Obsessed with hard movement and highly motivated to reach his potential, Rhys Langlands is a young Scottish climber who lives and breathes climbing. Nurturing a passion for powerful bouldering, but with a capacity for hard sport climbs that many dream of, Rhys is certainly one to watch in the coming years.
Hailing from a climbing family, Rhys could be found swinging around on a rope and charging around the mats at the local Inverness climbing wall from just three years old. With an elder sister who climbed—and later two younger brothers—this became a standard childhood activity and at age nine Rhys competed in his first Youth Climbing Series competition. Over the next few years, frequent competitions and an introduction to real rock led to achievements inside and out, including sport climbs up to 7b+, boulders in the seventh-grade and competitions podium.
Rhys’ first jaw-dropping milestone, which landed him the front pages of UKC news, was his 2015 ascent of The Force (8b) at Brin Rock, south of Inverness, which he managed between regular competition commitments. In total, it took 14-year-old Rhys only five sessions to reach the chains of the notoriously steep and burly route, having had to rework his beta during his second session after a hold broke. Prior to this, his hardest sport route had been The Fear (7b+) at Moy Rock.