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Climbing hard and saving lives

TCA climber, Dr Ry McHenry’s had an incredible 2020. In between heavy shifts in ICU he managed one of his best climbing years to date.

An interview with a doctor

climbing during the pandemic

TCA’s Sam Scriven spoke to his friend Ry about the challenges of working as a doctor in the intensive care unit during the Covid-19 pandemic and how he managed to climb Requiem E8 at Dumbarton Rock and Dalriada E7 on The Cobbler in the Arrochar Alps – some of Scotland’s finest hard trad lines  – in one season whilst still staying sane.

Ry reflects on motivations, difficulties, support from friends and how climbing helped him to cope with work on the NHS front lines.



Photo by Brian Pollock