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 has been a bit of a write-off. Torn shoulder muscle and a knacked wrist and I've torn another muscle in my back (the latter doing warm-up exercises, oh the irony..). Thank god its been raining otherwise I'd be going nuts. Here's to 2013..!
Edit: Shoulder OP in October. I appear to have actually done some damage...
Edit #2: Likely three months off as a result of operation... Grrr... At least its in the winter...
Edit #3: Climbing again 8 weeks after the operation, but took another four months to get back to something approaching form... not *quite* got full range of movement back either.
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.
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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Been Climbing For
4 to 10 years
Indoor - 7a
Trad - E4
Sport - 6c+
Indoor - 7b
Sport - 7a
Bouldering - V7
Several times a week
In the UK
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
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 E1 5c
Mitch Pitch E1 5c
Stumpy E1 5a
Rabies E1 5c
Ratline HVS 5b
Pod Crack E1 5c
Something Better Change E2 5b.
Ash Tree Wall VS 4c
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Downhill Racer E4 6a
Great Slab E3 5b
Track of the Cat E5 6a
Obsession Fatale E7 6b
The Sniveling Shits 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
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