Our Ambassadors

Our ambassadors are a group of professional climbers who kindly help Urban Uprising in many ways with their time and effort.

Urban Uprising are extremely grateful for everything our ambassadors provide, it makes a real difference to the children and young people we help by having your support.

Dave MacLeod

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Dave is a professional all-round climber based in the highlands of Scotland.  He has been climbing for most of his life and has climbed 8C boulders, 9a sport climbs, E11 trad, XII,12 mixed and 8b+ free solo.  Best known for his first ascents of routes such as Rhapsody, the world’s first E11 trad route, Anubis VII,12 one of the world’s hardest mixed climbs and Echo Wall on Ben Nevis.  He is also known for his writing on training and improvement in climbing. 

“One of the great problems with helping young people to help themselves is that they are often undervalued. So why would they value themselves? They are seen by so many others in society as a problem. Actually they are an opportunity. When someone takes time to show them something good, it will have a positive effect on almost all. For a subset, it will change everything. That is worth supporting.”

www.davemacleod.com 

Hazel Findlay

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Climbing has completely shaped me as a person from when I was very small, and I doubt I would be half as resilient as I am now, if not for climbing.

I was lucky as my Dad climbed and took me climbing but I know that most young people do not have this luxury. Urban Uprising does a great job of facilitating access to climbing and many of the benefits that come with it and I want to support that. 


www.hazel-findlay.com

Niall McNair

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One of our very first Ambassadors for Urban Uprising,  Niall has a huge wealth of experience from climbing throughout the UK and Europe over 25 years, and is well known for adventurous rock climbing in Scotland.

Niall kickstarted the successful series of "Club Uprisings" fundraisers and has spoken at various events on behalf of Urban Uprising: 

"Being involved with Urban Uprising is a way of giving back to the climbing community. I can personally vouch for the positive and  transformative power of climbing in developing life skills and this opportunity should be available to all."

Robbie Phillips

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Climbing changed my life... From being wildly energetic, totally unfocussed and struggling to socialise as a youth, climbing challenged me, gave me direction, and a wonderful community that I cherish to be a part of everyday. I was lucky to have a supportive family and school which gave me the opportunity to go climbing, but I know many don't have this, which is why I am an ambassador for Urban Uprising. Climbing might not be for everyone but for some it will change their lives forever, and I want to help more young people get access to this wonderful sport.

Robbie Phillips is a Scottish climber with a penchant for big adventurous climbs, be they big boulders in his back yard or big walls in the remotest parts of the world, it doesn't really matter, he loves it all!!!