I am a trad leader and not a boulderer
I am a trad leader and not a boulderer
I am a trad leader and not a boulderer
I am a trad leader and not a boulderer
I am a trad leader and not a boulderer

Hmm, doesn't seem to be making much difference :-(

The "TR" doesn't stands for Top Rope BTW!!!

Londoner working in IT. Started with hill-walking in 2000 have progressed through scrambling (various ridges in Snowdonia & Skye) and indoor rock climbing (at the Castle mostly and the Westway sometimes) to bolt-clipping (Portland and the Costa Blanca) and trad leading (Snowdonia, The Gunks and The Peak).

Finally decided that I had had enough of messing about on VS / HVS and should skip on to E1. This proved to be a surprisingly successful strategy. Does this now mean that I should be targeting E3?

Currently suffering from an A2 pulley tear and morbid obesity.

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Best Climbing Experience

Trad (Level 1): Nothing much compares to Seams the Same, my first E1. It wasn't even for the E-grade tick (I'm aware itís probably low in the grade), just really, really nice, in-balance, moves (trickyish but within my ability) and with a bit of a absence-of-gear-related frisson in the top third. Just a lovely experience.

Trad (Level 2): Topping out on the final pitch of Christmas Curry (S), Craig Bwlch y Moch, Tremadog - my first Severe onsight on about my fourth trad lead. First HVS, Solstice, Bus Stop Quarry, Llanberis Slate. Second, trad lead - Tennis Shoe, The Other Direct Route (HS) Idwal Slabs, Ogwen after having seconded a few days earlier. Slab Climb on the Gribbin Facet in the wind and rain, just a lovely climb. Crackstone Rib (S) Carreg Wastad - probably just the nicest climb I have done so far.

Bouldering: Finallly getting Green Wall Essential at The Buttermilks (Oct 2007). Generally discovering Bishop's incredibly varied climbing :-).

Scrambling: Tryfan (915m) by the north ridge in 85 degree temperatures (never knew it got that hot in N Wales) and Crib Goch / Crib y Ddysgl / Garnedd Ugain (1062m) in the rain (I probably knew already that it got that wet in N Wales).


Falling down Beinn na Caillich in the Red Cullin, Skye in the middle of a rainstorm. If you are going to fall I don't recommend 60 degree granite boulder fields!

Somehow managing to slip off the final jugs of Slight Inducement at The Happys. If you are going to fall off the top of a problem, I don't recommend missing the mat!

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1. London isnít THAT bad of a place (though the drive to the nearest crag can be challenging) if 8 million people chose to live there

2. Wall-bred climbers do occasionally venture outside and are not necessarily the spawn of the devil and the end of climbing civilisation as we know it

3. Any random rubbish

4. Correcting spelling & syntax

5. Conspiracy theory denial

6. Being accused of stalking by the person you live with

7. Believing that capitalism isn't intrinsically evil

8. Getting annoyed with my girlfriend altering my profile

9. Posting on UK Fit Club Week X

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Interests Outside Climbing
Cricket and Rugby Union (nowadays more watching than playing). Photography (not very good at it sadly). Softball (occasional work team). Cycling / MTBing. Videogames. Classical and popular music. Travel. Art. Current affairs. Trying to run. Yoga (beginner). Latest talent - cooking cakes!!!

About My Photography
I have nothing to declare except my genius! I took a really great picture of a bus when I was in Barcelona...

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Anything Else We Should Know
I started the clock on "Been climbing for" with trad leading in April of 2004.

Oh and I know way too many Scottish people.

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