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GB Bouldering team member Ben West and top Mammut athlete Cailean Harker have joined forces.

Cailean’s move to Bristol to chase down Ben West landed him in the hub of Bristol’s growing set of über-strong young climbers who were spread out across all the walls in Bristol along with, as we all know, a quickly growing climbing community.

Their idea is to form a high quality coaching company that integrates the best of their talents and experience together. It is suitably named ‘Up-grade’.

Not happy to start slowly, Ben and Cailean have made Up-grade’s debut task to create the first climbing centre independent climbing team/squad in the UK (as far as we know, and apart from the GB Team).


The Up-grade team is an invitation only team comprised the best and keenest of the Bristol youth climbers, along with a few of the British team members who are local or hail from surrounding areas.

With the Bristol climbing scene growing exponentially and with a new bouldering wall (Bloc) opening just over a year ago there has never been such an influx of new climbers as well as climbers developing their skills to a high level, the Up-grade concept will surely grow.

We believe Up-grade, with the paragon combination of Ben and Cailean, are the perfect vehicle to help move Bristol and its climbing status within the UK forward and upwards. Let’s wish them and all of the juniors (and the parents) on the comp circuit throughout the year our very best.


To find out more about Up-grade and how it can help your climbing, visit or contact the team through their Facebook page.

Ben can be found at and Cailean at