Chemistry PhD student at the flattest university in the country who takes every opportunity to vanish into the mountains!
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Best Climbing Experience
Many, many happy days in the hills, but here are a selection (many repeat events):
*Waking up in a bivvy bag high in the Alps to see the sun rise on the snow-clad peaks opposite.
*Plunging towards the sunset down through the bracken from the Aonach Eagach to the Clachaig and a well-earned pint.
*Sitting on top of Stanage in the sunset, setting the belay or coiling ropes after a good day's climbing.
*Seeing someone I've taught to climb from the first time they roped up making their first hard lead.
*The moment when that key nut just locks into the crack after a long runout.
*Sitting at the bottom of a seacliff watching the waves waiting for my partner to finish the belay.
*Survival-bag sledging most of the way down Nevis (cutting the zig-zags on the tourist route) to save time after a winter's day.
*Bouldering by car headlights on the Cromlech boulders because we didn't want to leave the Pass!
*Heading out of Cambridge northwest along the A14 on a Friday night to where the horizon is normal (i.e. non-flat)
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Ummm. Bit of a gear freak, so anything to do with gear is good. Also seem to spend a lot of time talking about the superiority of certain rock types over others. Mostly a lurker on the forum, though.
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Interests Outside Climbing
Christianity, Chemistry, Photography (mainly Sports Photography), Rowing (well, Coxing), Classical Music, SciFi/Fantasy.
I suppose that it could be said that my climbing is part of a more general love of the outdoors, whether traveling through it or just sitting contentedly in it, encompassing everything from a gentle ramble in the fens or along a beach up to desperate alpine summits, enjoying the awesome beauty and majesty of creation. This is why I don't like indoor climbing, nor care overmuch about grades.
About My Photography
Prolific and Improving - though due to time restrictions I haven't been able to get to interesting bits of the country in a long time, so don't have recent relevant pictures to show, though am making something of a name for myself locally as a sports photographer!
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Anything Else We Should Know
Working for my SPA for the summer camp that I help with; if I start making the stereotypical SPA-type comments, can someone tell me to "shut up and go climb something".
Also former President ('11-'12) of the Clare College, Cambridge Rock-Climbing and Trekking Society (RATS) - and before that Trips Secretary ('08-'11) and Treasurer ('05-'09)