Adam Godwin – Weekend Warrior
Pictures on location as supplied by Adam
I have been fortunate to work with some really interesting people throughout my career in the outdoors. Many have great stories to tell about their adventures. I will be interviewing some of these people in the coming weeks to find out what motivates them to get outdoors and to draw inspiration from their stories.
Adam originally completed a degree in computer science but left that behind to take up a career in the outdoors. He spent several years as an outdoor instructor at The Outward Bound Trust but has since gone back to computing and now works in a college teaching students how to code amongst other things.
To call Adam a weekend warrior would probably be doing him a disservice. He has climbed extensively in Scotland and The Lakes and has also plied his trade around the world including The Alps, Poland, Canada and New Zealand.
I caught up with him on a wet and windy Glasgow weekend to discuss what inspires and motivates him to get outside and in particular his love for winter climbing…
Who inspired you to start a career in the outdoors?
One of the major influences was my brother after his outdoor residentials to the Bendrigg Trust had such a deep impact on him.
Why do you climb/venture outdoors?
I personally feel more of a draw to the adventure, journeying and seeing inspiring places, than the grade chasing and viewing it to as a competitive sport. Saying that, I do enjoy training to move quicker over more moderate terrain, so I can challenge myself and experience the longer alpine routes.
Who are your outdoor heroes/role models?
I actually view my group of friends and the everyday challenges they over come as role models who inspire me.
How do you balance your climbing with your job?
Trying to balance everything in my life is very important to me. I complimented my work as an outdoor instructor by developing various bits of software on the side. I found that day-to-day flow of extravert/introvert and active/inactive worked in harmony for me. However, despite living in the Lakes and having like minded people around, I found the balance wasn’t quite there when it came to feeling motivated to get out in the mountains on my days off.
What tips would you give someone just starting out climbing?
There are old climbers and bold climbers, but not many old and bold climbers!
What do you class yourself as? ie, climber, alpinist, mountaineer
I’m going to say an Alpinist as it sounds cooler! Although the grim reality of alpine climbing is often as far from cool as you can get…
Where is your favourite outdoor/wild place?
One of my best experiences wasn’t climbing, but trekking around Nepal with my fiancee and one of my closest friends.
What is your favourite/most treasured piece of kit?
Jedynkas! They’re a beak shaped piton that have been a secret of the Polish for many decades and they seem to just save the day in the bleakest of winter climbing situations. I can highly recommend the Moses Tomahawk #2, if you don’t fancy home welding your own and christening it the “Widow Maker” like a friend of ours over there!
(I’d never heard of them either! Andy Kirkpatrick talks a bit more about these bits of metal here)
What is your definition of adventure?
Probably getting within 200m of the summit of Les Drus in Chamonix and succumbing to heat stroke, then spending the next thirteen hours rigging terrifying abseils and intricately finding a route under menacing seracs. Having finally reached the easy path back down to the hut, I only lost it in the dark and became crag fast on a mini slab. Much to the amusement of my friend who strolled on by below and laughed as I was forced to abseil the three metres down to him!
What trips have you got planned for the future?
In just over three weeks I’m off to the Peruvian Andes to climb in the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash. Just don’t mention Touching the Void!
I would like to thank Adam for his time and for sharing his thoughts and feelings on the outdoors. I would like to invite him back after his trip to Peru to share his adventures.
If you have any comments or know someone inspirational in the outdoors please let me know below.