Paul Cornforth

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I have been climbing for 31 years and in that time climbed extensively in the UK and abroad. I have done several new routes in the Lakes and in Yorkshire including several on Chapel Head Scar. Actually most of the great routes there!
I have been building Climbing Walls since 1994, originally with EP then went on to form my own company-KING KONG CLIMBING WALLS in 1998. We have built literally 100's of walls now all around the UK and Ireland and we are a member of CWMA. (Climbing Wall Manufatureres Association).
I set up King Kong

The Lakes

Best Climbing Experience
Too many to mention. But I can remember feeling quite proud and elated after the first ascent of Burnt at the Stake on Reecastle. Torture Board was a good one as well. Oh then there was Zoolook at Malham that was good. I like being in the mountains best though where there isn't too many people-preferably none. well.

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Interests Outside Climbing
Fell Running is my current passion. What I love about it is that I can get my running gear on in about 5 minutes and 30 minutes later I can be on the top of some mountain. Usually I have the mountains to myself and see no-one because of the time of day I go out. I dont have much time these days with the buisnesses and four kids so if I get out onto the hills for an hour or so every day I am happy and can concentrate on my work a lot better. Fell racing is an absolute buzz and is very much like climbing. You have to get yourself really psyched up if you want to do well then you go out and suffer and compete to the best of your ability whilst always asking yourself-Why am I doing this. Then afterwards you feel great and can't wait for the next race. I have been running since 2004 and this year has been my best year to date. I finished 2nd in the V45 cat in the English Championships, 12th in The British V40 Cat and I actually , unbelievably won a race outright this year - The Dockray Hartside Race. I've also done the Bob Graham round of 42 peaks and 70 miles in 18 hours 29 minutes. That was another good day!

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Anything Else We Should Know
I have been climbing since 1977 which to some people might seem like a long time ago and to others maybe not too long ago. The Giant Tortoise for example is the longest living mammal at around 177 years and this would only represent a fifth of it's life. Of course you dont see many Giant Tortoises climbing much these days and when you do they move very slowly, much like some of my old climbing partners. I laugh about this now but probably this statement will come back to haunt me and the analogy with the giant tortoise will be more obvious, especially when the wrinkled skin around my neck starts to wobble when I move.

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