Argh!! Erm... Goth, Martial Artist, Accountant (eek!), Civil Engineer. Also do a lot of clubbing in and around the goth scene in Yorkshire and Lancashire. Also like trance, techno etc... Have been known to wear a purple wig.

Moved to Sutton Coldfield in 2007. Am still missing Yorkshire...

2012 was a bit of a write-off. Torn (well, detached - HAGL) shoulder ligaments and capsule and subsequent shoulder operation to nail everything back in place which I'm still recovering from.

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Sutton Coldfield

Best Climbing Experience
Leading my first E1 - "Motorcade" E1 5a at Froggatt

First E2 on-sight Solo - Admittedly a "best experience" in retrospect - was scared witless at the time. Crux was the top move, which I didn't realise when I left the ground... did it though, topped out, then got a severe case of the shakes..

First time I did 100-in-a-day, 115 routes, 6/Aug/2011. Then 151-in-a-day, 13/Aug/2011. Both the 115 and the 151 at Birchen/Stanage.

First time I did 200-in-a-day, 210 routes, 29/6/2013. Windgather-Bamford-Burbage-Birchen-Stanage.

A clean on-sight lead of Chalkstorm, **bounce**.

Climbing in Yosemite Valley.

A lot of the climbing in Spain.

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Interests Outside Climbing
Main interest is Aikido, which I have studied for around ten years. Also attempting to re-learn how to play piano and violin after a twenty year break - hard work, but progressing....

I do a bit of running, but not much, 3-5k three times a week, just really to get some aerobic exercise in now 40 years old is approaching!

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Anything Else We Should Know
Ignore the grades to the right, I am merely a reasonably solid VS leader who very, very occasionally has a good day. I also climb about six grades higher on slabs than on anything vertical.

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registered 16/Feb/04
updated 12/Sep/14


Been Climbing For
4 to 10 years

Best Onsights
Indoor - 7a
Trad - E4
Sport - 6c+

Worked Grades
Indoor - 7c
Sport - 7a
Bouldering - V7

Favourite Crag/Rock

Favourite Wall
Redpoint, Brum

Best Magazine
Climber (UK)

I Climb...
Several times a week
In the UK

Favourite Climbs
Epitaph (HS 4a) - Baildon Bank
Scar (E2 5c) - Baildon
Arc of a Diver (E1 5b) - Crummarkdale
Orient Express (E2 5c) - Giggleswick South
Rain Shadow (E2 5c) - Shakemantle
Blackball (E3 5c) - Ilkley
Chalkstorm (E4 5c) - The Roaches
Four Steps to Heaven (E3 5c) - Fairy Cave

Latest Climbs
Sundowner E2 5a
Incursion E1 5b
Cent E1 5b
Typical Grit HS 4a
Heartless Hare E5 5c
What I've Done E1 5b
Three Pebble Slab E1 5a
Two-sided Triangle E1 5b
Bulbous Bow HVS 5b
Mitch Pitch E1 5c
Stumpy E1 5a
Rabies E1 5c
Ratline HVS 5b
Pod Crack E1 5c
Something Better Change E2 5b.
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Climbs Wishlist
Downhill Racer E4 6a
Great Slab E3 5b
Track of the Cat E5 6a
Obsession Fatale E7 6b
The Snivelling Shit E5 6a
Time for Tea E3 5c
Forked Lightning Crack E3 5c
Heartless Hare E5 5c
Counterstroke of Equity E6 6c
Wings of Unreason E4 6a
... list all 10 climbs