Lee started climbing nearly 20 years ago with his uncle. His uncle was a climbing guide and was very much into the traditional style of climbing. Lee embraced this at the time and didn’t look too favourably towards sport climbing until he later realised how much fun it was.
For Lee, sport climbing felt like an extension of the gymnastics he’d done for several years prior to climbing. The athletic, technical and psychological aspects really appealed.
Lee began slowly working his way through a lot of the classic hard routes in Australia and also began putting up his own. Slowly, the trad climbing that he was introduced to became intriguing once again and the idea of combining the strength and athleticism of sport climbing with this adventurous side of climbing lead me to travelling to some bigger places like Yosemite and Patagonia.
These days he enjoys a mix of climbing, usually sport climbing and putting up new routes near my home in the Blue Mountains and then travelling further afield a few times a year for other adventures.
1st April 1982
Blackheath, Blue Mountains
What music you listen to?
Three things you always pack?
Lunch, snacks and afternoon tea
The Real Thing
Being sneaky on my feet.
Proudest Sporting Moment?
Making a free ascent of El Nino on El Cap in Yosemite
Most Humbling Moment?
Dealing with injury as a youngster
Favourite TNF Product?
Verto Micro Hoodie
Causes you are passionate about?
Most things humanitarian!
Favourite destination for your sport?
Favourite piece of history in your sport?
Hermann Buhl’s first ascent of Nanga Parbat which he did solo, without supplemental oxygen and with a standing bivi close to the summit in 1953!
Who inspires you most?
Anyone trying hard and giving something a go for no other reason than to have fun.
- First ascent ‘Sneaky Old Fox’, 34 at Diamond Falls
- ‘El Nino’, 30/5.13c, El Cap, Yosemite
- ‘Riders on the Storm’, 27/7c, Torres del Paine, Patagonia
- ‘Free Reign’ 28, Mt Buffalo
- Too many other fun first ascents in the Blue Mountains and around Australia!