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Berghaus adds to athlete team

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Berghaus has signed up and coming young British trad climber Anna Taylor to its team of sponsored athletes.

The 21-year-old is from the Lake District and has been climbing since the age of 10. She will represent the brand and help develop and test its next generation of high-performance outdoor clothing and equipment. She is also set to accompany fellow Berghaus athlete Leo Houlding and his team on a major expedition later this year.

Taylor started out as a competition climber, but soon discovered that she preferred being outdoors and was attracted to the mental challenges presented by trad climbing. With this as her core focus, she became Neil Gresham’s training partner in 2016 and has gone on to chalk up an impressive list of routes.

She climbed her first E7 and flashed her first E6 aged 19, and has made the first female ascent of several routes graded from E6 to E8. In May this year, she climbed five E7 routes, including three in a week. Notable climbs include: My Halo (E7 6b) in the Llanberis slate quarries, without the mid-height bolt; Obsession Fatale (E8 6b) at the Roaches; Disorderly Conduct (E8 6c) at Reecastle Crag; and the first ascent of Priceless (E7 6b) at Thrang Crags in Langdale last month.

Last year, she was the focus of Al Lee’s film Just Anna, which featured in the Brit Rock film tour, and she will appear in future Gutsy Girls and Reel Rock film tours. In November, Anna will be the sole female member of a team led by fellow Berghaus athlete Leo Houlding, on a climbing expedition to South America.

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