Climbing on the Underside of a Bridge in Edinburgh
Graffiti tags on a nearby concrete wall, green-brown water flowing from the center of the capital, and Robbie Phillips is hanging like a spider on the bridge’s underside. This is the regular view for his friend and cameraman Culann O Brien.
Robbie had to remove layers of garbage and polystyrene to clear the crack to jam up in the cavity above him. During the “preparation,” he mentions that this bridge is the best thing he’s ever found.
Robbie Phillips — Future Plans & How He Got Started
Since there are not many long cracks in the UK and Scotland, Robbie is fortunate to have found the bridge as he needs the practice to prepare for his future goals. These include Magic Mushrooms on El Capitan in Yosemite, California, and Eternal Flame on Trango Tower, Pakistan. Robbie has dreamed about both for decades, and he’s closer to them than ever.
Growing up, Robbie dabbled in rugby and played video games. However, he didn’t find anything he was psyched about until he found climbing. At the age of 15, he started competing indoors, and by 18, he picked up his first sponsor, Edelrid, who makes ropes, harnesses, and helmets.
Robbie Phillips even dropped out of university as the new sport became so encompassing in his life. He was not only training hard but also coaching the next generation of Scotland’s top climbers.
Not long ago, he picked up other sponsors (SCARPA and Patagonia), but this is not the only way he finances his trips. Apart from coaching, Robbie works as a lecturer, writer, and a YouTube vlogger.
Robbie Phillips says that he would rather have his mates than professional climbers next to him on a climbing trip. On his YouTube channel with Culann, they tell their own stories, making them fun and watchable.