Trev Massiah has decades of climbing and instructing experience, working and climbing around the world. During his climbing career, which spans over three decades, Trev has guided and coached tens of thousands of climbers around the UK and abroad. Likewise, his list of first ascents and new routes—up to 8a sport and E6 trad—is exceptional and spans the globe from the UK to Thailand, China, India and Australia.
Trev started his career in the outdoor industry over three decades ago when, as a 17 years old, he was introduced to climbing through an outdoor centre in Pembrokeshire as part of a six-month work experience placement:
“My first climb was a HVS 5a, Dreamboat Annie, at Porthclais, wearing a fetching pair of white basketball boots. I remember being lowered into the tidal sea cliff in the pouring rain, waves were crashing in, all I was thinking at the time was “this is a bit grim, need to get the hell out of here!” So I did. The guys were surprised I got up it so easily. I didn’t think I had any other options.”
Trev says that he is still “very proud of surviving my first few VDiffs and Severes” and admits that he made all the typical mistakes that teenagers make when starting out on trad:
“I remember looking down to my belayer on several routes only to see that all my runners had fallen out, soloing to the top rather than wasting time placing rubbish gear!”