By way of introduction we asked Jack Geldard, UKClimbing.com's new Assistant Editor to explain himself.
Jack in the JoSiTo bar, aprés climb at Geyikbayiri, Turkey.
© Suzie Wilson
Who is he?
Where's he from?
I moved to Llanberis a couple of years ago, primarily for the climbing and it's been really good. I hope to stay in Wales for quite some time, if only we could put an umbrella over the Llanberis Pass.
What has he done and what does he do?
I like all the different forms of climbing, which helps with my motivation and helps me beat the weather. I enjoy eliminate limestone bouldering just as much as I enjoy perfect ice couloirs on blue sky days well almost.
When did he start climbing?
Jack Geldard on the first ascent of Rocky E8 6c
© Dave Pickford
What has he climbed?
Abroad, I've climbed in a variety of places; a couple of winters in the Alps, one living in my old van the diesel froze one night in Grindalwald and we had to light the MSR under the fuel tank (not recommended!). I've climbed in the USA, but not much; a quick trip to Yosemite and the High Sierras. I've been to South America a couple of times, climbing in Brazil and Peru and I was lucky enough to get a place on a BMC exchange to South Africa a few years ago, which was really good fun.
With work I've hiked around and done a lot of scrambling and easy climbing in Yemen, Oman and Libya and quite a while ago now I had a long climbing trip to Wadi Rum in Jordan.
More recently I've been sport climbing in France, Spain, Italy and Turkey, bouldering in Fontainebleau, climbing summer routes in the Mont Blanc range and in the Dolomites, and exploring some big walls in Morocco.
Next up is a trip to Madagascar in April/May of 2008, which I'm really looking forward to we've got a great team together and hopefully it'll be a lot of fun bolting routes whilst dangling from sky-hooks.
Climbing associated work?
I still manage to get out instructing in North Wales, mainly for Plas y Brenin, but most of my work these days is computer based and from home. I'm still actively involved in climbing wall design for the Beacon Climbing Centre and lately I've been working on several projects for Rockfax.
Journalism isn't entirely new to me either, having had pieces published in various climbing magazines, national papers and most exclusively on UKClimbing.com. I also recently won the Mountain Literature Festival writing competition with my essay; Under the Black Cliff.
Finally: What is he bringing to UKClimbing.com?
UKClimbing.com is an amazing resource for climbers worldwide. Google searches, on almost any climbing subject, throw up UKC pages. My passion is making those pages useful and accurate and available to everyone.
We have many different styles of climbing and climber on our little island, and UKC is a broad church - welcoming all of those styles. That appeals to me. I want to work on our articles, blending professional and reader content. I want to build our databases, as I believe information is vital to the development of our sport. And, when I can, I want to share my knowledge and experiences with others.
Media is moving in to a new era, and I want to be part of it. I can do that with UKClimbing.com.
Jack is an excellent photographer, you can view his UKClimbing.com gallery here, as well as several published articles at UKClimbing.com including:
James McHaffie on the finishing jug of Masters Edge - look at that run out!
© Jack Geldard - Assistant Editor, Nov 2007
Brandler-Hasse - F7a+/E5, Cima Grande di Lavaredo, Dolomites: here
Ogwen VDiffs - "It is beautiful here in North Wales, it's just a shame it's so busy." : here
Super Hero Jacket from Marmot: here
First news reports: here
There is lots more in the pipeline and to come. Jack's own feature articles, destination articles, gear reviews, news reports and of course editing YOUR articles.