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Emma powell | montane


emma powell ice climber | montane


Emma is 18 and has climbed for over a decade, transitioning through disciplines and competing nationally since she was 9 until finding her true passion - ice climbing - in 2011.  Within a year on the tools, she became a member of the GB Ice Climbing team (currently ranked 1st in the UK) and has competed in the UIAA World Youth Ice Climbing Championships five times already.  Amongst this, she manages to climb outdoors prodigiously and has the youngest female ascent on Fast and Furious (D10).  She regularly toures both domestically and abroad.

"I am excited by the opportunity to work with Montane.  I am keen to use their products in my niche field of climbing and to represent the brand."

Photo Credit: Andrew Rutherford Photography


By her own admission, Emma only started climbing at age 7 as it was the only thing that could burn off her excess energy.  Its meditative quality allows her to ‘zone out’ and clear her mind whilst spending time with her Dad – the one who got her into climbing in the first place. By the age of 13 she was onsighting 7c sport and V8 boulder routes.

Fast forward over 10 years and Emma is gripped by the spirit of competition.  Competing for the GB team combines the famed social aspect of climbing with an invigoratingly competitive environment.  This competitive nature is galvanised by sorties outdoors.


"I love to ice climb outdoors and it excites me to find routes. Reading them as i climb."



First and only British person to podium (placing 3rd on 2 different years) at any Ice World Championship

Youngest female in Britain to climb D10 (Hodge Close - Bloodline)

Youngest female in Britain to climb D9+ (Hodge Close - First Blood)

Ranked 1st in Britain for Dry Tooling in senior female category (2016 and 2018)

9th in U19 Youth World Ice Climbing Championships (2017)

3rd in U19 Youth World Ice Climbing Championships (2016)


6th in U16 Youth World Ice Climbing Championships (2015)

3rd in U16 Youth World Ice Climbing Championships (2014)