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Name: David Mason – MOON Ambassador
Interview: Moon Climbing / January 2015
Ben MOON sent the worlds first ever 9a and you are now part of the MOON team, how will you contribute to the legacy of the MOON brand?
- I probably won’t! I flashed Gaia E8 6c does that help?
Aspirations and ambitions are key drivers for all top climbers. But how do you deal with defeat?
- Not very well!
“Train Hard – Climb Harder” is a MOON motto. Share one of your secrets with us.
- Change it up! The body adapts quickly and so increasing intensity or trying out new ideas will often lead to improvement.
What will you change in your training regime for 2015 to improve your climbing standard?
- I have started the year with a ‘back to basics’ philosophy. This includes campussing, fingerboarding, general conditioning and getting out on the rock as much as I can.
We all say we climb for fun but be brutally honest what is really driving you?
- Money! Only joking, it may be clichéd but the challenge, the experience, the travel, the people; too many things to list. I also love hanging from small pieces of wood and trying hard.
If you have to put a number to your ambitions for 2015 what would that be and are you raising the bar enough to be uncomfortable?
- Climbing hard is obviously very rewarding but I am not that driven by a specific number but more by certain climbs. These climbs are often hard but not necessarily earth shattering. I would love to do King of Limbs in Rocklands this year. I tried it last year and got close but didn’t hear the fat lady singing! I am going back to Rocklands for two weeks this summer with just one goal. If I achieved this then it would be a successful year!
What is important? To achieve a new grade this year or send a long standing project?
- They tend to go hand in hand as long-term projects often take us into a new grade range. However, climbing long-term projects, whatever the grade, is always very fulfilling.
Progressing in climbing is impossible with out some sacrifice’s, what is going to have to take a back seat in 2015 in order for you to make that goal happen?
- Work! Well hopefully work anyway and maybe the odd wedding!
What will you do in 2015 to help inspire those who follow MOON?
- Not a clue! I get some nice feedback about the videos I make, so I guess I will continue to make those.
We all follow climbing gossip and news. What inspired you in 2014 and what pissed you off in 2014?
- Seeing how hard Megos trains and how hard he climbs with the worst skin imaginable is pretty inspiring. I also think anyone who manages to hold down a full-time job or raise a family and still find time to climb is doing pretty well! I don’t tend to get pissed off with the media; it is what it is.
Ok its time to have an opinion. Is it ok to improve the style of a climb and shop off bolts on a route with out asking the FA for permission (given you sent it on natural gear)?
- It may be time but I am a boulderer and so I don’t have one! (We will tip off the FCO that you have significant diplomatic skills Ed)
Tell us what you think will be your most ambitious and inspiring projects for 2015?
- Answered above.
Tell us what is the most hyped route or boulder you ever climbed that was actually just hyped and not at all that good or as hard as perceived?
- I don’t tend to actually climb something that I don’t enjoy climbing on. I might give it a few goes but once I stop enjoying it I tend to stop.
Suggest a few routes or problems you think any climber with some self-respect should have on their bucket list?
- It depends on their ability. I would say to be confident and competent on all rock types and terrain is important. I have always wanted to be able go to world-class areas and climb to the fullest of my ability on the classics, whatever the grade. Each to their own though, if you like big numbers then go after them!
- Ben has supported me from a time when I wasn’t good enough to warrant getting it and that’s pretty kind. It’s also good to be a part of a small UK company and help with promotion in whatever way I can. Not bad history either, Ben who?