Tony the Blade
My family were keen walkers, most weekends you could find us in the Peak District or further afield.
Aged 16 I got into climbing and I still climb to this day although my grade is a great deal lower than it was.
My walking has continued into adult life and I have done the Yorkshire Three Peaks at least 15 times and Iíve been on Kinder Scout at least 50 times! I completed the Pennine Challenge (The first 60 miles of the Pennine Way in 24 hrs) and I have completed a number of mountain marathons including OMM and Saunders. I am still a keen runner taking part in fell races around the country. I love nothing more than walking over a few days and either wild camping or utilising a bothy.
I have walked in many UK mountain areas including the Lakes, Snowdonia, Scottish Highlands, Black Mountains, Peak District, Dartmoor etc. and for the past 4 years I have run weekend navigation workshops for groups. I have also managed groups of young people in locations such as Pen-y-fan, Cheddar, Peak District, The Lakes etc.
I have also trekked internationally having completed the Annapurna and Machupuchre Base Camps in the Nepalise Himalayas, the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand, and numerous Alpine treks in Europe.
I have climbed Mont Blanc and a few other peaks in the Chamonix area as well as climbed in the Chamonix valley. I am still a keen winter climber, having been to Scotland on many occasions climbing in the Highlands, including Ben Nevis (North Face), the Cairngorms and Aonach Mor.
Best Climbing Experience
Numerous trips throughout Europe and the UK with many different friends.
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User Profileregistered 28/Jan/04
Been Climbing For
More than 20 years
Winter - III
Trad - VS
Sport - 6a
Indoor - 6a
Ben Nevis North Face
Trail Running (UK)
Several times a year
In the UK & Europe
Middlefell Buttress for the whole exposed multi-pitch experience... Golden Oldy for the mixed snow/ice/rock/turf stuff... Mentle Lentils for slate... and anything I can do on grit!
Ben Nevis #2 gulley for scary ice pitches.
The Gouter Route up Mont Blanc!
Yellow circuit at Bas Cuvier.
Ledge Route 2
Ledge Route II
Number Four Gully I
Looning the Tube E1 5a
Teaser VS 4c
The Wandering Primrose S 4a
Laceration VS 5a
Crotched Gully II
The Runnel II
Jacob's Ladder I
Left Wing S 4a
Number Two Gully II
Golden Oldy II
Number Two Gully II
Mental Lentils HVS 5b
... list all 16 climbs
... not setup
Cave Gully II
Dorsal Arete II
Curved Ridge II/III 3
Aonach Eagach Ridge (winter) II
Kinder Downfall (Downfall Climb) II/III
... list all 5 climbs