Ryan Pasquill is about as low-key as they come. Not one for social media or self-promotion, he quietly goes about his business, climbing sport routes up to 9a, boulders up to 8B and trad up to E9, including ground-up and onsight ascents of routes up to E8. He is without doubt one of the UK’s top all-round climbers.
Ryan was introduced to climbing by his dad, Lancashire climbing legend Hank Pasquill.
“Apparently I didn’t take to climbing when I was younger,” says Ryan, “so my dad took me and a mate wrestling (Olympic style). We competed for a few years but gave up when we could no longer bring ourselves to wear a leotard! (age 11).”
Ryan came round to the idea of climbing in 1997, aged 13, while on a wet weekend break to North Wales.
“It was my dad’s old climbing partner Ray Evans’ 50th. They tried to climb Cenotaph Corner in the rain but failed, so we all ended up at the Beacon climbing wall. That’s the day me and my sister started and when dad started again after a 10 year lay off. It wasn’t long before my wrestling mate joined us on our weekly visits to the local climbing walls.”
Ryan climbed his first trad routes in the local quarries and within the first couple of years was onsighting routes up to E5 and had headpointed his first E7, Paul Pritchard’s Perimeter Walk in Wilton 1. He also climbed his first English tech 6C boulder.
“It was my dad’s problem at the local bouldering quarry of Brownstones,” says Ryan. “Hanks Wall, given V7 or font 7A+ in modern grades.”
By 16 he was onsighting E6s, including Desperate Dan (E6 6c, then E7) at Ilkley (“Without pads or spotters for the full tick.”) and headpointed the third accent of Nick Dixon’s Beginners Mind (E7 6c, E8 at the time) and the second accent of Gaz Parry’s S-Groove (E7/E8 6c).
He also competed at indoor competitions, once coming second overall in both the junior lead climbing nationals and the bouldering nationals and enjoying a stint on the junior British team.