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Morgan Preece Interview

Morgan Preece



We had a quick chat with Morgan at his Llangorse Rope Centre home to find out what he’d been up to recently and what’s in the pipeline for next year.




manzoku – So how has the past year been? What’s been happening?

MP – It’s been a pretty good year.  I did a few hard boulder problems early on: The Riot V10 at Dinas, Bus Stop V9 on the Cromlech Boulders and high-balled Claim 2 Fame E7 6c at Huntsham’s.  I then did Smashed Rat F7c and Rose Line 7b+ at Dinas before our trip to France.

manzoku –  Your first French road trip, how was it for you?

MP – Awesome.  Loads of crags and good routes.  Did a bunch of 7a’s and 7b’s on sight including  Fou de Toit, near Briancon (photo above) and Lapinerie at Ceuse, although I didn’t like the walk-in much.

manzoku – and what about the Welsh Climbing Champs?

MP – Oh Yeah, I forgot about that.  That was a bit unexpected but I managed to pull it out of the bag at the end.  The final was a bit intense.  I haven’t competed for a while so I wasn’t ready for the crowds.  It was pretty wild.  I heard them cheer so I guessed I must have been doing alright.

manzoku – It’s been over a year since your accident (Morgan hit the deck when a hold snapped on an E3 at Llangattock, resulting in a couple of crushed vertbrae)  How are you doing now?

MP – Good, I’d recommend it !!!  I think I’ve come back stronger although it was bit weird getting back on the wall again.  I think the rest has done me good.

manzoku – What about 2013, what are your plans for the coming year?

MP – Well, getting some coaching!  Do some proper training rather than the messing around I’ve been doing so far.  I want to push the boat out a bit, solid V12 and get to try a F8b or two.  Try some stuff at Raven Tor, I think those kind of routes would suit me, and finish off Brad Pitt.  I tried it two years ago and I almost got it but I’ve got a score to settle.  I also want to try Coming Up For Air, the direct on Big Air.  I did Big Air two years ago so just fancy the line.

manzoku – Thanks Morgs.  We look forward to working with you over the coming year.