in Magic Wood  © Billy Ridal
Billy Ridal in Magic Wood  © Billy Ridal

News Young Brits on Form in Magic Wood

Recently a group of young British climbers descended on Magic Wood. Among them, young talent such as Billy Ridal, Orrin Coley, Molly Thompson-Smith, Alex Waterhouse, Jonny White and Aidan Roberts. Most of them predominantly indoor and competition climbers, the...

Team GB supporting William in the Finals  © Martin Bosi
Team GB supporting William in the Finals  © Martin Bosi

News 2016 GB Climbing Teams Announced

The GB Climbing team management have announced the Climbing Teams in Junior Lead, Boulder and Senior Lead and Boulder that will represent Great Britain for 2016.

Billy on the hard start moves of Careless Torque  © UKC News
Billy on the hard start moves of Careless Torque  © UKC News

News Careless Torque 8A/V11 for 17 year-old Billy Ridal

The headline might look vaguely familiar, as 17 year-old Billy Ridal has climbed Careless Torque 8A/V11 at Stanage in four sessions just one week after Alex Waterhouse made the youngest-ever ascent. Billy is two weeks younger than Alex, and...


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Women's Midweight Down Jackets

Ten women's down jackets from leading brands go head-to-head in this comprehensive group test. What does 'midweight' even mean? And by that definition, which models stand out? All will be revealed...

Approaching Stob Coire nan Lochan just before dawn  © John McKenna
Approaching Stob Coire nan Lochan just before dawn  © John McKenna

Alpkit Prism & Qark Headtorches

John McKenna tests two higher end models from Alpkit's extensive torch range. Which did he prefer for all-round mountain use, the gnarly Prism or the powerful and versatile Qark?

Alpkit gloves thumb  © Dan Bailey
Alpkit gloves thumb  © Dan Bailey

Alpkit's New Glove Range

Decent gloves don't tend to come cheap, but this season Alpkit have pulled off an affordable range that we think compares well with pricier alternatives. Dan Bailey road tests four models.

Rob Greenwood finishing the perfect Fab Arete in the Curbar Field boulders.  © Alan James
Rob Greenwood finishing the perfect Fab Arete in the Curbar Field boulders.  © Alan James

Alpkit Bouldering Mats - Origin, Mujo, and Project

Over the past few years Alpkit have been investing in their UK factory. They've also been working on their...

Alpkit Tyrol thumbnail  © Dan Bailey
Alpkit Tyrol thumbnail  © Dan Bailey

Alpkit Tyrol Pack

We road test this retro-styled day pack made from waxed cotton...

Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear
Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Down Jackets

Whether you're climbing, camping or walking - or even just out in town - a light and packable down jacket is a versatile layer...

tents test montage  © UKC Gear
tents test montage  © UKC Gear

2-Person 3-Season Tents

The balance of space, weather performance and packability makes this a versatile size of tent. We've been using seven different...


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New lightweight tent and bivvy from Alpkit

The Soloist is our first 1 man tent and the Kloke is our lightest ever bivvy bag.

Origin Red - Back  © Alpkit
Origin Red - Back  © Alpkit

New range of UK made Bouldering pads from Alpkit.

We've been making pads in the UK AlpFactory for over 10 years now and have learnt a little on the way. With the new range some of the names may be familiar but we have redesigned all the pads from scratch, using feedback from athletes,...

New season down jackets

For this winter season we've been plumping up and reworking our down range of insulated jacket. Spawning and evolving from our very first offering back in 2005, our iconic Filo. Not much has changed, but a lot has.

Prism Slovenia  © Alpkit
Prism Slovenia  © Alpkit

All new range of head torches from Alpkit

See our new range of 6 headtorches available now so you can make the most of shorter winter days.

New from Alpkit; a range of 5 new backpacks from 10L - 40L

This summer sees the launch of 5 new packs (Artlu 10, Gnarl 15, Presta 20, Ledge 30 and Orion 40)...

3rd Rock Ambassador Jerome Mowat in his organic HOME tee and RAMBLAS  ©  3rd Rock
3rd Rock Ambassador Jerome Mowat in his organic HOME tee and RAMBLAS  ©  3rd Rock

New Eco-Friendly Climbing Clothing for Spring/Summer

3rd Rock Clothing releases new lighter-weight spring and summer organic clothing items for climbing,...

Kantju  © Alpkit
Kantju  © Alpkit

Alpkit Colca and Kantju Gaiters

The Colca are waterproof and breathable high-cut gaiters for keeping out the elements and debris when hiking, trekking, and...