“For me personally, climbing is open spaces, it’s freedom”

“I had made a security for myself, owning the house and not having any debts, which gave me the freedom to then go and pursue a life that I wanted to explore.

“[Working as a prison guard] made stressful, risky situations on the rock and in the mountains actually not feel as bad as they were too, because what I was facing at work a lot of the time, for me, was more stressful. I got to a certain level of coping with stress and every time I went out on rock and in the mountains it just felt like a relief and enjoyable really.

“For me personally, climbing is open spaces, it’s freedom, it’s the ability to get up in the morning and go out and do something where I don’t quite know how the day is going to end.”

For Bullock, the retired prison guard, it often comes back to freedom, and the unpredictability of a life spent not just outside of a prison, but outside the realms of all security, whether that be in a van, on a rock face in Wales, or halfway up a little known mountain wall in China.

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